Activities & Tours

With such an active tourist trade, there are plenty of things to do in and around Banff, including the Banff shopping which in itself could keep you entertained for hours.

Banff Skiing and Snowboarding Activities

If skiing or snowboarding at the Banff ski resorts hasn’t been enough exercise for you, you can go cross-country skiing to further appreciate the scenic wilderness around Banff.

Or to raise the adrenaline levels more, you can go heli skiing or heli boarding with RK Heliski. All that fresh powder is just too much of a lure! RK Heliski is based at the Panorama Ski Resort and they provide shuttles from Banff to their base area.

Adventure Activities Banff

There are snowmobiling tours that also offer the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape and the wildlife (although you might also see that walking down the main street of Banff).

Ice Skating

At the Recreation Centre and the Banff Springs Hotel there are ice-skating rinks, but if you’re going to Lake Louise it’s worth saving yourself for a skate on the lake outside the chateau.

Other Leisure & Family Activities

Leisure and family oriented activities include dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleighs or visiting museums such as the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Snowshoeing tours are another option or there are icewalks to see the stunning winter landscapes of frozen waterfalls and rivers.

The Banff sightseeing gondola up Sulphur Mountain is an iconic Banff activity and provides tourists with sensational views of the town of Banff and the surrounding mountains. However for skiers and snowboarders, a gondola ride probably doesn’t seem that special, and the views from the gondola at Lake Louise are probably far superior!

Banff Hot Springs

For complete rest and relaxation, it seems essential to have a relaxing soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs after a strenuous day of skiing. The spa and bathhouse is historic and against the backdrop of spectacular scenery, it’s absolutely beautiful.

Banff Day Spa

The Red Earth Spa offers a large range of spa and beauty treatments, and a hot pool and steam room.

Nearby Activities

There are also various Lake Louise activities and things to do in Calgary such as shopping. Otherwise you can visit the Olympic sites such as the ski jump, bobsled track and the Olympic museum. And if you get the chance, it’s worth seeing an ice-hockey match to lap up some Canadian culture.

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