Amazing Things to do in Banff in Winter


There are plenty of winter hikes in Banff and the surrounding area for all fitness levels. Though you need little more than proper winter boots and warm winter gear, don’t discount Banff winter hiking as a worthwhile outing.

Termed “wild ice” by locals, skating on a frozen lake in Banff National Park is not only one of the best things to do in Banff in the winter, it’s one of the best FREE things to do in Banff in winter!

Skating on a Frozen Lake

Fat Biking in Banff National Park

With plenty of fat biking trails in Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis to explore, the only hard part will be getting a day with the perfect winter weather.

Visit Lake Louise

While you won’t get to see the famous Moraine Lake in the winter, you won’t have to miss out on seeing the equally popular Lake Louise in winter. Parking is open all winter long and the lake has a wonderful lakeshore walk, that anyone can do. 

This is a quintessential thing to do at Lake Louise in the winter that will make everyone in the family happy. Kids especially will love this Lake Louise winter activity. 

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Nordic Skiing in Banff National Park

Nordic skiing, or cross country skiing, is the perfect way to get in some physical activity while immersing yourself in the winter wonderland that is Banff National Park. 

There are several opportunities in Banff and the surrounding area to see a frozen waterfall, some more closeup than others. 

See a Frozen Waterfall in Banff

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