There is something that draws me to icy landscapes. When the countryside is covered with blankets of snow, it amplifies the beauty of a scene by creating stark shadows and jagged lines. Colours pop through the winter haze creating beautiful patterns of intense hues. To me, there is no where more arresting in winter than Banff, Canada. The conditions can be harsh as the temperatures plunge to well below zero, but if you are brave enough to face the Canadian cold, a trip to Banff in winter will leave you with lasting memories that you will cherish for years to come.
Discover the Beauty of Banff Canada
From backcountry lodges to high mountain scenic hikes, Banff is beautiful. If you really want to take in the scale and scope of the Rocky Mountains, take a scenic flight over Banff National Park, you will discover a beauty that you’ve never seen before.
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Ice skating is in every Canadian’s blood. Dave and I both spent many winters in a hockey rink skating around the arena practicing our skills. For a truly Canadian experience, take the game outdoors and play some pond hockey on Lake Louise.
Get all your winter gear and rent your pond hockey skates and gear at Wilson Mountain Sports
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The only place to go dogsledding in Banff National Park is right here. This trip takes you through The Great Divide Trail where you journey across the border from Banff Canada, into British Columbia. The Alaskan Huskies of KingMik Dogsled Tours love to run.
Read all about our experience Dogsledding in Banff
Lake Minnewanka is one of the more famous lakes near Banff Canada and it is the perfect spot to go stargazing and photographing the dark skies. Winter is the perfect time for dark sky photography because the sun goes down at 4:30 and you can be home from a night photography session by 9pm.
We took a photography tour with Rocky Mountain Adventures and it was an excellent way to discover hidden gems. Their professional guides know Banff Canada inside out and can take you to many photo haunts frequented by local photographers where you can capture unique angles from a different perspective.
When winter comes, Banff residents don’t hide indoors. They celebrate the snow getting active outside. There are many cross country ski trails that are groomed daily for snow lovers.
Probably the most famous sight in Banff Canada is the Banff Springs Hotel. This is known as the castle in the Rocky Mountains. We’ve never stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel, but whenever we are in Banff, we stop in for a peak and a tour.
When visiting Banff Canada make sure you go into the backcountry. We snowshoed into a backcountry lodge and what made it so special was all the incredible views of ice and snow like this!
Just outside of Banff near Canmore Alberta is the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. This sanctuary rescues wolfdogs that have been abandoned or abused. The dogs are beautiful, but they are wild and timid of humans. People think it is cool to own a dog that is half wolf, half dog, but they are a lot of work and a very special animal that remains partly wild. If you decide to adopt a wolf dog, do your research and know what you are getting into beforehand.
Probably the most photographed lake in all of Banff, Canada. The Vermillion Lakes attract photographers from around the world each morning and night to capture magnificent sunrises like this!
The Johnston Canyon walk is a sight for sore eyes. This winding path takes you through deep canyons covered in icy waterfalls. Each view just keeps getting better and better until you reach the end where massive waterfalls plunge into a whirlpool of icy water.
There is nothing more romantic that taking a horse drawn sleigh ride along Lake Louise. Clydesdale horse pull your sleigh along the lake’s path to view the glacier as you sip hot chocolate while wrapped up in a warm blanket..
A backcountry lodges is a magical experience. The only way to access a place like this, Sundance Lodge, is to hike, cross country ski, or snowshoe in. Once you arrive you have the place all to yourself. In the summer you can ride horses into this lodge.
Winter offers views like this with every turn you take in Banff, Canada.
The best way to see Banff National Park is to fly over it. A helicopter tour is a spectacular way to really understand just how massive the Rocky Mountains are.
Helicopter Tours can be booked at Rockies Heli
We were treated to a snowshoe excursion in the mountains. Our helicopter landed on a remote mountain top and we hopped out for a hike to take in the views of spectacular Banff, Canada.
Banff is a unique national park because it houses three ski hills. Lake Louise, Norquay, and Sunshine Village. Lake Louise is host to world cup downhill events and the hill shown above just outside the park is Nakiska Ski Resort, home of the ’88 Winter Olympics alpine events.
See our video and check out our snowboarding adventure at Lake Louise
Banff, Canada is beautiful anytime of year. Summer is the busiest and most popular time of the year, but if you give winter a chance, you will discover that Banff is magical when it’s covered in snow. Just make sure to dress properly, pack your layers, and head outside to embrace the snow. You’ll fall in love with winter in Banff.