The Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival is part of Banff’s SnowDays celebration and is always a big draw for visitors to Lake Louise in winter. The Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise is host to a world-class ice-carving competition.
When you are planning your Banff winter itinerary make sure to leave some time for a visit to Lake Louise. There are so many wonderful Lake Louise winter activities that your biggest challenge will be deciding how to fit them all in.
Since we started snowshoeing in the Rockies over a decade ago, the Penstock Loop snowshoe trail remains one of our favorite easy Kananaskis snowshoe trails. The Penstock snowshoe trail is an easy trail through the forest near the Kananaskis Lakes which provides a wide variety of Rocky Mountain scenery.
For over a decade, the Sawmill Loop has been one of our favorite easy Kananaskis snowshoe trails. It’s such an enjoyable snowshoe trail in Kananaskis that we make time for it almost every winter.
If you are looking for a really fun winter hike near Canmore, check out the McGillivray Canyon Trail. This unique Kananaskis winter hike follows the path of a McGillivray Creek riverbed into a narrow slot canyon between Pigeon Peak and Mount McGillivray.
Renowned for its incredible amount of natural snowfall, Sunshine Village is one of the best ski resorts in Banff National Park. Sunshine Village is a huge Banff ski resort, with 9 chairlifts and ski runs spread over 3 mountain faces.
The Lower Kananaskis Lake snowshoe is a perfect combination of an easy snowshoe trail and outstanding scenery. You’ll enjoy a leisurely walk through a snow covered forest with non-stop lake and mountain views.
The Upper Stoney Loop snowshoe in Banff is a short, uphill climb through a lodgepole pine and spruce tree forest. The snowshoe up to the Upper Stoney Lookout will get your heart pumping for the first half, allowing for a break at the top before an almost entirely downhill second half.
The Frozen Toad snowshoe trail is an enjoyable, easy Kananaskis snowshoe trail between the Elkwood and Boulton Creek Campgrounds. The 8.1 km Frozen Toad loop, another of the new official snowshoe trails in Kananaskis, is remarkably flat and packs a lot of Kananaskis mountain scenery into a single outing.
Thinking of Banff in winter conjures up images of a winter wonderland, where the mountaintops and trees are covered in snow.