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 an 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 Johnston Canyon’s frozen falls

Johnston Canyon is one of Banff’s most popular hiking trails, and even more spectacular in winter as the rushing falls turn into icy pillars. Join our friendly local guides on a guided small-group tour from Banff to Johnston Canyon and marvel at the frozen waterfalls.

Photos at Johnston Canyon's lower falls on a guided icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

3. Check out local events

There’s always something happening in Banff! Mountain Madness starts with a downhill ski at Mount Norquay and then continues at the Recreation Grounds with running, ice skating, classic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing segments. Plus, see a different side of Banff in the evenings at the Banff Gondola‘s Nightrise event through interactive lights, projections and original soundscape.

Banff gondola evening views
Photo Credit: Chris Amat / Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

The best Banff activities in February

See the frozen upper falls on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
Most Popular

Private Johnston Canyon Icewalk®

Book a private icewalk tour of the majestic Johnston Canyon Trail for just your group with a knowledgeable, friendly guide.
8:30am
4 Hours

Frozen Bubbles Helicopter Tour

Experience Abraham Lake's famous frozen bubbles on this uniquely Canadian snowshoeing and heli flight adventure. Located 25 minutes from the
10:00am, 2:00pm
4-4.5 Hours
Family Banff winter sleigh ride

Private Family Sleigh Package

Relax and enjoy Banff's mountain views on our private sleigh ride for the whole family. Climb aboard your private sleigh
Throughout the day
40 Mins

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 Banff and area with just your friends or family? Book a private snowshoeing
5 Hours
8+

Private Banff Heli Sightseeing

Located on the south west border of Banff National Park, Marvel Pass has long been a favourite spot for that
Throughout the day
55 Mins
Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon
Limited Space

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

Fresh powder and spectacular Marble Canyon snowshoeing as you hike past Marble Canyon's 40-metre deep gorge.   This half-day snowshoe
8:30am
4 Hours

Private Sleigh Package For Two

Experience the classical romance of Banff's winter wonderland on a magical sleigh ride package for two. Relax and take in
Throughout the day
40 Mins
Banff snowy sleigh ride
Family Fun

Sleigh Rides

Join us on our 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? Try one of the best snowshoeing trails near Banff. This easy 3-kilometre trail is a Kootenay National
1:30pm
4 Hours
Drive your own sled of dogs on a dogsledding adventure at Spray Lakes
Limited Space

Dogsledding - Sunfeather Winterlude 4 Hrs

A longer dogsled tour with the option to drive your own dog sled in picturesque Spray Lakes, Canmore near Banff.
11:00am
4 Hours
Canmore dogsledding tour from Banff with transport
Most Popular

Dogsledding - Powder Hound 2 Hrs

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

Dogsledding - Narnia 30 mins

This 30 minute Narnia Trail Tour captures the very best of the spectacular landscape and is the perfect introduction to
2:00pm, 3:00pm
30 Mins
Banff Dogsledding
Most Popular

Dogsledding - Great Divide 1.5 Hrs

The most popular Lake Louise dogsledding - The Great Divide tour, takes you along the base of giant peaks in
9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
1.5 Hours
Interpretive tools at the Patch on Mount Norquay
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
8:30am
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 at Marble Canyon with its incredible 40-metre gorge of frozen falls. 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 (perfect for Family Day!)

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.

For families visiting Banff, the private family sleigh package seats up to four people and includes two cozy blankets and s’mores to enjoy by the fire after your ride. Or for larger groups, there’s the new private group sleigh package for up to nine people.

Banff family winter sleigh ride

6. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style

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, a s’mores kit and a cozy blanket to snuggle under. This is our most popular option for proposals in Banff.

Another popular option for Valentine’s Day is scenic helicopter flights over the Canadian Rockies. Near Banff, take a private helicopter flight for two to Marvel Pass with a  20 minute stopover at 7,200 feet. If you’re driving to Jasper, stop along the Icefields Parkway for a unique winter experience combining a helicopter snowshoe adventure with a guided tour of Abraham Lake’s famous frozen bubbles.

Marvel Pass Private Helicopter Tour

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What is there to do in Banff in February?

In February Banff’s winter wonderland is perfect for dogsledding, seeing frozen falls, snowshoeing through fresh powder, taking a sleigh ride with family and friends, and celebrating Valentine’s Day in style.

Can you hike Johnston Canyon by yourself?

Johnston Canyon is open to the public, please check Parks Canada’s trail report and wear ice cleats during winter. Without a guide you’ll miss the interesting history and unique fossils.

Is there dogsledding in Banff?

There is no dogsledding directly in the Town of Banff, there is dogsledding in Lake Louise (45 minutes from Banff) and at Spray Lakes near Canmore (50 minutes from Banff).

What can couples do for Valentine’s Day?

A horse-drawn sleigh ride is a romantic Valentine’s Day option that’s perfect for proposals. Another popular choice is scenic helicopter flights over Banff including a private flight for two.

What Banff winter activities are family friendly?

There’s lots of family friendly winter activities in Banff including tubing at Mt Norquay, horse-drawn sleigh rides, dogsledding tours, and the Banff Gondola.