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Banff Winter Adventures

By Viator, August 2014

4.5 32 Reviews | Add your review

The largest town in Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is the ideal starting point from which to explore the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Situated along the Trans-Canada Highway roughly 80 miles (128.7 km) west of Calgary, the resort town is surrounded on all sides by breathtaking views of snow-covered peaks, evergreen forests and mountain lakes. The town itself is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations and as such it can get very crowded during peak periods. But fear not, the surrounding 2,564 square miles (6640 square km) of national park provides ample opportunity for nature enthusiasts and sportsmen to get away from it all.

Visitors to Banff who want to make a day of it should consider a visit to some of the beautiful mountain lakes that can be found in the area. One could do worse than Lake Louise and the world renowned Moraine Lake. Designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites, these pristine destinations are best explored with the help of one of the many knowledgeable guides in the area who are versed in the region’s history and geology.

Another day trip for the adventurous at heart is whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River. A profusion of organizations offer affordable packages that provide transportation, gear and guidance—and just as often lunch—unlocking the wonders of the class 4+ rapid runs on the Kicking Horse. Just getting there is worth the effort, as the route through Yoho National Park is as scenic as it gets.  

The drive to the Columbia Icefield is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain drives in the world. One of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia yields its unique eco system to exploration from late May to early October and requires the use of specially fitted all-terrain vehicles.

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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Add the perfect rustic touch to your winter Alberta experience with a sleigh ride in Banff. Ride with your family or friends in a horse-drawn sleigh through ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.69

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.40

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $202.43

Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

Join a personalized small-group tour and discover beautiful Banff in the Winter! Over 3-hours, your local guide will point out all the landmarks and wildlife ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.82

Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Join this small-group Banff guided tour and hike on steel walkways which have been built into the canyon walls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.08

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