What To Do in Banff in February

What To Do in Banff in February
Drive your own sled of dogs on a dogsledding adventure at Spray Lakes

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.

Drive your own team of dogs on a dogsled tour at Spray Lakes in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel

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.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Winter
Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

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.

Family playing in the snow at Lake Louise
Photo Credit: Devaan Ingraham / Banff & Lake Louise Tourism

The best Banff activities in February

Private Winter Sightseeing Tours

Looking to tour with just your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National Park and see
5 Hours
All Ages

Private Snowshoeing Tours

Looking for a new way to snowshoe with just your friends or family? Book a private snowshoeing tour of Marble
5 Hours
Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon
Most Popular

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

Your snowshoes crunch on fresh powder as you hike past Marble Canyon's 40-metre deep gorge.   This half-day Banff tour
4 Hours
Ice skate on Lake Louise on the winter Discover Lake Louise Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Most Popular

Discover Lake Louise

A vast frozen lake surrounded by sparkling snow and an amphitheatre of snow-dusted mountain peaks - Lake Louise is postcard-perfect
7 Hours

Private Sleigh Ride

Experience the classical romance of Banff's winter wonderland on a magical sleigh ride package for two complete with chocolates and
Throughout the day
40 Mins
Banff Trail Riders Public Sleigh Ride
Family Fun

Sleigh Rides

Join us on a sleigh ride through the Banff mountain meadows with your family, friends or loved ones for a
Throughout the day
40 Mins
Banff Snowshoeing Race with Discover Banff Tours
Family Fun

Snowshoeing Tour to Paint Pots

First time snowshoeing? This easy 3-kilometre trail through Kootenay National Park to see the historical Paint Pots is the perfect
4 Hours

Dogsledding - Sunfeather Winterlude 4 Hrs

A longer tour with the option to drive your own dog sled in picturesque Spray Lakes, Canmore. Glide through entwined
4 Hours
Canmore dogsledding tour from Banff with transport
Limited Space

Dogsledding - Powder Hound 2 Hrs

This is the best value for money dogsledding tour that guarantees you a hands-on experience to drive your own sled
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
2 Hours
Banff Dogsledding
Limited Space

Dogsledding - Narnia 30 mins

This 30 minute tour captures the very best of the spectacular landscape and is the perfect introduction to dogsledding in
30 Mins
Banff Dogsledding
Limited Space

Dogsledding - Great Divide 1.5 Hrs

The most popular dogsledding tour at Lake Louise takes you along the base of giant peaks in Banff National Park
9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
1.5 Hours
See Elk on the Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Winter Tour
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of the highlights of Banff (the
3 Hours

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!

Banff Snowshoeing Race with Discover Banff Tours

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.

Banff Trail Riders Public Sleigh Ride
Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

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.

Ice skate at Lake Louise on a full-day tour with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta

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