What To Do in Banff in March
Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

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.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Powder Express Shuttle from Banff
Photo Credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR)

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!

Banff Evening Icewalks at Night with Discover Banff Tours

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.

Mt Norquay Snowtubing

The best Banff activities in March

Banff Tubing at Mt Norquay

Banff Mt Norquay - Tubing

It’s time for a downhill thrill of a different kind! Jump on an inflatable snow tube and hold on tight
10:00am, 1:30pm, 5:00pm
2.5 Hours
Summer views from the Banff Gondola
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Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from
Throughout the day
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See frozen waterfalls on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Explore the icy beauty of Grotto Canyon and see ancient native pictographs using special hiking crampons to grip the smooth
8:30am
4 Hours
Banff Evening Icewalks at Night with Discover Banff Tours

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk®

Your headlamp makes the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalks in quiet darkness
6:30pm, 7:30pm
2.5 Hours

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.

Wear ice cleats on a frozen creek bed on a Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

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.

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

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.

Hoodoos viewpoint winter photos with Discover Banff Tours

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Is there snow in Banff in March?

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.

Is Kicking Horse good for beginner skiers?

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.

How far is Kicking Horse from Banff?

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located in Golden, British Columbia, approximately 2 hours drive and 145 kilometers west of Banff.

What should I not miss in 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.

Should I visit the Banff Gondola in March?

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.

Can you hike Grotto Canyon in winter?

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.

Is there tubing in Banff?

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.