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7 Days of Winter in the Canadian Rockies

Duration
7 Days
Num of Experiences
13 Experiences

Take the time to experience everything winter in Banff and Lake Louise on this 7 day adventure. Marvel at the snow covered peaks as you embark on a guided snowshoe adventure, skate on the world's most beautiful outdoor rink at Lake Louise, soar above the frozen landscape with an unforgettable heli experience and so much more.

Who's it For?

  • Winter Loving Couples
  • Adventurous Families
  • Friend Groups

When to Go

  • December - April

Trip Itinerary

Getting to Banff and Lake Louise

With plenty of transportation options to get you to and from the Banff and Lake Louise area, you can rest easy knowing you'll be able to plan a seamless journey from start to finish.

Learn about getting here.

Day 01

Start your mountain winter vacation in the beautiful Lake Louise area. Today you'll skate on Lake Louise and then you'll take in more of the views with a walk along the lakeshore trail.

A couple skating on Lake Louise in the winter in Banff National ParkA couple skating on Lake Louise in the winter in Banff National Park

Ice Skating on Lake Louise


Duration
< 1hr
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Dec - Mar
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A family hiking along the shoreline of Lake Louise in the summerA family hiking along the shoreline of Lake Louise in the summer

Walk the Lake Louise Lakeshore


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Day 02

Bundle up for a day full of outdoor adventure as you explore deep powder filled valleys on a snowshoeing tour.

Group of people on a guided snowshoeing tour in the Lake Louise areaGroup of people on a guided snowshoeing tour in the Lake Louise area

Guided Snowshoeing Tour


Duration
3-6 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Dec - Apr
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Day 03

For your last day in Lake Louise, it's time to hit the slopes. Skiing or snowboarding not your thing? Try tubing for endless laughs and lots of fun.

Ski & Snowboard at The Lake Louise Ski ResortSki & Snowboard at The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Ski & Snowboard at The Lake Louise Ski Resort


Duration
3-6 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Nov - May
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A kind whizzing down a snow slope in a tube at the Lake Louise Ski ResortA kind whizzing down a snow slope in a tube at the Lake Louise Ski Resort

Tubing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Dec - Apr
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Day 04

Today you'll take to the skies to take in the views of the snow covered landscapes from above. Then you'll spend the afternoon exploring the town of Banff.

A helicopter flying over the mountains and a lake in the fallA helicopter flying over the mountains and a lake in the fall

Kananaskis Heli Tour


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Shopping Banff AvenueShopping Banff Avenue

Shopping Banff Avenue


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Two people walking down Bear Street with coffees in handTwo people walking down Bear Street with coffees in hand

Shopping Bear Street


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Year round
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Day 05

Get ready to immerse yourself in the frozen landscapes of the Banff area on an exciting guided fat bike tour.

Guided Fat Biking TourGuided Fat Biking Tour

Guided Fat Biking Tour


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Moderate
Operating Dates
Nov - Apr
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Day 06

With your time in Banff coming to an end, you'll make the most of your day with a sleigh ride in the morning and a guided ice walk in the afternoon.

Sleigh Ride in BanffSleigh Ride in Banff

Sleigh Ride in Banff


Duration
1-3 hrs
Operating Dates
Dec - Mar
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Group of people on a guided icewalk tour in Johnston CanyonGroup of people on a guided icewalk tour in Johnston Canyon

Guided Ice Walk Tour


Duration
3-6 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Nov - Apr
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Day 07

For your last full day of the best winter vacation ever choose between adventure, relaxation or both! If you feel like a challenge take to a frozen waterfall on a guided ice climbing tour. If that's not quite your thing, spend your time relaxing in the hot springs instead.

Person ice climbing on the frozen falls of Johnston CanyonPerson ice climbing on the frozen falls of Johnston Canyon

Guided Ice Climbing Tour


Duration
3-6 hrs
Difficulty
Moderate
Operating Dates
Nov - Apr
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Two people soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs on a winters dayTwo people soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs on a winters day

Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs


Duration
1-3 hrs
Difficulty
Easy
Operating Dates
Year Round
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Where to Stay

Here's some accommodation options that work for this trip:

Mountaineer Lodge

Hotels & Inns
Location
Lake Louise Area
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Hotels & Inns
Location
Lake Louise Area
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Lake Louise Inn

Hotels & Inns
Location
Lake Louise Area
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Brewster's Mountain Lodge

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town
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Rimrock Resort Hotel

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town
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Bow View Lodge

Hotels & Inns
Location
Banff Town
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See more options

Reservations & Booking

Some of the activities require reservations or bookings upfront. Here is an overview of all providers:

Ice Skating on Lake Louise

  • Wilson Mountain Sports
  • Chateau Ski & Snow
  • Snowtips-Bactrax Ski & Bike Rental
  • Banff Adventures

Guided Snowshoeing Tour

Ski & Snowboard at The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Tubing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort

Kananaskis Heli Tour

Guided Fat Biking Tour

Sleigh Ride in Banff

Guided Ice Walk Tour

Guided Ice Climbing Tour

Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs

Good to Know

Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips:

  • Get a Park Pass

  • Make a reservation for gear/ activities

  • Learn about the best ways to get around

  • Check the weather forecast