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20 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in Winter

Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a bucket list destination for many.

Banff and the surrounding Canadian Rockies is an unquestionable 4 season destination with an unlimited number of things to do in Banff in winter.

So, whether you’re planning a Banff Christmas or just want to take advantage of the limitless Banff winter activities, you’re sure to be busy and to fall in love with this Canadian Rockies gem. 

20 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in Winter
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20 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in Winter

A Banff winter dramatically transforms the landscape into a winter wonderland opening up possibilities not available in the warmer months. You’ll never have to wonder what to do in Banff in winter! In fact, your Canadian Rockies itinerary just can’t be long enough.

1. Ski the Big 3.

Banff Winter - Skiing at Lake Louise
Credit: Ski Big 3 Media / Jake Dyson

Obvious, of course, But, also strategically placed as #1 on this list of 20 for all the nonskiers who think Banff + winter = only skiing. Yes, a Banff itinerary in winter typically includes some skiing. But, the beauty is a nonskier can plan 3 days in Banff or A LOT more and never get bored.

This works out perfectly because the skiers will all but run to the slopes, with their 360ยฐ snowy mountain views and the smoothest, driest snow skis can glide upon!

Banff and the surrounding area has 3 ski resorts to choose from, Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay.

Whether you’re looking to ski over the continental divide, go off-piste, cruise while taking in the incredible Canadian Rocky views, need a family-friendly set-up to accommodate skiers of all levels or just want to ski at an award-winning resort, Banff and Lake Louise’s 3 ski resorts have you got you covered.

If you’re planning to ski, make sure you have the right ski gear packed to ensure a great experience!

2. Banff Ice Skating. (Absolutely epic)

Banff National Park Two Jack Lake
Two Jack Lake

Skating in Banff comes with plenty of options.

When the temperatures drop, Banff outdoor skating begins! The lakes and rivers freeze solid creating glassy rinks surrounded by evergreen trees and jagged snow-capped mountain peaks.

Two Jack Lake, Johnson Lake, Lake Minnewanka, the Bow River, and of course, the fairytale Lake Louise make for unparalleled natural rinks.

Lake Louise is maintained and cleared of snow, making it the safest natural rink all winter long. On the other naturally frozen surfaces, windy conditions (and skaters with shovels!) will move snow from the ice and make it easier to check the thickness of the ice.

Things to do in Banff in Winter - Two Jack Lake
That’s me on Two Jack Lake!

For Banff skate rentals and even hockey sticks visit Banff Adventures. The friendly staff will set you up so you can head off to practice your spins and puck pass.

Don’t want to brave the cold? The Fenlands Banff Recreation Center has an indoor rink open to the public with skates available for rental right there.

3. Go tubing in Banff.

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Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

No need to be a skier or snowboarder to slide down a snow-covered mountain!

The Mt. Norquay tubing park has a magic carpet to carry you and your tube to the top of the slope. The only thing left is the rush of sliding down in your own lane.

Mt. Norquay’s tubing is open every day, as well as Friday and Saturday nights from 5 pm-9 pm. If you have a Ski Big 3 pass, tubing is included with your pass.

For those who want the simple pleasure of sledding, head just behind the Banff Springs Hotel, on Spray Meadows Hill. There’s a smaller hill for sledding and sleds can be rented in town.

4. Indulge in cozy warm foods.

Banff National Park - WIld Flour
Definitely try the 5-grain porridge from Wild Flour!

What is winter without warm comfort food?!

Take a moment to warm up in one of Banff’s cafes with a frothy cup or bowl of warmth guaranteed to ward off even the most persistent chill.

All located within the town of Banff, goodies like this bowl of 5-grain porridge or a steaming cup of coffee from Wild Flour, Whitebark, or Evelyn’s will warm up your insides and can even be carried out if you’re off to your next winter adventure.

5. Ride the Banff Gondola for insane Rocky Mountain views.

Banff in winter Banff Gondola
The Canadian Rockies surrounding the town of Banff from the Sulphur Mountain Summit near sunset.

The top of Sulphur Mountain offers breathtaking views of Banff, the Bow River, and the magnificent Canadian Rockies that stretch as far as the eye can see. In order to reach the top, you can hike or take the gondola.

The gondola, of course, inflicts less pain your legs but a bit more pain on your wallet.

The Banff gondola ride whisks you (warmly) up the 7, 486 ft. up to the Sulphur Mountain summit. Once at the top, walk along the Banff gondola skywalk for jaw-dropping 360ยฐ Rocky Mountain views.

Banff Winter - Banff Gondola

The Banff gondola price is $56 when purchased 48 hours in advance, or $62 at the gate. Banff gondola tickets are $28 when purchased in advance for kids ages 6-15. Children 5 and under are always free, as are all children every day before noon.

If you do opt to hike, the strenuous hike is a series of switchbacks leading to the observation deck at the top. In winter, the conditions are generally very poor on the trail. Ice cleats and/or snowshoes are recommended. Check Parks Canada’s Trail Report for the latest on the conditions.

The plus is, in the winter, you can ride the gondola down for free.

6. Discover the winter forest with a little (or a lot of) Banff snowshoeing.

Banff National Park Spray River
Snowshoeing alongside the Spray River, just before it started to snow.

The Banff winter hike typically includes snowshoes and, luckily, there’s an endless number of Banff snowshoe trails around town and in the surrounding Lake Louise area.

You can follow hiking trails or set your own path across lakes and into the backcountry. The full-body aerobic workout will get your heart pumping and keep you warm even in the coldest temperatures and having the right winter hiking pants doesn’t hurt!

But, no matter your physical shape, the incredible scenery will take your breath away!

Beginners may want to start with a snowshoe to Stewart Canyon where you can walk along the icy Cascade River as it feeds into Lake Minnewanka. Or, snowshoe the loop around Johnson Lake as it weaves through a variety of evergreen trees and provides sweeping views of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle.

Banff Winter- Snowshoeing at Lake Louise
Snowshoeing across Lake Louise!

My personal favorite snowshoeing outing was along the Spray River East Trail.

The Spray River Valley was absolutely picture-perfect covered in white with icy bluish frozen chunks suspended in time until spring. Even better, the trail is quieter than others so don’t be surprised if you’ve found your own spot in Banff National Park’s winter wonderland.

If you need snowshoes and poles, rent everything you need at Banff Adventures. I was so impressed with the quality of their gear and how quick and easy it was to get set up for the day.


Traveling to Banff soon?

Research and book your hotels on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. I absolutely loved my stay at The Juniper Hotel. I’ve also had great stays at the Banff Aspen Lodge and the Fox Hotel & Suites.


7. Hunt for the Parks Canada red chairs.

Banff Winter- Kootenay, Red Chairs
C’mon cloud…would you mind clearing out?

Are you up for a challenge?

Parks Canada has placed pairs of red chairs throughout Canada’s National Parks. When you find a set, you just can’t help but sit down…no matter how cold that chair is! Why?

Parks Canada found spots with epic views of mountains, lakes, rivers, and all the natural beauty you can imagine in between. Spend just a few moments in the chairs and let the peace of the scenery in front of you settle in your mind and heart.

Take it from me, though. The longer you sit, the more you won’t want to leave.

8. Photograph a gorgeous Banff sunrise.

Banff National Park Sunrise

Just a few minutes outside of downtown, the Vermillion Lakes in Banff sits at the base of Mt Norquay.

Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle are perfectly positioned behind the lakes making for an incredible spot to watch the day’s first light brighten the sky and reflect the mountains on the lakes. When the sun finally peaks above the horizon, it’s nestled just so between the 2 mountains for a brilliant display of rays and warm light.

Yes, a winter’s morning Banff sunrise is bound to be quite cold, but the sun also rises later in winter. You can actually sleep to a respectable time, grab a coffee, and head to the Vermillion Lakes just in time.

9. Finish your Banff sunrise over breakfast at Juniper Bistro.

After you’ve filled your camera with gorgeous sunrise photos, make the 2-minute drive to the Juniper Hotel and Bistro. The restaurant has a wall of windows facing the Vermillion Lakes and the mountains beyond.

You can watch the sun lift higher and brighten the national park while eating a top-notch breakfast.

(The Juniper Bistro serves absolutely delicious dinners, too. In winter, though, expect it to be already dark by the time you sit to eat. The fireplace and bar area make for a toasty warm spot for pre-dinner cocktails. The Juniper Hotel in Banff is also my top hotel choice in Banff!)

10. Grab your Icefields Parkway map and hit the road!

Banff Winter- Icefields Parkway Crowfoot Glacier
Can you see Crowfoot Glacier?

One of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway is an absolute winter adventure!

Visitors can drive the parkway for the jaw-dropping views and scenic photo pull-offs. Or, rent gear at Wilson Mountains Sports in the village of Lake Louise just before the Icefields Parkway to snowshoe or cross-country ski into the snow-covered forests and frozen-over lakes along your journey.

Pro Tip – Speaking of gear, make sure you’re prepared for the outdoors in any season!

There are several Icefields Parkway points of interest in winter including Bow Lake and Peyto Lake that are worth a stop. Both have beautiful snowshoe trails to explore, just be sure to check the trail conditions before venturing out.

Banff Winter- Icefields Parkway
Expect the road to have a compacted coating of snow.

Don’t lose sight of the fact that you are in the Canadian Rockies in the winter. Icefields Parkway winter conditions should be checked and taken seriously. The road is only maintained in the daylight hours and will likely have a layer of compacted snow or ice. Icefields Parkway hotels, gas stations, and other service stops will be all closed.

Pro Tip – If you’re renting a car, request a four-wheel drive! 

Check the weather for a bright blue sky day, wear the proper winter gear, pack food and water, and go slowly. You can absolutely enjoy some of the incredible beauty the Icefields Parkway has to offer.

11. Join one of the Lake Louise Sleigh Rides for a winter win.

Banff National Park - Lake Louise Sleigh Ride

Lake Louise is gorgeous in any season, but in winter it’s like walking into a snowglobe.

The Lake Louise ice castle, Lake Louise skating, and Lake Louise snowshoeing and cross-country skiing across the lake combine for a scene from a winter wonderland movie. Take all of this in from a horse-led sleigh ride on a path alongside the lake.

Bundle up in a blanket or cozy up next to your travel companions. If you’re lucky, someone will shake the snowglobe and flurries will fly!

12. Explore the endless natural beauty on a few Banff scenic drives.

Banff Winter- Bow Valley Parkway
Just off the Bow Valley Parkway…

After days of skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating, it’s nice to let your muscles recoup and take in the picturesque landscape from the warmth of your car.

The Icefields Parkway is the iconic scenic drive that rightfully deserves a spot on this list and its own post. But, there are plenty of other can’t miss Banff scenic drives.

The Bow Valley Parkway which connects Banff and the Lake Louise area weaves through the landscape with evergreen and mountains as far as the eye can see. In winter, you can’t drive all the way to Lake Louise, but enough of the road is open to admire the beauty. The narrow road and close-in evergreen trees sparkle after a few inches of fresh snow.

The Lake Minnewanka Loop is perfect for capturing the immenseness of the lake and the snowcapped mountains all around. Along the way, admire frozen-over Two Jacks Lake or turn off to see Johnson Lake. Be sure to look for the bighorn sheep that hang out in the area.

Banff Winter -Frozen Lake Minnewanka
A frozen Lake Minnewanka

The hill up to the Mt. Norquay ski area also leads to the Norquay Lookout. You’ll gain a birds-eye view of the town and a perspective on how looming the mountains are surrounding it.

The Vermillion Lakes Road is short but a great drive to see the colors of dawn and dusk, as well as look for wildlife.

And, lastly, the 35 miles of TransCanada Highway that cover the distance from Banff to Lake Louise has to be one of the most beautiful highway drives on the planet.


Traveling to Banff soon?

Research and book your hotels on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. I absolutely loved my stay at The Juniper Hotel. I’ve also had great stays at the Banff Aspen Lodge and the Fox Hotel & Suites.


13. Strap on ice cleats (or snowshoes) and do the Johnston Canyon ice hike.

Banff National Park Jonhston Canyon

One of the most popular things to do in Banff in winter is to strap on a pair of ice cleats and do the Johnston Canyon ice walk. The frozen waterfalls create a Narnia-esque winterscape full of dramatic beauty.

Hike to Lower Falls and then follow the path to reach upper falls for a 5km round trip adventure. If you have more time and the trail conditions allow, continue on to the Ink Pots.

The Johnston Canyon winter ice is also sought out by climbers looking to hone their ice climbing skills. On any given day, you’ll likely be able to watch the climbers on their way up.

You can also take in the natural beauty on a guided ice walk in Johnston Canyon. It simplifies the day with the guide leading the way and providing cleats and poles.

14. Do some Banff National Park wildlife spotting.

Banff National Park Wildlife

No matter which season you visit Banff and the Canadian Rockies, you’re entering the home of countless animals, large and small. In Banff, the most easily spotted are mule deer, bighorn sheep, and elk.

Banff National Park Wildlife

However, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, and cougars live in the area. The bears will be hibernating in the winter, but the others are still active in the winter months.

Banff National Park Wildlife

On this Banff winter trip, I was lucky enough to see wildlife along the Bow Valley Parkway, the Lake Minnewanka Loop, and at the Mt. Norquay Lookout.

Please remember, you’re in their territory. Be respectful. Keep your distance. And, help keep the Banff National Park animals wild. Absolutely no feeding wildlife.

15. Walk through town & discover the best of Banff shops and restaurants.

Banff National Park Town

Banff’s pedestrian-friendly main avenue and smaller side streets are lined with shops, restaurants, and bars.

In winter, once the sun starts to set, visitors shop for treats at Banff’s Sweet Shoppe or look for the coziest Banff sweatshirt and fleece-lined socks complete with moose silhouettes.

The shops will get you thinking about great gift ideas for friends & family who love the outdoors!

When thirst or hunger strikes, pop into a bar or restaurant for an apres-drink and food ranging from pizza to steak to fondue and everything in between.

16. Don’t miss out on a dinner at Park Distillery Banff.

Banff National Park - Park Distillery

Speaking of places to eat in Banff, it would be unfair if I didn’t share my top pick. Of all the restaurants in Banff, my heart belongs to just one, Park Distillery. So much so, I couldn’t leave Banff without returning for a second time.

Dubbed as campfire cuisine, the menu has wood-fired dishes like roast chicken, seared salmon, and vegetable sides like creamed kale and grilled carrots. Ingredients are locally sourced from nearby farms and expertly prepared. Your campfire cookout never tasted so good!

Banff National Park - Park Distillery

I was a satisfied happy camper with my veggie bowl containing fava bean falafel and egg!

My husband and I even fork-fought for the last chunk of roasted squash. The coziness of the fireplaces inside and the comfort from the warm, fresh food strikes the perfect balance on a winter night after a day of adventure in Banff National Park.

Banff National Park - Park Distillery

Best of all, Park Distillery is an actual distillery. Vodka, gin, and rye are all handmade in Banff in small batches with grain from local high-altitude farms and glacier-fed water. If you’re interested in the process, Park Distillery offers free daily tours at 3:30 pm.

17. Soak in the Banff natural hot springs.

Banff National Park Hot Springs
Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson

Banff National Park was initially established to protect the natural hot springs that had been used by Indigenous people for years for ceremonies and healing.

Not coincidentally, the naturally heated mineral water is the perfect remedy day or night to soak tired muscles and restore your body’s defenses from the winter cold.

Bring a bathing suit. Towels can be your own or rented there. During the winter, the Banff hot springs hours are from 10 am-10 pm during the week and until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

18. Stay up late and wait for the Banff Northern Lights.

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Credit: Paul Zizka Photography / Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Seeing the Northern Lights anywhere is an experience on many a bucket list.

It’s truly a wondrous night sky event. When the Banff National Park Northern Lights come out for a show, it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off the sky.

Head away from sources of artificial light for your best chance to see the green glow. Lake Minnewanka is a dark spot, close to town, with wide open skies over the lake. You can check the odds of the Banff Aurora Borealis appearing on this Aurora Watch website.

19. Go dog sledding from Lake Louise or Banff National Park.

dog sledding in Finnish Lapland

Kingmik offers the only dogsledding tours in Banff National Park.

Unfortunately, this is the only activity I ran out of time for on my trip. However, I have gone dog sledding in Finland and can speak to the experience.

The rush of the sled as it glides over the snow and races through a snowy forest is unforgettable. You’ll forge a connection with the dogs and appreciate their enthusiasm and work while forming a bond with the natural beauty surrounding you.

There are several tour options to choose from, with dog sledding from Lake Louise or Banff National Park available.

20. Take a day trip to Yoho and/or Kootenay National Park.

Kootenay National Park Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park

Just over the Alberta line in British Columbia, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks sit waiting to be explored. They’re easy day trips from Banff and are generally quieter than Banff and Lake Louise.

Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park is just across the Continental Divide. While snowshoeing the trail, you can’t help but gush over the stunning mountain vistas and icy turquoise water from the mixing of the Vermillion River and Tokumm Creek.

Banff Winter - Emerald Lake Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park

In Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake and the surrounding snowy forests are out of a storybook and perfect for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or simply finding a snow-covered spot on a winter hiking trail.

Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies is no doubt a 4 season destination. But, in winter, the landscape transforms itself into a snowy paradise with endless activities and sights special only to the season.

Which winter activities would you like to do in Banff?

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. As always, all opinions are my own.
20 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in Winter
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Traveling to Banff soon?

Research and book your hotels on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. I absolutely loved my stay at The Juniper Hotel. I’ve also had great stays at the Banff Aspen Lodge and the Fox Hotel & Suites.


40 thoughts on “20 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Banff in Winter”

  1. Ioanna - A Woman Afoot

    My goodness… how can there be so much beauty packed into one place? Stunning from every side! I was in Canada once but only managed to see Quebec. I hope I can go to the other side one day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for this article, made me daydream about travel to Banff!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Ioanna. My thoughts exactly! Doesn’t seem fair that one place has so much natural beauty. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you can make it to Banff and the surrounding national parks some day. It’s incredible in winter and all 3 seasons, as well.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Jen. Two excellent choices in Banff, but you just can’t go wrong no matter which things you choose to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am dying to go to Banff just for the views alone! I also would love to do a skiing trip there. Those hot springs are also calling my name!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      The views are epic, Megan! Hope you can make it to Banff to see them for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My parents go to Banff so often and i haven’t had a chance to explore it yet! these photos are just breathtaking! Can’t wait to go and explore it and go skiing and those blues and snow ? so gorgeous!!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Krista. Definitely tag along or crash in their hotel room. Banff is incredible in winter and all year long.

  4. Banff was already really high on my list, but now it’s even farther up there! I thought I’d be waiting until the summer to go, but I didn’t realize that it was so accessible in winter. I’d love to ice skate surrounded by those stunning views! I didn’t know that the northern lights were common there, so I think that fact has me sold! Thanks!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Yes, Banff is gorgeous and accessible in every season! The ice skating was amazing, Tracie. You’re sure to love it!!

  5. Of all of those sweet activities to do in BANFF, I would definitely have to go with the ice skating on the lake as my favourite! It looks surreal! and the photos would be so cool. Winter forest walks are wonderful as well.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Yeah Kimberly, the natural rink skating surrounded by the Rocky Mountains was incredible. You won’t be able to rent skates fast enough!

  6. We visited Banff in summer, so most of the things you mention here we haven’t tried. One thing that attracted my attention in your post is the fact that you could watch the Northern Lights there. I didn’t realize that, so maybe we’ll attempt to go back in winter sometimes to see them. I’d love that.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Summer is a great time to visit, as well Anda. Banff and the Canadian Rockies are incredible year-round. Seeing the Northern Lights, though, is so bucket list. Hope you can make it back during winter.

  7. Whoa! I am really amazed at the possibilities of various activities in winters! Banff is absolutely new to me and knowing about the various possibilities there has kindled my interest. I am interested in wildlife spotting. Pity the bears are hibernating then.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      If you visit in summer, you’ll see plenty of bears! When I visited years ago in late August, the grizzly bears were busy eating as much as they could to prepare for winter and could be spotted easily looking for berries along the edge of the forest.

  8. So many great things to do and to eat on this list – I’ve always wanted to travel to Canada and especially would love to experience it in the winter and Banff is definitely a destination I would prefer. How cool would it be to ride the gondola with that view of the rockies ๐Ÿ˜€ There is just so much natural beauty there, I bet you never put your camera down ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Ha! I basically wore my camera around my neck the entire trip, Amit! I hope you can visit Banff someday. It’s gorgeous no matter which time of year you visit.

  9. Sherianne Higgins

    Would love to see Johnston Canyon frozen, ice skate on the Bow River and hunt for red chairs! Awesome winter wonderland ideas

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      The red chairs are genius, Sherianne! It always felt like Parks Canada was congratulating us when we found a remote set of chairs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Okay, I had NO IDEA that the northern lights could be that beautiful in Banff! Yowzers! And I’m a huge fan of soaking in natural hot springs. I’m not a winter weather person but this place is winning me over. I’ve always dreamed of going ice skating over a natural body of water so I guess next winter, I’m hitting up Banff!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      A visit to Banff and you’ll be a forever winter lover, Izzy! You’re sure to have a great time and the ice skating is amazing!

  11. I would love to try the tubing as I think I would break my neck trying to ski or snowboard. Being from Australia, this snow looks stunning. Although we have a few areas that get snow like Thredbo, it is nothing compared to this.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      The tubing is so fun! You know, Banff had a ton of Aussie ex-pats and seasonal workers. They all said they’re there for the snow so you’d be in great company, Meg! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I’ve been dreaming of a visit to Banff, but now I don’t know when to go … never thought about how beautiful it would be in the winter! Thanks for sharing this – now to try to talk my husband into a winter visit too (he hates the cold!). I just shared this article in some Flipboard magazines – hopefully you will get some new visitors. (Love your blog, by the way!)

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading and sharing, Stacy! I really appreciate it. Banff is an incredible place to visit any time of year and once you go, you’ll want to return again. The key with the cold is the right gear. If you get the right stuff, you just don’t feel the cold especially if you’re snowshoeing or doing some other cardio like hiking. I was also there in August, too, and the lakes with their turquoise water are just so beautiful. You’ll seriously want to make a return visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for sharing.

  13. Thanks for the tips! I just booked a trip to Banff in December! I got really cheap flights from San Fransisco to Calgary!!! Dec 11-25th. If anyone else is headed there over the holidays, hit me up on FB.Im the veterinarian:)

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Fantastic, Natalie! Hope you have a great trip to Banff and thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Thanks for all the great information! I just booked a week ski trip for March 2019 and am considering a day off to do something different. You provide some good ideas.

  15. Joanne Audretsch

    Heading there this week with my 20-yr old son for a week of winter wonderland! Thanks for the tips! We had a hotel right outside Banff but decided in the end to go with a condo in Canmore for ease, comfort, space & washer/dryer conveniences. So if anyone runs into this “Hoosier Mama” and her darling son, say hello! ๐Ÿ˜‰ WE are eager to try skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and maybe dogsledding or even a helo trip (I’m celebrating a big birthday!) We appreciate you sharing your insights with us.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Joanne! Banff and the Canadian Rockies are spectacular! Canmore is a great place to stay outside of town. Definitely get out on the snowshoes. It’s such a great way to get into the National Park and wilderness areas and see the beautiful snow-covered forest. Enjoy and Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. This is great! Me and 3 of my friends are going in November this year, i was just wondering how are the hikes and lakes there? icy? do some of them close down? and Can we still go canoeing around that time? sorry alot of questions haha thank you in advance!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Michael. When I was there in December, Moraine Lake had already closed. But everything else was open. Hiking trails become snowshoe trails so it all depends on the weather they get in before your trip. My bet would be not that much snow yet. In December, Peyto Lake on the Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, and Two Jack Lake were frozen but Lake Minnewanka in Banff only finally froze over at the end of our trip. (Believe it or not, there were still divers heading into the lake in December right before it froze!) Not sure when canoeing on Lake Louise ends…but it be too late in the season any ways. Have a great time!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Karandeep. Unfortunately, I don’t offer guide services. Hope you can put the ideas in this article to good use, though!

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