Take a cooking class with this local female chef

Om Cooking

Courtesy of Om Cooking's Facebook Page

Courtesy of Om Cooking's Facebook Page

Take a local cooking class with Mystee Maisonet, a cook who specializes in preparing healthy meals. Her classes are updated seasonally, but the current line-up includes learning how to prepare a variety of raw nut milks from almonds and hazelnuts, or her Kombucha Camp, which teaches you everything you need to know to start home-brewing Kombucha. She has an additional class in preparing raw desserts.

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Buy a souvenir from this woman-owned business

Rocky Mountain Soap

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Soap's Facebook page

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Soap's Facebook page

Take home some great souvenirs by frequenting Rocky Mountain Soap. This woman-owned business creates soaps that range in all shapes, sizes and fragrances. Their products are made with natural ingredients and they’ve got everything from skin care to hair care and bath bombs.

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Visit this Family-run Ski Resort

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Lake Louise in Banff, Canada | © Alberto Aldana/Wikipedia Commons

Lake Louise in Banff, Canada | © Alberto Aldana/Wikipedia Commons

One of three ski hills, Lake Louise sets itself apart by having a variety of mountains to ski, as well as a summer gondola, après ski, and restaurant. Taking a gondola ride here is a great way to get a beautiful view of the mountains and lakes below. It is also a family-run business, with the daughters of the family taking the reigns here. Note: this is a ski resort, not a hotel property and there are no rooms on site.

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Try Dog-Sledding at this Woman-Owned, Ethically-Run Business

Kingmik Dog Sledding

Dog sledding in Canada  | © Pixabay

Dog sledding in Canada | © Pixabay

Go dogsledding in Banff National Park with Kingmik, run by a woman named Megan Routley, who found a passion for dogsledding over great distances and the extraordinary bond that forms between a musher and her dogs. She’s built a business where her dogs are the priority, receiving quality care and adoption efforts after retiring. Fully guided tours take you through the national park, showing you vistas that are not often seen.

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Connect with Nature at this Woman-Owned Forest Bathing Company

Forest Fix

Forest Bathing | © Stock Image

Forest Bathing | © Stock Image

Get in touch with your spiritual side and reconnect with nature by trying “forest bathing.” Over the course of your session with Forest Fix, your guide will help you to feel and experience the forest around you. The opportunity to slow down, focus on the elements and how the earth impacts you is a lovely chance for reflection. This woman-owned company is who you want to call to experience forest bathing at its finest.

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Experience the food scene with this Woman-Owned food tour

Alberta Food Tours

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Courtesy of Alberta Food Tours' Facebook Page

One of the best ways to experience a place is to experience its food – and there’s no way you’ll leave hungry after taking an Alberta Food Tour! This woman-owned business brings guests into some really cool places throughout Canmore and Banff. Take the Fairmont Springs guest tour, for example, and you’ll be taken into the kitchen of one of the most historic and iconic hotel properties in town for an exclusive tasting and cooking event.

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Walk in the footsteps of Canada's indigenous communities with this Woman-owned tour

Mahikan Trails

Courtesy of Travel Alberta

Courtesy of Travel Alberta

Ever wondered how the indigenous peoples of Canada survived in such a harsh environment? Take a tour with woman-owned Mahikan Trails to learn more about the native land, flora and fauna, and how plants have been used as modern medicine for centuries. Did you know rosehip can cure snow blindness? Or that the bark on the Aspen tree can also be used as aspirin? This fun tour is informative and speaks to the history of the region. 

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Book a stay at this charming family-owned Inn

Banff Boutique Inn

Courtesy of Banff Boutique Inn

Courtesy of Banff Boutique Inn

Stay a little longer at the Banff Boutique Inn, a family-owned business where your rooms also include access to a full kitchen, dining room and living room. Located right in the heart of Banff National Forest, you’re just a stone’s throw away from being in the forest, and a five-minute walk from being downtown. 

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A Room with a hot tub, please!

Charlton’s Banff

Courtesy of Charltons Banff, Cedar Court

Courtesy of Charltons Banff, Cedar Court

Family-owned and operated, this 57-room three-star property is a great place to stay if you’re looking for affordable options with amenities to boot (free continental breakfast, anyone?). The indoor pool, hot tub and steam room are a great way to relax after a day on the slopes.

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Stay at this Ski-to-Hotel Property

The Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Courtesy of the Sunshine Sky Lodge in Banff, Canada

Courtesy of the Sunshine Sky Lodge in Banff, Canada

Snow-sport enthusiasts, rejoice! The Sunshine Sky Lodge in Banff is the only ski-to-hotel property around here. Spend the day at the slopes and ski right to the front door of your cozy room afterwards. This property is family-owned, with daughter Kendra Scurfield as communications manager. 

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