Explore your creative side in Banff
Banff is a town rich with art and creativity. Whether you are stopping for a latte at one of the cafes down-town, or strolling along Bear Street there is an incredible array of original art work by both local and international artists on exhibition. So, to inspire you to explore your own creative side as well as absorb that of some extraordinary artists, we have put together a list of exhibitions and activities for you and your family during your stay in Banff.
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Located 111 Bear St, Banff
Spirit of the Land and People Exhibition
February 16 to April 3
In the early 1980s, Parks Canada undertook a three-year program of archaeological research and mitigation in response to the twinning development of the Trans-Canada Highway. One of several prehistoric sites that were examined was the Vermilion Lake Site. Radiocarbon dating indicated that there has been human habitation in this area for over 10,000 years. Parks Canada’s role in this very important discovery will be featured in the exhibition, Spirit of the Land and People. In addition, the exhibition will honor Peter and Catharine Whyte’s relationship with First Nations people throughout their lives here. The museum’s collection will highlight the life of their close friend Chief Walking Buffalo, who through his work as a peace activist, created important bridges between cultures. This exhibition celebrates Parks Canada’s 125th Anniversary.
The Stuff of Legend: High Fashion in the Canadian Rockies Exhibition
February 16 to May 31
Celebrate the Luxtons – one of Banff’s most well-known and influential families. This exhibition is a tribute to the spirit, vision, commitment, and creative energy of one of the early pioneer families in Banff and the Bow Valley.
High Fashion in the Rockies – A new story has been added focusing on a surprising collection of gorgeous dresses belonging to Georgina and Eleanor – the Luxton ladies. Rediscovered in the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation collection were dozens of beautiful dresses from 1910 through the 1960s. A small percentage of this extraordinary assortment of apparel along with accessories including gloves, purses, smoking paraphernalia and lingerie, is now in the Heritage Gallery as part of The Stuff of Legend: The Luxton Family in Banff and the Bow Valley.
February 16 to March 1
This gathering of talented glass workers explores a broad range of contemporary glass expressions and includes many types of work with glass including blown, kiln-formed, stained glass, and lampwork. You’ll find hangings, sculpture, jewellery, and more.
Through the Lens
February 16 to April 4
In the 14th year of the Museum outreach program, Through the Lens, we continue to expand the influence of photography and the creative experience. Immersing them in the creative process of traditional and digital photography, this program encourages the participants to experiment and to learn about themselves, their community, and the exciting medium of visual communication through photography.
Students from Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School, and Morley Community School are chosen each year to participate in this exciting program and exhibition. For a four month period the students are involved in field trips, darkroom demonstrations, critiques, portrait workshops, and presentations by exhibiting photographers.
To date over 650 students have participated in Through the Lens. In partnership with the Canadian Rockies Public Schools and the Morley Community School, they are working together towards mutual goals of learning, and developing creativity and self-esteem.
Walter Phillips Gallery
107 Tunnel Mountain Road
Reel Time Film Series
March 7 to April 4
Presented by the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Reel Time Film Series brings some of the best films from the Toronto International Film Festival to the Bow Valley. The series runs the first Monday of every month from October through April, and features both feature-length films and creative Canadian shorts.
The Banff Center
Friday Evening at the Rolston
Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 04, Mar 11, Mar 18
Banff visitors or residents wanting to enjoy an evening of classical music can attend one of the Banff Centre's Friday Evening at the Rolston concerts. The concert series features high level performances by future musicians of the international podium, as well as the Centre's celebrated faculty. Held in the Rolston Recital Hall, ticket admission.
Wild Flour Bakery
The Bison Courtyard, Banff
Funky Magnet Making Night
February 18, 7-9pm
Come out for this first Craft Cafe to make some unique handmade Artisan recycled glass and bottle-cap magnets. The cost is $12 covers brief lesson and all materials and participants will take home several magnets. This is an especially fun Family Day long weekend activity for all ages!
The Wild Flour will be open to serve light snacks and drinks.
The Great Canadian Dollar Store
203 Bear Street, Banff
If you are looking to do some painting yourself, or to buy a sketchbooks for the kids The Great Canadian Dollar Store is a great place to make a quick purchase. The store has everything from craft supplies and enormous canvasses to coloring in books for the little ones -and the best thing is that the products are great quality and very affordable. While there you could even purchase a deck of cards or a board game to play with the family!
Banff isn’t just a beautiful location to hike, ski and ice-skate, it is also a great place to relax and explore your creative side while on vacation!