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Sleigh Rides

Take a Sleigh Ride in the Canadian Rockies

Hugging the edge of a frozen lake, the trail traces a path beneath vast glaciers and craggy peaks. The seemingly tireless horses maintain a steady rhythm and the sleigh glides on, swiftly and silently while you sit cozy under a warm blanket. The sound of jingling sleigh bells and the sights of the magical snowy landscape make you feel like you are a character in your very own fairytale. 

Sleigh rides are a classically romantic way to enjoy the winter wonderland of Banff & Lake Louise. Join a public tour or indulge in a private ride - it’s sure to be a memorable experience. Sleigh rides are available both in the town of Banff and in Lake Louise.

Guided sleigh rides in the meadows of Banff begin with a visit to the stables to meet the horses and staff. Then cuddle up beneath blankets in the sleigh as you journey through a snow-covered valley under the power of the beautiful horses. Along the way your guide will point out any wildlife and tell some stories about the history of the area. 

Bells jangle in the distance, where a team of Percheron draft horses draws a sleigh across fresh snow. A full moon illuminates a glacier above the frozen lake, surrounded by a dense forest of larch and fir – Crai Bower, Into the Snow Globe, Virtuoso Life

Sleigh rides in Lake Louise take you along the lake beneath Victoria Glacier and to the Ice Falls by day or the expansive starry skies and a glowing Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise by night.

For a more intimate trip, set out in a small, two-seat cutter sleigh – your very own one-horse open sleigh. Reserve a romantic and unforgettable sleigh ride complete with a fireside stop, Champagne, chocolates and a buffalo robe for added warmth. 

Tips

Tours are available throughout the day. Reservations are required in advance.

Check the weather before you go and dress warmly in layers. Hats, scarves and gloves are recommended.