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In winter, Canada’s snow-blanketed Rocky Mountains are the perfect playground. Travelers to Banff National Park are spoiled for choice when it comes to winter adventures, with everything from horse-drawn sleigh rides to wildlife-watching hikes to world-class skiing on offer. See below for inspiration on Banff’s best winter activities. 

Sleigh Rides
The snowy surfaces of Alberta are perfectly suited to sleigh rides. Passengers in horse-drawn sleighs are given blankets to keep cozy as they streak across snowy meadows, admiring the views of the majestic mountains and valleys of Canada’s first national park.  
 
Wildlife Watching
With many of Banff’s resident animals descending from their high-ground summer retreats in winter, the cold season provides unexpected wildlife-watching opportunities. Of course grizzly bears will be in hibernation, but other species, such as mule deer and bighorn sheep, are active year-round. For the best chances of spotting wild animals, go with a guide who can also explain how these hardy creatures survive the harsh winter conditions of the Canadian Rockies.

Winter Hiking
Winter hiking in Banff National Park is the ultimate escape, and with so few tourists braving the elements, you’re more likely to have the trails all to yourself. Trek through the Johnston Canyon to see frozen waterfalls. Go as part of a guided tour and you’ll be given ice cleats and hiking poles to help you along.

Skiing and Snowboarding
It’s just a 10-minute drive from Banff to the powdery slopes of the Mt. Norquay ski resort, where around 60 runs cater to all levels, from new to experienced skiers. The resort, which is typically open from December through mid-April, also has snow tubing runs. Sunshine Village, a resort with more than 3,300 acres (1,335 hectares) of skiable terrain, and Lake Louise Ski Resort are also good options, being just 15 minutes and 40 minutes, respectively, from Banff town. For cross-country skiing, try the Fairview Trail or Pipestone Trails near Lake Louise.
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.31
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$96.31
Choose from among four of Banff National Park’s most iconic trails on this 7-hour guided hiking tour with packed lunch. Pick the perfect walk for your level of ability and experience, varying from 4.5 miles (7km) to 6.6 miles (10.6km) in length, with spectacular mountain scenery no matter which option you select. The trip’s four options include explorations of Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, Consolation Lakes or the Plain of Six Glaciers.
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* A traveler said: "There were only 2 of us on our hike so it turned out to be a private tour. Our guide suggested a hike up Stanley Glacier in Kootney Park just inside the BC border. It was a good hike for those that can manage and took about 2 hrs to reach the end of the path. We had a fantastic lunch on the mountainside (provided by our guide) and learned quite a bit about the local geology as well as the flora and fauna. We enjoyed ourselves and were absolutely beat after but in a good way! Highly recommended!"


Banff Gondola Ride Admission

Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.37
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$58.37
Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion during this round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Take in views of six different mountain ranges and nearby rivers aboard your state-of-the-art alpine transport, offering large windows and seating for four guests. Enjoy time exploring the ridge line boardwalk before returning back to town.
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* A traveler said: "It is a must if you go Banff. Do not get discouraged if it rains, cloudy... because it changes every few minutes. Highly recommended to dress warm."


Banff (Canmore) to Calgary Public Shuttle

Banff (Canmore) to Calgary Public Shuttle

  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.53
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$47.53
Customized pickup location Reliable commercial vehicle provides hassle-free transfer service Enjoy the breathtaking views of Canadian Rockies Professional driver with inimitable driving skills and safety guaranteed
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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  • 11 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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$234.26
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$234.26
Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
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* A traveler said: "Aaron was our guide, he was very knowledgeable and added lots of interesting points, re native tribes in the area."


Banff to Calgary YYC Airport – Private Shuttle

Banff to Calgary YYC Airport – Private Shuttle

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
Whether your vacation is coming to an end or you’re a Banff local jetting off on a trip, this transfer service takes the hassle out of getting to Calgary Airport from Banff. Select your pickup location and your driver will be waiting there for you. You’ll get to the airport in good time, with no need to tour the countryside picking up strangers as this is a private service.
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* A traveler said: "I booked this transfer 48 hours before I required it, and the company was very accommodating. Aljay arrived on time, his vehicle was clean, and he loaded and unloaded our bags. The weather conditions that day were poor, but he got us to our destination safely and on time."


Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.15
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$71.15
Discover one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking trails at night, without the fear of getting lost, during this small-group tour. Equipped with a headlight, explore Johnston Canyon with a guide leading the way, and marvel at shimmering frozen waterfalls and hike along a suspended catwalk. Then, take a break to warm up mid-route with hot chocolate and maple cookies.
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* A traveler said: "Neil was our guide! Every knowledgeable and engaging. Despite the cold weather the canyon was much warmer with no wind. It was beautiful to see the canyon at night."


Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.48
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$140.48
The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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* A traveler said: "Was a wonderful day! Robbie is so friendly and engaging and really wants to show you the best of the best. Highly recommend this and my husband and I found it to be the best way of seeing all the magnificent views offered in the area"


Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.21
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$64.21
Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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* A traveler said: "My father and my friend went on the tour yesterday July 13 and it was great. I think her name was ANak. She was super awesome and she really knows her stuff. She kept things interesting and it was actually my dads favourite part of our whole trip. I would do the tour again but wish we had the same driver."


Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.56
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$199.56
Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride up to 7,700 feet for a mountain-top lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat to see Boo the resident bear rescued as a cub. This full-day trip also includes round-trip transportation, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments.
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* A traveler said: "Great experience and totally worth it !! You must plan this in your next trip to Banff !! Lots to see and discover .."


Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour

Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.91
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$49.91
Paddle along the Bow River in a 12-seater canoe as the sun sets in Banff’s backyard during this guided canoe tour. Dip your oars into the water as team and take in the wildlife and mountain scenery as your guide tells you about the animals and land. Be on the lookout for elk, bald eagles, beaver, and muskrats as the current carries you along.
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Snowshoeing on Top of the World

Snowshoeing on Top of the World

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.21
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$92.21
Go snowshoeing through the snowy backcountry of Canada during this tour from Baniff, including round-trip transport and your gondola ticket. As you trek across the snow, keep your eyes peeled for sights of the famous Rocky Mountains. Please also note that although this tour includes access to snowshoes, you must come prepared in your own winter clothing and boots.
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* A traveler said: "Awesome private tour with Adrienne! The powder was pristine, the temperature mild and the laughter and opportunities for photos were plenty! Thank you Adrienne for such an amazing experience! We will be back:)"


Private ACMG Ski & split-board guide

Private ACMG Ski & split-board guide

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  • 1 day 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.66
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Explore the Banff National Park back country on skis or splitboard with certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. With years of training and local knowledge the Alpine Air Adventures guides will lead you the best touring locations, with safety as a primary detail on any given day. Learn from the local experts and ski/ride some epic powder!
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Experience Ice Climbing

Experience Ice Climbing

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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.85
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$149.85
The Ice Experience program is designed to allow people of all abilities to experience the exciting sport of waterfall ice climbing. Our guides are incredible instructors, skilled climbers, and fun to be around. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / Riding

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / Riding

  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.34
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$98.34
Our guides are incredible instructors, fun to be around, and have a vast wealth of experience skiing and riding in the backcountry. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA. Skiing and riding safely in complicated mountain terrain requires a lot of experience and proper mentorship. We are here to ensure you start off in the right direction.
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Learn to Cross Country Ski in Lake Louise

Learn to Cross Country Ski in Lake Louise

  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.57
Price varies by group size
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$80.57
Price varies by group size
Beginners can book these cross-country ski lessons amidst the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies. With a small group of just four people or fewer, you'll get personalized attention from your guide as you learn a new skill. Practice how to fall down, get back up, glide, and stop on a pristine snowy trail with other beginners.
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