With so many fun winter activities in Banff, it’s hard to narrow down your options to what you really want to do. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a comprehensive collection of exciting things to cross of your Banff Bucket List.
Dating back to the early 1920s, dog sledding in the Banff area was used by explorers and adventurers to climb wild mountain passes, make day trips for necessary supplies and race each other around for pure fun and entertainment.
Nowadays, dog sledding in Banff National Park still retains its exhilarating charm for locals and visitors alike. Lucky for you, our friends and dog lovers over at Kingmik Dog Tours allows you to keep tradition alive and spend a few hours or a whole day on the rails of a well-loved, well trained, pure Alaskan Husky team as they brisk you across the snow at your commands.
Trust their team of dog whisperers to whisk you away into the peaceful silence of the Continental Divide through snow-riddled trees and majestic winter wonderlands. Bring you lover, your family or just skip town for a solo adventure of your own. Whatever you do, make sure you include dog sledding on your Banff Bucket List.
Dashing Thru’ the Snow in a one horse open sleigh…
Keeping with the theme, find yourself wrapped up in blankets, sipping hot cocoa and staring at the blissful world passing by from the tranquility of a horse drawn sleigh ride, just like it’s 1962, which it was when our friends over at Banff Trail Riders got their start.
Their romantic private sleigh ride offers fireside stops for champagne and chocolates with your loved one, along with an authentic buffalo robe wrapped around you for the utmost comfort and warmth.
Alternately, bring your friends and family along for the ride and opt for the big, wide-open sleigh with a pit stop for roasting marshmallows and soaking in the serene nature surroundings. Reservations are recommended since you’re not the only one with sleigh rides on the brain.
Now, perhaps you’re looking to get into your optimum flow state with a bit of adrenaline adventure on the mind. Rest assured that ice climbing the waterfalls in the Banff National Park would allow you just that.
Deemed some of the best ice climbing in the world, the guides at Yamnuska in the Canadian Rockies will use their professional expertise to get you on the face, feeling like you’ve been doing this your whole life. It’s safety first for these guides, followed by making sure you have the best time possible.
Ice climbing is sure to be one of the highlights of your Banff Bucket List. Choose between their half-day and full day programs and if you can’t get enough, sign up for their life changing ice climbing courses and top roping seminars to take it to the next level.
There is no denying the hard work you put in while learning to ice climb, so it’s a great idea to offset that output with some good old-fashioned relaxation. There isn’t a better place to do that than at the stunning Fairmont Banff Springs. The Fairmont Chateau is an absolute must on your Rockies bucket List: It offers an exquisite and memorable experience, literally the Canadian Castle of the Rockies, so you’ll feel right at home like the royalty you are.
Equipped with beautiful, modern amenities reminiscent of European luxury, the award winning Willow Stream Spa offers an artful take on whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and of course, the rejuvenating and relaxing spa services themselves. You’ll have all you ever needed to cross ultimate relaxation off your bucket list. The hardest thing you’ll have to do at the Fairmont Banff Springs is convince yourself to leave.
Don’t miss out on Enjoy Banff’s great package rates for Fairmont Banff Springs accommodation this winter!
Of course, no Banff Bucket List would be complete without a visit to the beloved Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. The YWS provides an incredibly opportunity to not only learn about wolves and wolfdogs and dispel myths about them, but to safely and kindly interact with these majestic creatures.
Created in 2011, the YMS has been rescuing and rehabilitating hurt, abandoned or otherwise displaced wolves and wolfdogs and allowing the public this precious opportunity to be in their presence. Consider a guided tour from those at YWS who know these magnificent beings the best, or opt for a self-guided walkabout.
With winter goodness underway and tons of snow, now is the perfect time to call up our friendly customer service team at Enjoy Banff and let them design & plan your memorable Banff Bucket List trip in the amazing surroundings of Banff National Park.