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“Shaw Ampitheatre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Banff Centre

The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1H5, Canada
403 762 6301
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Ranked #13 of 67 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Banff Centre presents over 400 public concerts, performing arts events, festivals, and gallery exhibits each year. Premier events include the Banff Summer Arts Festival, the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and Banff Jazz. The Banff Centre is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. Our mission is inspiring creativity! Tickets to all events may be purchased on our website.
Calgary, Canada
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Shaw Ampitheatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were fortunate enough to attend the Blue Rodeo Concert on July 6th. What a venue- outstanding....mountains everywhere you look. Million dollar view for a $50 ticket, will come back again and again. Very well run. Thanks Banff Centre for agreat evening.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank M T
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North Vancouver
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“Amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Beautiful place. Even if there is nothing going on that you want to see, go and have lunch in the cafeteria. The view will amaze you. Easy walk from town, just one little hill (well, one rather strenuous hill actually), but worth it.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Lynne C
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Main Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Add this to your Banff list-"must do"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Tucked away high above the Town of Banff on the side of Tunnel Mountain is this extensive attraction/institution. It boasts several theatres, a sporting complex- with pools, weight room, hot tubs and massage services. There are live performances of all aspects of the Arts, from amazing live music to Opera and film presentations. It also is an educational institution that is steeped in history. For decades famous artists of all disciplines have come here to workshop, present, inspire, teach and learn. In addition it plays host to numerous conferences each year as the grounds, venues and layout is ideal for large groups on short or long stays. There is ALWAYS something happening here. In late October each year, the Banff Centre hosts the iconic Banff Mountain Film Festival. It runs over the course of a week and is a rite of passage for all mountain enthusiasts to attend and be inspired by the films, books, crafts and photography. Key note speakers of the past include Aaron Ralston, Sir Edmund Hillary, Nando Parrado and Conrad Anker. If you are in Banff, anytime of year, pay a visit to this inspiring institution, you won't be disappointed. It is a 5 minute drive up from main street or a 20 minute walk. It can also be accessed by public transport. Plenty of food and beverage options and hotel facilities too.

Visited May 2013
5 Thank Grant T
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Never go to a conference here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Never go to a conference here. If you have any control, never book a conference here. They overbook the rooms and randomly choose conference attendees who have had reservations for months cancel their reservations. They then make up for this by booking people in hotels as far away as possible while still technically in Banff. There are so many better conference locations, so there is no reason to deal with this incompetence.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank aal807
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Calgary, Alberta
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“Very cool stop in Banff and a nice walk from town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Banff Centre is a gorgeous campus located part way up the Tunnel Mountain, just outside of Banff. The walk to the campus is great (offers awesome views of the Bow River and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel) and the campus itself is very pleasant. It is nice to walk around the campus and take in the gorgeous views of the town below.

Visited April 2013
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