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Winter in Banff

If you love snow, you'll love everything Banff has to offer in winter: glistening peaks, world-class skiing and snowboarding, serene valley bottom experiences on snowshoes, skis or skates, and a cozy apres-ski culture to finish off an active day spent in the great outdoors. At Banff Park Lodge you have the best access to the ski and snowboard areas, being the "last on, first off" the ski shuttle that swings by our front doors!

If more rigorous sports aren't calling your name, winter offers a quieter time of year to enjoy Banff's arts and culture scene, to pamper yourself at a spa, or soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. For a unique outdoor experience that requires no effort on your part, ride aboard a horse-drawn sleigh or dogsled.

However you like to experience Banff in wintertime, you can finish your day with beverages and snacks in our Terrace Lounge.


More Winter Fun

  • Dog Sledding

    Enjoy the ultimate Rocky Mountain Canadian experience while being pulled by Huskies in your cozy sled. Feel the energy and excitement from the dogs as they haul with great enthusiasm and whisk you through breathtaking scenery and lush snow covered forest. Get up close and personal to the wonderful families of canines. It is an opportunity of a lifetime!

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  • Snowshoeing

    Take in the beauty of the mountains and rich forests around the town on snowshoes. A great way to exercise, breathe in the sweet mountain air and peacefully explore nature. Guided tours also available through White Mountain Adventures offering unique snoeshowing adventure at Sunshine Village Ski Resort.

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  • Tubing

    For the ultimate family fun, look no further than Mt Norquay’s tubing park. Jump on a tube in a large group of friends or family and take a fast, thrilling ride down the long, wide chute, as your heart beats in your throat! The tube park runs alongside the Mt Norquay Ski Area and offers a café so you can warm up after getting your adrenalin fix.

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  • Banff Gondola

    ​Take an 8 minute ride in a safe, glass enclosed gondola as you ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Savour 360 degree spectacular views of the majestic rocky peaks that surround Banff as your eyes focus to Lake Minnewanka in the distance.

    Enjoy lunch at the Summit Restaurant or dine at the Panorama Restaurant. If you are feeling adventurous you can hike up the Vista Trail Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak or to the true summit of Sulphur Mountain on the South East Ridge Trail.

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  • Skating

    ​Banff offers both indoor and outdoor skating with skate rentals available at Bactrax and Snowtips. Choose from the Waldhaus Rink operated by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – accessible by the Bow Falls parking lot. From December to February there is the Snow Days skating rink right in downtown Banff. The Bow River is also accessible for skating if you are looking for peace and quiet. Skating on Lake Louise has been rated as one o the most spectacular skating rinks in the world./p> More Information

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