Things to do
Travellers to Banff National Park quickly find out that the incredible scenery inspires not only amazing sightseeing, but also sight-doing! For over 125 years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers and history buffs alike, and each year attracts visitors from all over the world.
Winter in Banff National Park is peaceful, but exhilarating. Cool air freezes rivers to a standstill as deep, powdery snow covers the land, smoothing sharp ridges under a thick white blanket. Mother Nature’s gift of snow makes this the ideal destination for winter sports and activities of all kinds, including downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, sleigh rides and more. You can also take advantage of this special time of year to enjoy other cold-dependent activities, such outdoor ice skating and ice fishing. Discover on your own or enhance your experience with the help of a knowledgeable guide. At the end of it all, you can relax and unwind at one of Banff’s premier spas or the hot springs.
If culture is calling your name, you’ll enjoy the variety of museums, galleries and historic sites located in Banff National Park. From world-class art exhibits to new works presented at one of Canada’s leading arts institutions, heritage home tours, National Historic Sites and more, Banff has a rich collection of opportunities to immerse yourself fully into its history and heritage – both past and present. Food aficionados will fall in love with the region’s unique array of restaurants and eateries, while shoppers will find the perfect gift or souvenir to take home from the variety of boutiques and shops located in both Banff and Lake Louise.
Fusing it all together – the landscape, outdoor activities, culture and cuisine – are a variety of outstanding festivals and events that occur throughout the season. Ring your cowbell at a World Cup ski event, watch the magic unfold in the sculptures of an ice carver or take a stab of ice climbing right downtown Banff. These are just some of the exciting opportunities the festivals in Banff bring to you in winter.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Banff National Park! All you need to do is get here.