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 resorts 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 and Lake Louise
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 best guided snowshoe providers: White Mountain Adventures, Discover Banff Tours, Great Divide Nature Interpretation, and Banff Adventures.
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.
Romance in the Mountains
We could all use a bit of love this February, and what perfect timing with Valentine’s day. We do think you should celebrate love every day, and the scenery in Banff and Lake Louise makes this easy. The cozy, relaxed, and blissful atmosphere means romantic mode is always switched on.
If you’re in need of an intimate experience, a cozy cabin is the answer. The cabins in Banff and Lake Louise will have snuggling by the fire as soon as you walk in the door. If you’re after more of a grand affair, living like royals at the castle at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or the Rimrock Hotel are great options. But as we say, everywhere is romantic in Banff and Lake Louise, so anywhere is a great choice.
If you’re thinking of taking the next step, the magical surroundings of Banff National Park have got you covered! Declare your love while standing on the shores of a frozen lake with the snow-capped mountains in the background or go the extra mile with a romantic sky-high helicopter ride.
WINTERLUDE 2021: INSPIRATION, ENTERTAINMENT, AND WARMTH
Winterlude has been brightening the winters for Canada’s Capital Region since 1979. The 43rd Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition is completely virtual in 2021, allowing fans from across Canada and the world to experience seven sculptors across Canada turn giant blocks of ice into pieces of art. This year, Calgarian Scott Harrison worked his magic on the hills of Lake Louise Ski Resort to create ‘Rock Mountain Glades’.
Reward your soul and check out the arts
With a place as mesmerizing as Banff National Park, it's no wonder that the art that comes out of Banff and Lake Louise is inspirational and beautiful. While you're in Banff and Lake Louise take some time to reward your eyes and soul and wander through the galleries.
Sideshow Gallery and Shop will host a solo show featuring experimental black and white technique photographs by artist Imogene Broberg-Hull. "Or Was That a Dream" will run until March 7, 2021.