The sun can't shine every day in Banff National Park, so don't let a little rain get in your way! Here are just some of the options available for you if the rain is coming down in our Canadian Rockies.
Visit A Museum
The Luxton Buffalo Nations Museum, Whyte Museum Of The Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park Museum and newly renovated Cave & Basin Historical Site are just some of the great stops to learn about the history and culture of the area.
Take In A Performance at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
The heart of Banff's arts culture resides at the world renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Regularly hosting some of the world's best musicians, artists, performers, poets, adventurers and thinkers, The Banff Centre has 7 intimate venues and also some amazing dining options at Three Ravens and Maclab Bistro.
Lake Cruise On Lake Minnewanka
Head out to the infamous 'Devil's Gap' on Lake Minnewanka in one of the Explore Rockies tour boats. The ride out includes some great interpretive facts from the engaging guides, and you never know what animals you might see on the shore.
Take A Drive On The Bow Valley Parkway
The drive on the Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A) in between Banff and Lake Louise is a spectacular stretch of road filled with great views, interpretive stops, beautiful cabins, numerous trailheads (like Johnston Canyon and Castle Mountain Lookout) and some tasty lunch options at places like Baker Creek or Storm Mountain Lodge (Just off the BVP). This route is also teeming with wildlife-but please remember to follow the posted speed limits and be respectful when watching wildlife from the car.
Soak In the Banff Upper Hot Springs
Rain won't matter when you are soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, located up Mountain Ave and near the Rimrock Resort Hotel and Banff Gondola. Reputed to have healing powers, the waters are heated from thermals under Sulphur Mountain. Read more in our Complete Guide to Spas and Hotsprings.
Go To A Movie
The Lux Cinema in Banff has 4 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.
Hit The Bowling Alley
Located on Banff Avenue, High Rollers is Banff-family fun on six 10 pin bowling lanes, along with a great menu and 50 beers on tap. The Fairmont Banff Springs has bowling lanes available, as well as a new HD golf simulator where you can play the Banff Springs course, or 20 others, inside and out of the rain. It is also fun to explore the hotel's history of being named the 'Castle In The Rockies' by walking through its impressive hallways and public rooms.
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 1 hour to win.
The two rooms are themed and designed completely different, with no room having the same objective. You will need to figure out the puzzles in order to complete your task!
Visit An Art Gallery
Banff and Lake Louise have several galleries with impressive art collections and exhibits that are always being updated. The Canada House Gallery, 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, please check out our gallery listing.
Go Whitewater Rafting
You are going to get wet anyways! There are several great rafting companies that will take you on exhilerating guided trips down the whitewater of the nearby Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. There are also more relaxing float trips down the Bow River in Banff. More info on rafting here.
Join in a guided caving adventure, deep under Grotto Mountain in Canmore, with Canmore Cave Tours. The 'Rat's Nest Cave' is filled with underground chambers and tunnels, with no hand rails or overhead lighting. No experience necessary.
Visit 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 vist our Visitor Centre page.