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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 Gondola Ride Admission

Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.10
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Evening Wildlife Safari

Evening Wildlife Safari

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Join an animal-spotting bus tour in Banff National Park, observing the park’s amazing wildlife at dusk on this 2-hour, small-group tour that’s perfect for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy Banff’s beautiful landscapes in the evening searching for elk, deer, bears and more because each tour has a 95% success rate of viewing animals in their natural environment. You'll also hear about the park's efforts to protect animals and their habitat from your expert guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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1 Hour Bow River Ride

1 Hour Bow River Ride

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Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. Get out of the car and onto the trails of the Bow River or the Spray River and enjoy the area’s beautiful outdoor environment, largely unchanged from the days of the pioneers. This equine-themed odyssey includes a guide, use of a horse, and all necessary equipment.
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  • 1 hour
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk

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Experience the winter wonderland of Banff’s Johnston Canyon on this ice walk tour. Join a professional guide on a hike along the canyon’s steel walkways, to visit the beautiful lower and upper waterfalls, and learn how this majestic canyon was formed. Your excursion includes round-trip transportation, ice cleats, and a hiking pole, plus a light snack and hot chocolate to help warm you up.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour

Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk
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Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

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Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this guided tour from Banff. Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. Gain insight into the area’s mountaineering history, admire views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and leave with plenty of frame-worthy photos. Round-trip transportation is included on this small-group tour. Don’t miss this seasonal tour that operates from April to November.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Banff Performance Ski Rental Including Delivery

Banff Performance Ski Rental Including Delivery

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Nestled below the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff is widely considered among the finest ski resorts in Canada—and the equipment rental queues can be long. With this ski, pole, and boot hire service—geared toward learner skiers—order your kit in advance and beat the queues. Reach the slopes faster with in-house fitting at your accommodation, and relax with slope-side servicing included.
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Private ACMG Ski & split-board guide

Private ACMG Ski & split-board guide

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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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  • 1 day 8 hours
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Experience Ice Climbing

Experience Ice Climbing

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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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  • 8 hours
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Banff Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

Banff Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

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Located within the spectacular Rocky Mountain Range, Banff attracts skiers from across the world to its snowy slopes—and the equipment rental queues can be long. With this ski, pole, and boot hire service—aimed at advanced skiers skiers—reserve your high-spec skis in advance and avoid the waiting lines. Hit the pistes faster with in-house fitting at your condo, and enjoy peace-of-mind with slope-side servicing included.
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  • 2 to 14 days
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Banff Performance Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

Banff Performance Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

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Dominated by the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff ranks among the most popular ski resorts in Canada—and the equipment rental queues can be long. With this snowboard and boot hire service—geared toward beginner boarders—order your kit in advance and reach the slopes faster. With fitting at your accommodation plus slope-side servicing included, you can hit the snow knowing your rental equipment is covered.
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / Riding

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / Riding

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Banff Premium Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

Banff Premium Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

With diverse terrain and spectacular valley views, Banff ranks among the finest ski resorts in Canada—but the equipment rental queues can be long. With this snowboard and boot hire service—geared toward experienced riders—reserve your snowboard equipment in advance and reach the slopes faster. With in-house fitting at your condo plus piste-side servicing included, you can hit the slopes knowing your rental equipment is fully covered.
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  • 2 to 14 days
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