Winter Sports

//Winter Drives in Banff National Park
Winter Drives in Banff National Park2019-05-06T21:14:40+00:00

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Bow Valley Parkway

Also known as Highway 1A, this is an alternate route that runs between Banff and Lake Louise. Unlike the main Trans Canada Hwy it is not fenced which means there is an opportunity to see wildlife along the roadside. Obey the lower speed limit of 60 km/hr.

Vermilion Lakes Road

This road follows along a wetland area of lakes and offers one of the most scenic views of Mount Rundle in the background. Sunrise and sunset are particularly nice times to visit. In the winter, you might spot elk or coyotes. The road starts near the exit off the Trans Canada Highway.

Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive

This scenic drive is usually done as a loop but a portion of it is closed from mid-November to mid-April. You can still drive part of it by heading right (east) after passing the Cascade Ponds. Head to Lake Minnewanka and then return the same way. Keep a look out for Bighorn sheep and elk.

Tunnel Mountain Drive

This drive starts right at the edge of the town of Banff. It offers views of the spray valley and the Bow Falls and an iconic view of the Banff Springs Hotel from Surprise Corner.

Icefields Parkway

Known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, the Icefields Parkway boasts exquisite and otherworldly scenery as you travel along the 230-km stretch between Jasper and Lake Louise. Witness incredible snow peaked mountains, ancient glaciers, ice covered lakes and winter wildlife. Before you venture out on the Parkway this winter, please be prepared and check the road conditions reports. Drive with caution and enjoy the breathtaking beauty that awaits you on your journey through ice and time.