Activities and experiences

Banff National Park

Trails, lakes and mountainscapes! Whether you are seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or relaxation, Banff National Park offers something for everyone. Be sure to plan ahead and check conditions before you go.

Winter in Banff National Park

Winter is a special time of the year to visit Banff. Here is all the information you need to plan your snowy visit to Banff National Park.

Trail conditions

Planning to explore Banff National Park? Ensure to check the Trail Conditions Report prior to heading into the national park.

Thermal waters

Experience and learn about the hot springs in Banff National Park by visiting two great Parks Canada administered sites for one low price!

Cross-country skiing

Banff’s ski season is one of the longest in North America, running mid-November through April! Wax up your skis and enjoy one of many cross-country ski trails.

Winter walking

Lace up your boots and enjoy one of many winter walking trails. Use the information on this page to choose a safe and fun destination. 

Winter safety

Safety is your responsibility! There are always hazards associated with outdoor recreational activities, be prepared before heading to Banff.


Calendar of events

Take part in a wide range of events, special activities and memorable experiences in this unique place in Canada.

Red chairs

Parks Canada has placed over 200 red Adirondack chairs throughout the country, including the 11 sets found here at Banff National Park.

Explore the Bow Valley Parkway

The Bow Valley Parkway is a scenic winding route between Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy 48-kilometer paved road, picnic areas and scenic views.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, short films, seasonal activities, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

Explore the oldest natural history museum in western Canada. Get face-to-face with Rocky Mountain wildlife! 

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Discover a historic trading post along the North Saskatchewan River and immerse yourself in stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.

Learning experiences

Experiences in the park

Friendly and knowledgeable interpreters are here to share the stories of Parks Canada's protected places.

Virtual experiences

From videos to songs to live virtual programs, explore Banff’s online experiences and learn more about this special place.

Community experiences

The Banff Outreach and Education team is out and about in the communities near the park! Provide stories and education on Banff.

Guided conservation hikes

From lakeside views to mountain vistas, Parks Canada guided conservation hikes show how species and their habitats are connected.

A Beary, Berry Good Day

Join Ursa on her big adventure as she encounters other animals and humans. Find out if she can rely on her instincts to remain a wild and healthy bear.

Volunteer program

The Volunteer Program offers a range of opportunities to participate in learning and hands-on park stewardship activities.

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