5 Winter Adventures Beyond Skiing and Snowboarding in Banff and Lake Louise

October 9, 2020 If you're planning a ski trip to Banff and Lake Louise, here are five winter adventures you can experience beyond skiing and snowboarding.
Ice Skating at Banff and Lake Louise

Whether you’re a skier or a non-skier, Banff National Park is the perfect destination for winter adventures.

Although known as home to three world-class ski resorts, the Banff and Lake Louise area has plenty of other options for fun winter activities. From its networks of hiking and cross-country ski trails to authentic dog sled experiences and more, there is no end to the adventures you can enjoy.

If you’re looking for some physically-distanced activities after you’ve unstrapped your skis or snowboard, you’ve picked a great destination. Here are five winter adventures that we recommend trying on your trip to Banff and Lake Louise this year:

1. Ice Skating

There is nothing more iconic than skating on the frozen waters of Lake Louise, beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

This natural ice skating rink is maintained daily by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. If you’re feeling chilly, a heated shelter is provided to warm up after your skate. Other skating rinks are available in Banff and additional lakes may be transformed into natural rinks, depending on the weather conditions.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this classic Banff National Park adventure!

2. Dog Sledding

Dog sledding in Banff National Park

If you’re looking for an authentically Canadian experience in Banff, there is nothing better than a guided dog sled tour of Banff National Park.

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site like the early pioneers, behind a team of trained Alaskan Huskies! Get to know the team and snuggle up under blankets for a ride through the trees.

Dog sled tours are available through a number of tour operators in the Banff and Lake Louise area. Contact the team at Skican for more information.

3. Snowshoeing

If you love to experience the peace and quiet of the snow-coated forest, then snowshoeing is the right adventure for you.

Like dog sledding, snowshoeing has been used to travel the Canadian backcountry for hundreds of years. You won’t cover as much ground on snowshoes, but you will be able to savour every moment of your time in nature.

If you’re interested in exploring Banff National Park on snowshoes, you can rent snowshoes and join a guided tour with several local companies. The best time for snowshoeing is typically December to April, once enough snow has accumulated.

4. Cross-Country Skiing

Cross country skiing in Banff National Park

Banff and Lake Louise are home to an extensive network of cross-country ski trails, including single or double-set tracks and skate skiing lanes. Trails range in ski level from novice to advanced, offering options for skiers of every level. Every trail is well-groomed to provide a quality experience throughout the season.

If you’re looking for a little extra adventure, you can try skiing out and spending the night at one of several backcountry lodges. Curl up next to a wood fire after a day of skiing and enjoy a buffet breakfast in the morning.

5. Winter Hiking

Alongside the cross-country ski trails are a wide range of winter hiking trails. From your home base in Banff and Lake Louise, you can explore a variety of unique and exciting destinations. 

From the frozen waterfalls of Johnson Canyon to the scenic lookout at Tunnel Mountain, there are many beautiful sights to see in the area. Just remember to bring the appropriate winter hiking gear, including gaiters, hiking poles, and warm clothing.

For more ideas on winter adventures to experience in Banff and Lake Louise, book your trip with Skican today. We’ll help you plan the perfect trip.