5 Experiences at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a wealth of information and entertainment for visitors to Banff National Park. There are so many ways to weave the Whyte through your own experiences here, both on or off the slopes. The best part? Access is complimentary for all SkiBig3 Guided Adventures participants and SkiBig3 Lift Ticket holders who purchase a 3+ multi-day ticket.

Join our Guided Adventures

New to SkiBig3 this season are our Guided Adventures – a personalized ‘ski-PS’ (think GPS on skis) program. Our guides plan a personalized itinerary to fit your interests and abilities, while providing you with local intel and history about our three resorts.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada. Photo by Jake Dyson.
Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada. Photo by Jake Dyson.

They’re trained by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies on local Banff National Park history. This means you’ll receive the highest quality stories of how Banff has grown since its very first beginnings.

Walk Down Memory Lane

If you’ve gotten a taste for the story of Banff and want to learn more, why not pay the Whyte Museum a visit yourself? From First Nations’ regalia and artifacts, to national park milestones, to exhibits on the first explorers, movers and shakers. There’s so much to learn and experience.

Banff Avenue (Main Street), [ca. 1925], George Noble fonds, V469/245, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Banff Avenue (Main Street), [ca. 1925], George Noble fonds, V469/245, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Our insider tip? Make a visit to the Whyte a priority when you first arrive to Banff. Learning about the local area beforehand will allow you to ‘set the scene’ when you experience Banff for yourself.

Take in a Local Exhibition

While the ongoing Gateway to the Rockies heritage gallery exhibition is semi-permanent, with a variety of rotating “pop-up” features, the art gallery exhibitions change multiple times a year. No matter when you visit, it’s sure to delight the senses.

Featured in 'On the Fringe' local exhibition. Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Featured in 'On the Fringe' local exhibition. Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Through their collaboration with local historians, artisans, and influential community members, the Whyte Museum makes Canadian Rockies history and culture and more accessible, for both education and enjoyment.

Bring Home a Piece of Banff

The Whyte Museum gift shop is the perfect one-stop-shop to take home a unique souvenir from your visit to the Rockies, from vintage tourism posters to photo collections of Banff’s first renowned photographers.

Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

You’ll find contemporary and heritage craft arts, a wide selection of books, and exclusive gift items that reflect the culture of the Canadian Rockies.

Visit the Library and Archives

Open from 1pm to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, the library and archives are the backbone of the Whyte Museum, and are a great resource for the history buffs or even the more casual peruser.

Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Photo courtesy of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

See what ski magazines looked like in the 50s, view the very first ski movies from the first filmmakers in the industry and see how they’ve evolved, or take a look at prints and photographs from eras gone by. You’ll learn so much about the people and events that make skiing in Banff National Park what it is today.

Experience Banff National Park’s past and present for yourself with a Canadian Rockies ski vacation! Our Reservations Team is happy to assist in planning your next ski vacation online or by phone at 1-844-754-2443.

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