Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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111 Bear St.

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Located just a block back from Banff Avenue on Bear Street, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the only museum of its kind. Named after its patrons, Peter and Catharine Whyte – who were determined to enhance Banff's cultural life – the museum is dedicated to portraying the art and culture of the Canadian Rockies. Here, you'll get a healthy dose of art, history and local folklore. If you're a fan of landscapes, you've come to the right place; the Whyte's loved landscape paintings, both historic and contemporary. 

Previous visitors said this museum offers an interesting insight into the town and development of the park and recommend a visit if you want to get a better understanding of its early settlers. However, travelers also warn that the museum is small and can take as little as 20 minutes to an hour to get through, depending on how much time you spend on each exhibit.

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs CA$10 (about $8) for adults and is free for children younger than 12. Parking is available in a small lot in front of the museum and along Bow Avenue, behind the museum. For more information on events and exhibitions, 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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