The sun rises over the great Canadian Rockies and glistens on freshly fallen snow. The crisp winter air sets stillness on this beautiful morning. While the natural beauty of the Banff and Lake Louise area are enticing on their own, the abundance of winter sights and actives in this setting are all the more reason to book a trip to Alberta’s winter playground.
The annual 12 feet of snowfall each year in Banff makes this area perfect for outdoor winter activities, but it also offers some of the best ways to relax and warm up. Here are 10 indoor and outdoor activities that are certain to make your time in the Banff and Lake Louise area something to cherish.
1. Skiing and Snowboarding
Banff’s legendary slopes have long been a favorite of skiers and snowboarders alike. Places like the palatial Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offer pristine skis runs and even lessons for novice skiers and snowboarders.
2. Ice fishing on the Lakes in Banff National Park
After racing down the mountains slopes, take a trip into Banff National Park and enjoy a historical Canadian pastime: ice fishing.
3. Banff Hot Springs
Take a bone-warming and muscle-calming dip into the famous Banff Hot Springs to rejuvenate your body in the crisp winter air
4. Dog Sledding
The Banff and Lake Louise area offer a unique mix of thrill seeking and nature appreciation. During your visit, you can book a dog sledding lesson and tour. Allow your new canine companions to show you the wonders of the place they call home.
5. Ice Skating on Lake Louise
During the winter season, Lake Louise is the perfect spot to ice skate with one of the most breathtaking backdrops: the Victoria Glacier.
6. Museums and Culture
Visit the Walter Phillips Gallery for exhibits steeped in modern culture or the Whyte Museum to learn more about the art and history of the Canadian Rockies.
7. Shopping in Downtown Banff
Visit the shops and stores in this lovely Rocky Mountain. There is no sales tax in Alberta, which makes a shopping spree in downtown Banff feel like everything is on sale.
8. Banff Gondola
Step into the hanging carriages of the Banff Gondola for a quick trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Banff and the Bow Valley.
9. Dining at the Best Restaurants
The Banff and Lake Louise area is known for its vibrant food and craft beer scenes. They also have a wonderful tradition of Aprés following a day on the ski slopes.
10. Sleigh Rides Through Downtown Banff
Enjoy a leisurely sleigh ride through the quaint town of Banff at any time of day.