Campus Update

Like you, we believe in the power of artists and leaders.  Banff Centre will continue to ground in our purpose of advancing their creative potential.

As we move through this period of retraction and change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also thoughtfully and purposefully reopening spaces on our campus when it is safe to do so that serve our mission and support creative leaders, culture, our Bow Valley community, mountain culture, and the environment. 

What's happening now

Arts and Leadership Programs - Online and On-Campus

Banff Centre will connect and serve artists, Indigenous and cultural leaders, and audiences around the world through a collection of specially curated on campus and online programs. 

As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada.  We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.


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Maclab Bistro

For this summer, Banff Centre has opened the largest outdoor eating area in the Bow Valley with Maclab Grill. Come and enjoy a special take-away menu and have your delicious meal looking out over the Bourgeau Range. Bring your blanket or camp chair, or find a seat at our picnic tables and Muskoka chairs.

With the exception of a few small pre-packaged condiments, ALL of the takeout containers, cups, cutlery, napkins, and packaging is completely compostable or recyclable. Our team has worked hard to ensure that we maintain our commitment to the Banff Zero Waste Trail

Take a look at the menu, order in advance, or pick up on site. 

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and World Tour | Online Screenings

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival - Live and Virtual! 

The 2021 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival goes hybrid this year! We're bringing films and stories of adventure and exploration from around the world to our newly renovated Jenny Belzberg Theatre at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta.

With the overwhelming popularity of the Virtual Festival in 2020, we're also bringing back Virtual Festival films to the comfort of your home for more epic adventures indoors. 

Find out more about the 2021 Live + Virtual screenings and events! 

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Virtual World Tour

The 2020-21 Virtual World Tour features audience favourites from the 2020 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and special tour edits.

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Encore: Classics Films

Don’t miss our collection of much-loved Festival and World Tour films from the past decade. Whether it’s the first time you’re seeing these films, or the tenth, these staff and audience favourites have enduring appeal. Be a part of the gripping adventures and timeless stories (again)!

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Online Events

Banff Centre is presenting a series of Online Events and Film Screenings

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Walter Phillips Gallery

Walter Phillips Gallery is open on Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:30pm-5pm.

Come by and visit the current exhibition, Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts.

No pre-booking is required. COVID-19 Measures will be applied.

Doing The Right Thing

Banff Centre has been an active member of the Town of Banff Emergency Coordination Committee and COVID-19 Communications Committee since the beginning of the pandemic. Banff Centre has agreed to provide the Don Becker Staff Residence as a self-isolation facility. The self-isolation facility is managed by The Town of Banff. If you need to book an isolation space, please visit or email 

Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival - Online

The Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival is bringing world-class chamber music and international artists to the comfort of your home, for FREE!

The 2021 online Festival led by Festival Director Barry Shiffman, features concerts with Banff Quartet Festival Chamber OrchestraViano Quartet with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, Callisto Quartet with cellist Desmond Hoebig, Dalí Quartet, Kelemen Quartet, film screenings, and more! 

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Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation

The reopening of the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation is dependent on safety and  includes a phased approach.
The Fitness Centre and Climbing gym re-open on September 22. 

Check for hours of operation and updates here: Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation

Future Planning

Restaurants, Hotels, and Campus Services

Temporarily closed

  • Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Vistas Dining Room 
  • Sally Borden Fitness Centre and Recreation
  • The Paul D. Fleck Library
  • Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation
  • Lloyd Hall Hotel
  • Professional Development Centre

If you have any questions, please contact Guest Services.

Conferences and Meetings

Over the next few months, Banff Centre’s facilities will begin to gradually reopen for meetings, conferences, trainings, and events. As the meetings landscape is changing, we are developing new procedures and safety protocols based on the guidelines from Alberta Health. From evolving meeting room layouts, new elevated dining options, and innovative programming for hybrid meetings, we are committed to providing a stellar experience to the meeting planners and conference delegates.

Please reach out to Conferences Sales Team for more information.

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