Winter Experiences

Winter Drives in Banff National Park


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 [...]

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Winter Walking Trails in Banff


There are many relatively flat pathways and trails that are suitable for winter walking in Banff. The Cascade Ponds is an easily accessible area located on Lake Minnewanka Drive just across the highway from the Banff town site. Other options include the Fenland Loop Trail, the Bow River Trail, the Marsh Loop and Sundance Trail. [...]

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Snowmobiling is not permitted within the national parks, but there are opportunities in nearby Golden just 1 hours west of Lake Louise. We recommend Golden Snowmobile Rentals and Tours. Their website is: WestBench Trail Tour The WestBench Trail Tour is a scenic ride following the upper bench of the famous Columbia Valley. With [...]


Ice Fishing


Ice fishing isn’t permitted on lakes within Banff National Park, but there are lakes close by where you can fish for lake trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish. Several Banff based companies offer ice fishing from December through May (depending on ice conditions). The packages usually include a heated huts, hot beverages, meals or snacks, [...]

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Icewalk in Johnston Canyon


Johnston Canyon traverses a series of steel catwalks that give spectacular views of the Johnston Canyon below. This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed. The scenery changes dramatically in [...]

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Ever flown down a snow-covered hill with the wind rushing through your hair and looked down to see an inflated tube? If not, you should try it. Whether you’ve never touched skis or a snowboard, or just want to try something different, snow tubing is a great way down the hill. Our snow tube [...]




There’s lots of incredible snowshoeing terrain around Banff and Lake Louise with rental options for going on your own or options for guided tours. Ski Louise offers a range of guided trips: Parks Canada offers the following trail information in Lake Louise: Nearby Yoho National Park maintains the following winter trails: [...]


Ice Skating on Lake Louise


If you’d like a little more scenery head to Lake Louise and rent a pair of skates to glide along, one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor rinks.

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Ice Magic Festival


Ice Magic Festival Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition. In 34 hours, internationally renowned teams of two [...]

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Sleigh Rides


Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Brewster Adventures brings a Christmas card image to life at Lake Louise with a sleigh ride that follows the lake-side trail beneath Victoria Glacier. Enjoy views of the Ice Falls at the end of the lake by day, or the glow of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on evening rides. There [...]

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Snowboard in Banff & Lake Louise


One of my goals whilst in Canada was to learn to snowboard. In New Zealand, we can do this, however, I never did since focused on other sports. When getting here people found it hard to believe that I would come to Canada wanting to snowboard with never having done it. But what better place [...]

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