Looking to bring your little ones along for a family getaway in the mountains this winter? Banff, Alberta is a much beloved alpine town that brings plenty of fun and adventure on and off the many ski hills the Bow Valley region is known for. If you’re looking to explore like never before and bring your littlest adventurers along for the ride, Banff Adventures has you covered! Read on to learn about some of the best things to do in and around Banff all winter long!
Why Visit in Winter
If you’re not a skier or boarder, you may have missed out of the magic of the Rockies in seasons passed. While there’s certainly no shortage of things to do during the warmer months, Banff truly transforms into a winter wonderland. With snowcapped peaks and plenty to see and explore, Banff is an ideal spot for a family getaway. Family-friendly activities to consider this season include:
The Banff Gondola
What better way is there to explore than to soar above the clouds all the way to the top of the infamous Sulphur mountain? At the top of this majestic peak, you’ll find jaw-dropping views, a world-class interpretive centre, and fine dining courtesy of the Sky Bistro. The Gondola also offers festivals like Nightrise, which celebrates the Indigenous influence found in the Rockies and the magic of the mountains themselves! The Banff Gondola is an absolute must-see activity and is open all year round for your convenience if you miss out during winter!
Slip and slide your way into excitement at Mt. Norquay’s tubing park! Tubing and tobogganing are two essential Canadian past times and are excellent options if you have multiple little ones you want to entertain. Located just a convenient 5-minute jaunt away from the centre of town, Mt. Norquay’s tubing area offers 8 lanes of fun for the whole family to enjoy all day long!
Sleigh rides are one of our most in-demand family activities and for good reason! Bundle up and take a ride on either a western-style sleigh with plenty of new friends or a private family ride on a true one-horse open sleigh. Dash across the fields of Banff and take in the Rockies like never before as you make memories everyone will treasure forever.
Want a “hike” that’s easy enough for little legs to tackle but that certainly doesn’t skimp on views? Located just 30 minutes outside of Banff, Johnston Canyon is home to ice walks that are ideal for adventurers of all ages and activity levels. Enjoy your climb up the sturdy pathway through Grotto Canyon and, take in natural formations, Native rock art, and snap pictures in front of awe-inspiring waterfalls that capture the beauty of a raw force of nature frozen in time. Our tours range in duration from 3.5 - 4 hrs and give you ample opportunity to take in the grotto during a 4.2km walk that’s suitable for participants ages 8 and up.
Snow Shoeing and Rentals
Hoping to have a little more “free reign” when you explore? Banff Adventures offers rentals for numerous winter activity equipment like snowshoes, skates, cross-country skis, and even standard ski equipment if you don’t want to commute with your gear. With competitive prices for the highest end equipment, you can adventure safely and confidently throughout the Bow Valley region!
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Don’t miss your opportunity to make this the best winter ever! Contact Banff Adventures to learn more today!
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