While planning your trip, try these URLs for lots of information about Banff places, people, issues and activities (after making TripAdvisor your first stop, of course!)  You may have to cut and paste into your browser to get to the pages:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff

The official site for Banff National Park gives you lots of information about park facilities, activities, trail conditions, safety practices, park user fees.

www.banfflakelouise.com

The official Visitor Information site for Banff and Lake Louise.  If you are looking for things to do, places to stay, or what's happening this is the site to find it all.  If you have any questions please email: info@banfflakelouise.com

www.ec.gc.ca

Click on 5-day Weather, then Alberta, then Banff to get Environment Canada's 5-day forecast.

www.banffcragandcanyon.com

Come to Banff already thinking like a local! Read the Crag and Canyon (Banff's local newspaper since 1900) for a few weeks before you come to find out what is occupying the minds of Banffites.  News, sports, community events, wildlife encounters - they're all in the Crag.

www.digitalbanff.com

Webmaster and Banff local Jim Swanson gathers info about all things Banff for his ever-changing and lively site. He diligently provides links to online publications' articles about Banff .

www.bowvalleymountainforum.org

This newcomer to the Banff online scene provides a comprehensive calendar of community events, briefs on environmental issues, and discussion threads.  Check out the community calendar to see whether there might be an interesting public open house or environmental presentation while you're in Banff.

www.banffcentre.ca

Click on "Events" on the Banff Centre site to find out about concerts, films, readings, exhibitions -- many of them FREE.

www.banfflife.com

Want to know what life is like for the young waiter or chambermaid who takes care of you during your stay in Banff?  This excellent site, aimed at young service workers who are newcomers to the community, gives you an idea of the joys and challenges he or she may face.  The YWCA's "Local's Lowdown" provides information aimed at a similar audience at http://www.ywcabanff.ab.ca

www.banff.ca

This is the official site of the Town of Banff -- a great resource for locals and visitors, having fun, doing business, working, and all things local council related.

www.banffinfo.com

This commercial company is operated by friendly, knowledgeable locals who provide a free-to-the-visitor year-round reservation and planning service for accommodation, transportation and activities.

www.banffheritagetourism.com/

The Banff Heritage Tourism Corporation encourages businesses to incorporate heritage messages into their services.  At their site, you can find good information on the history of the Town.

www.whyte.org

The Whyte Museum houses a spectacular art collection, exhibit galleries and a heritage homes collection -- all focused on the Canadian Rockies.  They put on tours and interesting events, at modest cost.