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 and Panorama Mountain Resorts
Two 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 at or below the cost of a lift ticket for each resort and including return transportation from Banff and your full-day lift ticket. 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. 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 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. See a show at Banff Centre
After a day of exploring, enjoy a concert or event at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This world-class venue is a hidden gem in Banff and offers programming throughout the year for the whole family. Discover Banff Tours is offering $5 off select shows using promo code DBT, including JUNO award winning singer-songwriter William Prince (March 2) and members of rock band Arcade Fire in a daring contemporary dance piece (March 9).
6. Watch an ice hockey game
Is there a more quintessentially Canadian experience than watching a ice hockey game up close? Canada’s professional league, the NHL, includes the Calgary Flames and you can see the Flames play at the Saddledome Stadium in Calgary with transportation from Banff and expert commentary from your on-board guide.