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 until December 31, 2021. International participants are welcome to apply to on-campus programs that start after January 1, 2022. We continue to monitor the situation closely and ask that all those applying to programs investigate and monitor current regulations of the country from which you will be travelling. 


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Maclab Bistro

Maclab Bistro is now open!

Come visit us for dine-in service and enjoy your delicious meal looking out over the Bourgeau Range, or use our takeaway service. Ask our servers about our weekly wine specials.

Banff Centre is participating in the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program, guests will be asked for proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours prior to your visit and government-issued ID (physical copy). Guests staying on campus will be able to use their faculty/artist card or bedroom key as they will have been pre-screened upon check-in at the Professional Development Centre. Learn more about Banff Centre's COVID-19 on-campus measure here

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

Thank you for joining us this fall for #Nineepicdays in Banff for our first ever LIVE and VIRTUAL hybrid Festival! Mark Your Calendars for the 2022 Festival in Banff!

Oct. 29 - Nov. 6, 2022.

In the meantime catch the WORLD TOUR online or in-person in a town near you.

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 and In-Person Events

Banff Centre is presenting a series of Online and In-Person Events

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Attending Live Events at Banff Centre

Banff Centre has opted into the Restrictions Exemption Program, so proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR or rapid test result taken within 72 hours of arrival, or original proof of medical exemption will be required to attend all live events at Banff Centre. Masks are also mandatory for all public indoor spaces. Learn more about Banff Centre's COVID-19 on-campus measure here.

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 International String Quartet Competition

The Banff International String Quartet Competition is bringing world-class chamber music and international artists to the Canadian Rockies August 29 - September 4, 2022!

Check for information about ticket sales and updates here: Banff International String Quartet Competition 

Watch Recordings from the 2021 Virtual Festival!

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! 

View 2021 Events Recordings

Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation

Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation is now open!

To access Sally Borden Fitness & Recreation you must use the back door entrance and produce your proof of vaccination and government-issued ID at the check-in desk.

Masks are required indoors except while actively engaged in physical activity.

Check for hours of operation, updates and COVID-19 restrictions 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 
  • 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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