The sun can't shine every day in Banff National Park, but don't let that slow you down!
Here’s our complete guide to the best indoor activities in Banff and Lake Louise.
1. Check out a museum
You’ve soaked in the panoramic mountain views, now learn about the iconic people who shaped the Bow Valley at The Whyte Museum Of The Canadian Rockies. Explore the origins of Banff National Park and the Canadian national park system at The Cave and Basin or Banff Park Museum. Discover the rich history of First Nations at The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum.
2. Hit the Bowling alley
Slip on your bowling shoes and check out the bowling alleys of Banff! The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel has bowling lanes available on-site as well as a new high-definition golf simulator. If you’re looking for the classic combo of pizza and bowling, you’ll need to check out High Rollers. With over 50 beers on tap, everyone will have a great time on the lane.
3. Make an escape
Looking for a challenge? Banff is home to the Bow Valley's only Escape Room at Eureka Banff Escape Room Adventures. Eureka is a fully immersive interactive puzzle room where you will need to work with your team to complete the set objective in under one hour to win. The two rooms are themed and designed completely differently, with their own objective.
4. Take in an art gallery
Banff and Lake Louise have several galleries with impressive art collections and exhibits that will not disappoint. Carter-Ryan Gallery, Canada House Gallery, and Willock and Sax Gallery are just some of the spots to see beautiful paintings, sculptures, and a myriad of other original works. For a full list of galleries, check out our gallery listings.
5. Go caving
While not your traditional “indoor activity”, don’t miss your chance to head underground and explore the subterranean world beneath Grotto Mountain. Join a guided adventure with Canmore Cave Tours filled with underground chambers and tunnels - no experience required!
6. Explore the taste of Banff on a plate
Exploring shouldn’t end at the trail! Explore some of the incredibly diverse culinary scene in Banff and Lake Louise. For some tips and tricks, check out our list of 9 Ways To Eat Healthy In Banff National Park or The Best Ways To Enjoy A Coffee or Tea in Banff National Park.
7. Go to a movie
The Lux Cinema in Banff has four theatres and shows the latest Hollywood features, including 3D showings. For more information on showtimes visit their listings page or swing by the ticket window on Bear Street.
Check out one of our Visitor Centres for more tips
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism has knowledgeable staff on hand to offer even more suggestions for you. Visitor Centre locations are at 224 Banff Avenue, the Banff Railway Station in Banff, and at the Samson Mall in Lake Louise. For hours of operation and contact info, please visit our Visitor Centre page or send them a Tweet @Banff_Info.