Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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Key Info

1 Birch Ave.

Price & Hours

CA$10 (about $8) for adults; CA$5 (about $4 fo...
10 a.m. or 11 a.m.- 5 or 7 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Having opened in 1952, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum has dedicated more than 50 years to educating visitors about the contributions made by native people in the area. Brace yourself if you're a history buff or culture hound; there are numerous displays exhibiting domestic routines, hunting tactics and daily life of the region's inhabitants prior to their encounter with European culture, and how they continued to adapt with European influences.

Recent visitors said the museum offers a good introduction to the history of the First Nations people and offers informative displays and interesting artifacts. According to reviewers, it's relatively small and can be seen in an hour.

The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum – tucked away on Birch Avenue just south of the Bow River – is open seven days a week throughout the year. From May to September, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; during the winter (October to April), the museum welcomes visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs CA$10 (about $8) for adults and CA$5 (around $4) for youths between the ages of 7 and 17. Children younger than 7 can enter for free. Free parking is available at the museum, as well as a gift shop. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Located miles 11 miles west of Banff Town, Sunshine Village offers 12 lifts, more than 3,300 skiable acres and a peak elevation of 7,200 feet. And thanks to its location straddling the Continental Divide, Sunshine sees more snow than its neighbors, meaning the ski season here is long – typically from early November to late May. The powdery terrain beckons skiers of all levels (another point of praise from recent travelers), and the Sunshine Mountain Lodge offers a great setting for dinner and drinks after a day on the slopes. 

If you're not in Banff for ski season, you should still make a point to visit Sunshine, according to reviewers. From mid-June to early autumn, the Sunshine Meadows are open for hiking and provide visitors spectacular alpine views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Assiniboine. Hiking is free and so is the shuttle from town, which runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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