Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel
Looking for the best things to see and do in Banff in February?
February means fluffy snow that is deeper than ever in the Canadian Rockies – the powder months have arrived! Banff and Lake Louise are transformed into a winter wonderland and there’s never been a better time to soak in their snow covered beauty. Plus, it’s the perfect time of year for snowy activities such as dogsledding, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.
1. Glide through the snow on a dogsled tour
This is the most popular winter activity in Banff! Imagine gliding along a snowy, winding trail as your team of dogs pulls you through breathtaking Rocky Mountain landscapes in a traditional yet thrilling way. Dogsledding tours are perfect for families of all ages or as a romantic winter experience – you can even choose to relax on a instructor driven sled, or mush the sled yourself.
2. See the best sightseeing spots in Banff
Looking for the perfect introduction to Banff National Park? Let us show you some of our favourite sightseeing spots in Banff (where you can get the best photos!), while we keep our eyes peeled for wildlife and share stories of Banff’s history with you. The morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour takes you to places such as Banff National Park’s largest lake, a waterfall and several scenic lookouts, and leaves plenty of time for an afternoon of skiing, or taking a Banff icewalk or snowshoeing tour.
3. Check out local events
There’s always something happening in Banff! The Banff Winter Carnival returns to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site with fun activities for all ages. Try your hand at curling, challenge family and friends to wild and wacky outdoor games, and check out vintage films and media from the carnival’s glory days in the Roaring Twenties. If you’re visiting for Family Day, there’s a range of free and low-cost events as part of the Family Winter Arts Festival at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Plus, on Friday and Saturday evenings the Banff Gondola‘s Alpenglow Festival at Sulphur Mountain gives you the chance to see the rose coloured sunset on the surrounding snow-capped peaks and then stargaze at 7,500 feet.
4. Snowshoe through fresh powder
Is there a more fun way to play in the snow than snowshoeing? Kootenay National Park has transformed into a winter wonderland and our snowshoe tours are fluffier and deeper than ever. This removed yet engaging experience allows guests to truly interact with the silence of winter in the remote areas of Marble Canyon or the Paint Pots. Breathe in the smell of fresh pine as you explore these winding forest paths led by your friendly guide and sample a truly Canadian treat – maple taffy made in the snow!
5. Take a sleigh ride
Imagine being pulled through a snowy mountain meadow by a pair of beautiful horses, as their sleigh bells jingle in the crisp air. A sleigh ride is the perfect group activity for the family or with your friends, with stunning mountain peaks such as Mt Rundle surrounding you.
Looking for the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day date? Take a private sleigh ride just for two on a one-horse open sleigh complete with a delicious beverage, chocolates and a buffalo blanket to snuggle under. This is our most popular option for proposals in Banff.
6. Spend a day at Lake Louise
Is there a more iconic location to visit in Banff National Park? Lake Louise is the true definition of a winter wonderland, as its higher elevation means that it receives much more snow than elsewhere in Banff. You’ll be amazed to see the higher snowfalls as you leave Banff and get closer to Lake Louise. Choose from winter activities such as a horse-drawn sleigh ride, ice skating on a frozen lake, enjoying a drink in the famous Fairmont hotel, or exploring the snowy trails. Take our full-day tour to Lake Louise with a scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway, four hours of free time at Lake Louise to explore all that it has to offer, and complimentary use of snowshoes.