Looking for the best things to see and do in Banff in March?
While officially February marks the end of winter, there’s still plenty of sub-zero weather and snowy fun to be had in March! As the temperatures start to warm a little it’s the perfect weather for activities such as skiing, snow tubing, winter hikes and more!
1. Ski at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Some incredible ski resorts are at Banff’s doorstep in British Columbia, and our ski shuttles to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Panorama Mountain Resort are affordable and accessible, priced below the cost of a lift ticket alone including return transportation from Banff. Did we mention that BC is typically around 10 degrees warmer than Banff? Stay in Banff, ski in BC.
2. See frozen falls under the stars
With little to no light pollution, Banff National Park is the perfect place for star gazing. Located just 30 minutes from Banff, Johnston Canyon is a popular daytime hike but did you know that you can visit these frozen falls at night under the stars? The Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk takes you on a small group hike led by a friendly guide who will share stories of the canyon and use their powerful uplights to show off the glittering pillars of ice. Turn off your headlamp (included) on the return walk to properly appreciate the night sky if you dare!
3. Go tubing at Alberta’s largest tube park
Looking for a fun outing for the whole family or just the young at heart? Located just a 10 minute drive from the Town of Banff, Mt Norquay is home to Alberta’s largest tube park with eight lanes of tubing fun. Grab an inflatable tube, ride up the magic carpet and then fling yourself down the snowy hill.
4. Hike through a canyon on a frozen creek bed
Staff favourite alert! This morning winter hike to icy Grotto Canyon is a bit of a local’s secret, you won’t find any crowds here. Strap on your ice cleats over your winter boots and you can walk on a frozen creek through the canyon as the walls tower above you. We’ll hike to see ancient pictographs as your guide weaves stories about the history of the canyon. The finale? Three frozen falls where you’ll stop for hot chocolate and maple cookies while we look for ice climbers scaling the 30 metre pillars of ice.
5. Stargaze on a mountain summit (late January to mid March)
The Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain is Banff’s most popular attraction, but did you know that in winter you can stargaze at 7,500 feet? On Friday and Saturday evenings the Alpenglow Festival gives you the chance to see the rose coloured glow on the surrounding snow-capped peaks as the sun descends and then marvel at the dark skies and luminous stars. This event is included with regular admission and includes live music, s’mores, rooftop firepits and professional telescopes.
6. 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.
There’s plenty of sub-zero weather and snowy fun in Banff in March. It’s the perfect time for activities such as skiing, snow tubing, winter hikes, stargazing and more.
Featuring abundant soft snow and high alpine terrain, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers and is known for its interesting and technical terrain.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located in Golden, British Columbia, approximately 2 hours drive and 145 kilometers west of Banff.
Top sightseeing spots in Banff include Banff’s largest lake, Lake Minnewanka, the Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ and Bow Falls.
From late January to mid March, stargaze at 7,500 feet during the Alpenglow Festival at the Banff Gondola with live music, s’mores, telescopes and firepits on Fridays and Saturdays evenings.
Grotto Canyon is an easy 4.2km hike, although ice cleats are recommended in winter. The canyon is publicly accessible or join a small group guided icewalk.
Alberta’s largest tube park is located at Mt Norquay Ski Resort, a 10 minute drive from downtown Banff. For ages 4 and up, it’s the perfect winter family activity.