Healthy Athletic Active Involved Learning Collaborating
At the heart of the Banff Hockey Academy experience is the personal development of each individual student. Our athletes enjoy the benefits of living in a group, family-life atmosphere, meeting new friends from around the globe and participating in community life. BHA students are given the chance to become a leader in our small community. They are afforded the opportunity to make a direct impact on their environment while the environment also impacts them.
Banff National Park
Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Canada at 4,537 ft (our neighboring town, Lake Louise is the highest.) We encourage students to get out and enjoy the magnificent scenery by providing opportunities for our teams to summit local peaks, like Tunnel Mountain (1,001ft), Sulphur Mountain (2,200ft), and Cascade Mountain (3,077ft). These are the moments of a lifetime, our players bond and create unforgettable memories with each other while experiencing the rare beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Just look for yourself. Weather and schedule dependant, students can organize pond hockey games once the river and lakes in the surrounding area have frozen over. One of our favourite locations is Lake Minnewaka.
The Hockey House
Known as 'the Hockey House' along Banff Avenue, is conveniently located next to Banff Community High School. The residence is a seven minute walk to the Banff Recreation Centre and two blocks away from the town center. The Hockey House serves as the hub, providing a warm and caring environment to all student. Our teams gather here to eat their lunch and dinner, and to watch the latest hockey game.
All female athletes and some male athletes are billeted by a Banff family. Each billet family is required to complete a careful screening process. Local families whose daughter participates in the BHA program are given the first opportunity to host a student.
Part of being a BHA athlete is being an active member and leader within Banff's tight-knit community. Athletes participate in numerous volunteer activities such as the famous Melissa's Road Race, Subaru Triathlon, Banff's Bike Fest and notably the YWCA's "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event. BHA students can compete in community events such as the Mountain Madness Relay which kicks off the annual Winter Festival. The relay consists of downhill skiing, running, cross-country skiing, skating, and skate skiing.