Banff National Park is a stunning place to visit at any time of the year. But the snow-covered slopes and crisp air of February make it a place like no other. So bundle up and experience winter the way it was meant to be enjoyed with these activities to do in Banff and Lake Louise this February.
Take It All In
When the snowfall blankets the Canadian Rockies, it creates an almost hypnotic landscape. Even if you’ve never strapped on a pair of skis, you can still get a bird’s eye view of the winter landscape from the sightseeing chairlift at Mt. Norquay. Check out the breathtaking valleys and the town of Banff from 7,000 ft.
And when the sun goes down, the show shifts to the sky. With its clear air and lack of light pollution, Banff and Lake Louise offer unparalleled stargazing. Head up the Banff Gondola, which offers telescopes, exhibits and even a professional photographer to help you get the best night-time shots.
Embrace the Snow
In the Canadian Rockies, winter is a time to be outside; the park offers an endless number of invigorating adventures for anyone willing to bundle up and explore. Skiing and snowboarding at the three world-class ski resort draw people from all over the world and February is the prime time for powder.
For something a little more relaxing, travel by horse-drawn sleigh through the snow mountain meadows. As part of a group or a more intimate two-person sled, it is a great chance to spot elk and other wildlife that are out in February.
See Another Side of Banff
The popular hiking trails and vistas of Banff and Lake Louise present a different kind of beauty during the winter months. And there’s a good chance you’ll have the spots to yourselves compared to the summer season. Take the Johnston Canyon Ice Walk to see how the canyon’s waterfalls become stunning natural ice sculptures when the temperature drops. White Mountain Adventures, Discover Banff Tours and Banff Adventures all offer a combination of day and night tours.
A guided snowshoe tour takes advantage of the snowfall to unlock new paths and new adventures around Banff National Park. Knowledgeable guides will teach you about the winter wildlife that lives under the snow while you keep an eye out for hares, lynx and other creatures. We’ve curated a list of the three best guided snowshoe providers: White Mountain Adventures, Discover Banff Tours and Banff Adventures .
Nothing caps off a day of winter fun better than a warm, relaxing retreat. The Banff Upper Hot Springs offer a great way to shake off the chill without heading inside with its steaming, open-air springs.
Banff and Lake Louise have no shortage of places offering unforgettable meals and a warm atmosphere. Curl up in front of the roaring fireplace at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge before heading next door to the Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room for delicious creations made with local ingredients. Then move on to a bracing flight of spirits at Park Distillery before taking a free tour of the distillery itself.
Attend an Unforgettable Event
The Alpenglow Festival is the perfect place to take in one of nature’s most spectacular light shows — travel up the Banff Gondola for this natural phenomenon where vibrant colours painted across the mountains during sunset. And the Family Winter Arts Festival at the Banff Centre packs comedy, art classes, magic and films into one fun-filled weekend.