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 on a private tour

Johnston Canyon is one of Banff’s most popular hiking trails, but this winter the access road is closed to public vehicles due to the pandemic. Grab your household cohort and join our friendly local guide on a private tour from Banff to Johnston Canyon and marvel at the frozen waterfalls. It’s a rare opportunity to see this iconic canyon without the crowds!

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! 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.

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®

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private icewalk tour of majestic Johnston
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

Family Sleigh Ride - Private

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 with just your friends or family? Book a private snowshoeing tour of Marble
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
45 Mins
Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon
Limited Space

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
1:30pm
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
10:15am
7 Hours

Romantic Sleigh Ride - Couples

Experience the classical romance of Banff's winter wonderland on a magical sleigh ride package for two complete with beverages and
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? This easy 3-kilometre trail through Kootenay National Park to see the historical Paint Pots is the perfect
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 tour with the option to drive your own dog sled in picturesque Spray Lakes, Canmore. Glide through entwined
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 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
2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
30 Mins
Banff Dogsledding
Most Popular

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
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 new private family sleigh seats up to four people and includes two cozy fleece blankets and a s’mores kit to enjoy by the fire after your ride.

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 30-minute helicopter flight for two to Marvel Pass with a 15 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.