Banff and Lake Louise in winter will take your breath away.

Experience a true Canadian winter wonderland in one of the most majestic places on earth, complete with dazzling natural light shows, powder white snow, delectable cuisine and a more diverse range of activities than you ever thought possible in winter.

We have put together our favourite wintery must dos for a truly memorable Canadian Rockies adventure.


 It’s getting hot in here…


Take a break from slicing through the snow and relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Watch the snow fall on nearby mountain peaks as you take some “me time” in these mineral-rich springs that are easily accessible via a short bus ride from the centre of town.

Bubbling up from 3kms beneath the earth’s surface, the Hot Springs afford you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a piece of history. The water that will soak your cares away has not seen daylight for hundreds of years and is rich with minerals beneficial to body and soul.

Sitting between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius in winter, the Hot Springs are quietest in the morning, but are open well into the evening year-round.


A bird’s eye view


There is no shortage of options for those who want to get aerial without a pair of skis in Banff and Lake Louise, with four unique sightseeing gondolas and chairlifts in the region.

For the most comprehensive experience for all ages, we recommend soaring 2,281 metres up Sulphur Mountain in the Banff Gondola. Located five minutes from Banff township, Insta-perfect moments will abound with the perfect vista of six stunning mountain ranges and the Bow Valley sweeping before you.

A range of dining and beverage options are available once you reach the summit, but our pick is the unmistakably Canadian menu on offer at Sky Bistro. Fresh and locally-sourced produce awaits you with a view like no other.

Whilst there are a range of short hiking trails accessible from the top of Sulphur Mountain, for an indoor adventure for all ages, check out the all-new Banff Interpretive Centre. The Centre offers a range of interactive displays, a Junior Explorer Program for the littlies and the multi-sensory Above Banff Theatre that gives soaring over the Canadian Rockies a whole new meaning!


Mother Nature at her best


From dancing lights in the sky to ice bubbles below, Mother Nature certainly turns on her charm in spades in the Banff and Lake Louise region of Canada!

The Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights is a phenomenon that tops many people’s bucket lists and one that can be ticked off on your trip to the region in winter. The powerful glow of multi-coloured light dancing across the sky can often be seen over Banff in a display of Mother Nature’s very own fireworks.

Another winter phenomenon, one that is unique to this part of the world, is the presence of other-worldly ice bubbles that form beneath the surface of many of the lakes in Banff.

Created by methane gas that freezes beneath the surface, view them firsthand in all their glory in the longest lake in Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka.


Dashing through the snow…


You’ve sung the Christmas carol a million times since childhood but now you can experience riding in your very own one or two-horse open sleigh in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park.

Ride along Lake Louise by day or night beneath warm blankets as sleigh bells ring and the starry skies twinkle above.


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