Banff Winter Adventures

By Viator, June 2015

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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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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 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 (approx.)

From USD $225.96

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 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 $143.68

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 $52.98

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 $25.69

Banff Tri-Area Ski Pass: Lake Louise Ski Resort

Enjoy skiing at Lake Louise Ski Resort in Canada with a convenient ski pass that grants access to all of the resort’s runs. This ski resort is one the largest ...  Read more

Location: Lake Louise, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $78.66

Banff Tri-Area Ski Pass: Mt Norquay Ski Resort

Famous for being the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, Mt Norquay Ski Resort is a must for skiers and snowboarders in Banff. With this ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $78.66

Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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

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

From USD $44.95

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