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Heading to the Canadian Rockies this spring and looking for some ideas of things to do in Banff?

Banff National Park has so many outdoor activities and attractions, from spring skiing to sightseeing. Spring is one of the best times to visit Banff National Park. Since spring is shoulder season, there are plenty of hotel specials in Banff. Also, with snow remaining on the mountain peaks and fresh foliage, green grass and trees revealed on the forest floor, you can almost guarantee photos that’ll draw ooo's and ahh's from friends and family.

  1. Dinner at Sky Bistro: With the daylight hours stretching in to the evenings, you’ll have amazing views from your cocktails through your desert from the Sky Bistro. Located atop the Banff Gondola, Banff’s newest restaurant focuses on quality Canadian cuisine. Come for appies and a glass of wine or for a two-course gourmet experience. Either way, the snowy peaks stretching into the horizon will make you want to linger. And until April 15, you can combine it with the Gondola's Alpenglow Festival on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Sky Bistro dining room overlooking snowy mountain range

  1. Columbia Icefield Adventure: Massive Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Come along for the ride of a lifetime as you learn a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. The Columbia Icefield Adventure opens April 19.
  2. Banff Upper Hot Springs: Naturally heated Sulphur pools offer beautiful views of the Bow Valley and a relaxing way to end a day on the slopes or a spring hike.
  3. Ski the Canadian Rockies: So far, the spring of 2019 has been powder-heavy. We have fantastic conditions for warmer-weather skiing—think sunny days, quieter slopes and relaxing après, right through mid-May.
  4. Cochon 555: Foodies gather at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel this April 5–7, 2019 for an epic culinary weekend featuring top chefs, long-table dinners, samples, dining and having a blast. Check out what's on tap for this year's event.
  5. Columbia Icefield Skywalk: Step out on to breathtaking platform 918 feet above the valley floor! The Columbia Icefield Skywalk is a unique and unforgettable experience to learn about the mountains and do something you’ve never done before. It opens April 19. 

A family overlooking from the Glacier Skywalk.

  1. Hiking in Banff: Discover why Banff National Park was pronounced a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own two feet. Trails like Tunnel Mountain, Sundance Canyon and the Marsh Loop can be snow-free as early as April. Make sure your camera is charged and ready, more animals start making an appearance in the spring.
  2. Banff Gondola: From morning exploration to evening stargazing, there’s no shortage of all-day fun at the Banff Gondola. Each of our signature seasonal activities have been designed to heighten every sense, by delivering memorable moments that celebrate the wonder of winter in the mountains. Alpenglow Festival runs through to April 15, 2019.
  3. Lake Minnewanka Cruise: Lake Minnewanka lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and is the largest lake in Banff National Park. Learn all about the history, native folklore and geology; make sure to keep your eyes on the shore for local wildlife. The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. It opens mid-May once the lake ice has melted. 

A blue and white boat cruises on a lake below a forested mountainside.

  1. Banff Gallery Hop: On a Sunday afternoon each month, Banff's galleries and museums pull together a unique chance to dig deeper and explore the amazing culture and heritage of this little mountain town. You'll visit Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, Canada House Gallery, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and other arts-related shops. Running April 20, 2019. Learn More

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