With fresh snow on the ground and shimmering fairy lights atop the trees and buildings, Banff is a winter wonderland. As the lakes freeze, the bears go to sleep and the ski hills open, Banff becomes the hub of the many winter sports available in the Rockies. After playing in the ice and snow, head into town to enjoy the winter festivals that run throughout the season. Alternatively, take a drive to explore the mountains and scenery, or stay local and experience the culinary wonders that Banff has to offer. However you decide to enjoy your holiday, Banff is the place to be!
Take the stress out of your stay by pre-ordering your lift tickets
Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular activities in Banff over the winter months. We have three world famous ski resorts that run free shuttles from the Banff townsite every day. You can find more information and purchase your tickets in advance here.Get Lift Tickets
Other Popular Activities
Here are the tours and attractions we get the most enquires about. Make sure to add them to your bucket list while travelling through Banff National Park. Call our Front Desk for more information or to book.
If you are searching for the most spectacular view in Banff, look no further. Don’t forget your camera!
Sled Dog Rides
These adorable sled dogs love nothing more than to take you adventuring through the national park.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
Soak in the relaxing hot mineral waters of the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Best enjoyed for a romantic sunset.
Ice Skate on Lake Louise
Hire skates at the Chateau and head to the lake for a memorable experience on beautiful Lake Louise.
Johnston Canyon Ice Walk
Ice-walk through the frozen canyon up to two captivating frozen waterfalls. Remember to take cleats for your shoes.
Ice Magic Festival
Running from mid to late January, this festival showcases the magic of ice carving. Great for the whole family.
Family Friendly Fun
Banff is an amazing place to bring the family to create life-long memories. Here are a few suggestions on where to find fun, family-friendly adventures in the park.
Mount Norquay Tubing
Located only 10 minutes drive from town, Mount Norquay operates the largest tube park in Alberta. They have eight lanes of high-speed fun for ages 4 and up. Sit back and enjoy the ride, or challenge the family to a friendly race!
Cave and Basin
Throughout Banff townsite, there are a number of galleries, museums, as well national and historic sites. The original hot-springs site that ultimately led to the creation of Banff National Park is available to visit year round. The Cave and Basin has a short cave walk that leads to the hot-spring, with interactive exhibits that make it family friendly.
Banff Sleigh Rides
Sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Rocky Mountains. With a warm blanket to sit under, these 45 minute tours are a great length to enjoy the outdoors in winter with the family.
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, here are a few of the exhilarating experiences that the area has to offer.
Guided Snow Shoe Trips
Strap on a pair of snow shoes and head out into the wild. Discover Banff Tours offers local guides that will tell you all about the area and even provide hot chocolate!
Explore the back country with a snowmobiling adventure. They provide all the gear for any experience level. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure.
With many companies in Banff offering heli-skiing opportunities, this is the place to tick it off the bucket list!
Soar above the Rockies and find a unique perspective on the area. This is one of the most spectacular sightseeing trips available in the Bow Valley.
Cross Country Ski
Banff National Park and Canmore Nordic Centre have a variety of well maintained cross country skiing trails suitable for all abilities.
Canmore Cave Tours
Explore a maze of underground tunnels and tight spots. With expert guides to lead you through and options for more advanced caving experiences.
Sometimes you need a good day inside, out of the winter weather. Test out your puzzle skills at the Eureka Escape Room, watch a film at the Lux Cinema or try your luck at High Rollers Bowling Alley.