Banff, Alberta | Activities

Banff: It’s Not Just Scenery
Skiing, skating, hockey, curling, and ice fishing. It’s a winter wonderland.

Although some mountain roads are closed in the winter, Banff still has many activities for visitors. Join the hardy Canadians in these fun and family friendly activities.

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Skiing

Banff has three ski resorts in the heart of the park: Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Sunshine Village, and visitors can purchase one ticket good for all three mountains. Enjoy nearly 8,000 acres of dry, light snow, terrain to suit anyone’s taste, a long season, and short lift lines.

Outdoor ice skating and hockey

The cold weather and lakes of the area provide ample spots for something purely Canadian – gliding along on ice skates hand in hand with your sweetheart, or joining a game of pickup hockey (or shinny, as the Canadians call it). There are a variety of outdoor rinks to test your skating skills, all amongst signature Banff mountain backdrops. The Waldhaus Rink, located behind the Banff Springs Hotel, Snow Days Ice Rink at the Banff High School field, Lake Louise behind the Chateau Lake Louise, 40 Mile Creek to Vermilion Lakes, Johnson Lake, Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka are all prime skating territory.

Curling

Ice hockey, hiking, and skiing have all been checked off your list. What about curling? The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre is a state of the art winter center that not only has an NHL sized ice rink, but also four sheets of curling ice. Folks interested in hurling the granite stones down the ice in a sort of winterized version of shuffleboard can take lessons on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Certified coaches will teach the basics of the sport in drop-in sessions, and no reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person and includes all equipment.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is offered December through April and is located on the beautiful and secluded Spray Lakes, close to Banff. Beginners and advanced anglers alike can relax in heated huts on the ice, jig for lake trout and white fish, then have your guide cook your catch on-site.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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