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.
2. Columbia Icefield Glacier 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 Glacier Adventure opens April 13.
3. 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.
4. Ski the Canadian Rockies - So far, the spring of 2018 has been powder-heavy. We have fantastic conditions for warmer-weather skiing – think sunny days, quieter slopes and relaxing après, right through mid-May.
5. Mountaintop Yoga - Take a really deep, clean breath of the freshest mountain air during a one-hour Ashtanga yoga session at the top of the Banff Gondola. Held one Sunday morning each month, this is an amazing way to invigorate your spirit. New to yoga? Instructors from lululemon in Banff are welcoming to yogis of all levels. It’s a $62/pp investment in you! Includes yoga mat, instructor and Banff Gondola admission.
6. Glacier Skywalk - Step out on to breathtaking platform 918 feet above the valley floor! The Glacier Skywalk is a unique and unforgettable experience to learn about the mountains and do something you’ve never done before. It opens April 13.
7. 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.
8. 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. Winter of Wonder festival runs through to March 25, 2018.
9. 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.
10. Museums and history - Experience Banff’s culture at a museum or natural historic site. Spend the afternoon discovering the history – both human and natural – that has shaped Banff National Park at the Whyte Museum or the Banff Park Museum. Explore the history of the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system at the Cave and Basin.