Snow Activities - Banff
Sledding & Tobogganing
Banff National Park and the Banff townsite have plenty of terrain that is ideal for tobogganing.
There are a few hills that have more of an official feel.
The toboggan run behind the Banff Springs Hotel and next to Bow Falls in Banff offers prime tobogganing terrain. With beautiful views as well!
What a perfect afternoon of care-free winter fun with the kids or without! A bonfire pit is often blazing at the ice rink at the other end of the hill, so sledders don't have to go far to warm up.
Banff's Cascade Ponds (on Minnewanka Lake Road) is another nice spot with smaller and slower hills that are perfect for toddlers.
Toboggans and sleds can be rented at the Banff Springs Hotel, and at Ski Tips in on Bear Street in downtown Banff. You can also purchase your own at Banff's Home Hardware on Bear Street.
Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides
A sleigh Ride along the Bow River in Banff should be on your list of snow activities not to be missed while in the Canadian Rockies.
The gentle sound of sleigh bells can be heard echoing through the valleys of both Banff and Lake Louise during the winter months.
Your Banff snow activities should include this great experience...the setting is actually quite outstanding. It could be very romantic as well!!! Mom & Dad...
Banff sleigh rides travel along the frozen Bow River and feature views of the surrounding mountains and snow filled forests.
Sleigh rides start at Warner Stables on Sundance Road in the Town of Banff:
scheduled daily, every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
running 7 days a week, weather and snow conditions permitting
approximately 45 minutes in length
advance reservations are require
You also have the option of booking a romantic sleigh ride for two, including such special touches as Bernard Callebaut chocolates, liqueurs, and an authentic buffalo robe blanket for warmth.
In Lake Louise, the Brewster Lake Louise Stables sleigh ride travels along the lakeside trail to the end of the lake, with glorious views of the Chateau Lake Louise and spectacular mountain scenery along the way.
The season starts mid-December and goes to early April, weather (and snow cover) permitting. Daytime and evening rides are scheduled and advance reservations are recommended during busy seasons.
Make Snowshoeing Part of Your Snow Activities in Banff
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Do something you've never done before...get some clean fresh in those lungs and get active....baby steps if you must!!!!
Like hiking, snowshoeing allows for a relaxed pace for exploring the quiet beauty of winter in the mountains, and you never know what kind of wildlife you may see.
Snowshoeing is one of Banff's most traditional, authentic wilderness experiences.
Snow-shoe season generally starts in December and lasts through late March. Snowshoeing offers winter access to most of the hiking trails in the Banff area: see our Hiking section for some recommendations.
There are a number of tour operators who offer guided snowshoe trips in the winter, including:
These tour companies provide snowshoes for their tours. But if you want to venture out on your own, you will find snowshoes available for rent or purchase at Mountain Magic Equipment, located on Bear Street in Banff, and at Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise.
As with all mountain activities, it is important to be prepared before you set out to snowshoe. Details about what you need to know including information about gear, trail etiquette, wildlife, and avalanche safety.
For a winter travel experience out of the ordinary, try a dog sledding adventure.
Dog sledding is one of the most unique winter activities found in Banff National Park.
It's a fun way to enjoy winter landscapes, and a pretty good physical workout, as well. You might even discover a new talent.
Dog sled tours are available from November through April, depending on snow conditions.
Some tours are designed to allow you to just ride and enjoy; others teach you the basics of mushing, with opportunities to handle a dog-team yourself.
Dogsled tours of varying duration are available to suit your preference and level of interest.
1 to 2 hour daytime trips
short evening rides
Dog sledding adventures are also available in combination with other activities, including snow shoeing, ice canyon walking, ice fishing, igloo building, or sightseeing by helicopter.
Dog sled tour operators include:
Snowmobile tours in the wilderness areas near Banff allow you to explore rugged mountain terrain and to experience stunning views of the Canadian Rockies.
There are several choices of guided snowmobile tours available from Banff. While snowmobiling is not permitted within Banff National Park itself, our local tour operators provide direct transportation from Banff to their recreation plots.
Snowmobile tour providers who operate out of Banff include:
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