Spring Break in Banff: Canada’s Natural Playground

Spring Break! Hallelujah, it’s just around the corner. But what to do and where to go? Look no further than spending this Spring Break in Banff  and, of course, check out this article – for ideas for a fun-filled and adventure-packed vacation.

Spring Break in Banff, family fun under the sun!

TO DO’s:

What to do with a beautiful sunny afternoon after you are done with skiing?  Here are some tips for your Spring Break in Banff. Take the family sledding! Or, rather, dogsledding.

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Stunning and snowy, Banff offers professionally-guided dogsled tours for the whole family! You will learn the commands yourself and glide across the snow for two to eight hours while you tell your pack of Alaskan Huskies to “gee!” and “haw!” through the crisp mountain air. Hanging out with your family and these friendly pups is a mush-t.



Spring Break in Banff
photo: Paul Zizka

After a day of  skiing and activity, there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. At 1,585 meters above sea level, these hot springs are the highest hot springs in Canada! Not only that, the pools also offer a special wading pool for young children and a family friendly atmosphere in the shadow of the Rockies.



Spring Break in Banff

Here’s another idea that will leave your family in high spirits and your kids forever thrilled with their parents: family snowmobile tours. Whether you’re an expert or an absolute beginner on snowmobiles, there’s always a spot for you! Explore the raw wilderness of Banff accessible only by sled, race up snowy slopes, or park at a peak for an unparalleled view of the mountains. These tours last anywhere from one to seven hours, and leave multiple times a day from multiple locations, so don’t worry about missing a tour!



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The Rocky Mountains exude a wintry mystique over Banff that may make them seem out of reach – neigh, untouchable. Not so. Ice climbing in these high mountain crags is not for the faint of heart, but will provide a unique and astounding close-up look at these beautiful peaks. Guided by professional instructors from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, you’ll be able to tackle some of the highest quality ice climbing in Canada safely and enjoyably. In addition, check out the Intro to Ice Climbing class on February 10th and March 9th from 8am-5pm at Banff Town Hall to get a handle on the basics of ice climbing!



Banff Blitz

Also, don’t miss the Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run & Walk on March 5th! In this race, participants strap on snowshoes and take to the snow-covered trails for some racing fun! The 5k race is an enjoyable adventure along the shore of Lake Louise, while the longer, 10k race veers off and up into the trees around the lake, challenging racers with a 295m elevation gain. The best part is that the kids can participate, too! A free 2k race allows kids to be part of the fun.


Lodging & Deals


Banff offers some fantastic deals on lodging for those travelling through this time of year! Check out Hidden Ridge Resort for a fantastic fourth night free deal when you bundle up your ski vacation with Enjoy Whistler! With a cozy location tucked among fir trees on a peak above town, this resort offers A-frame cabins with a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. In addition, soak off the stress in one of the outdoor hot tubs! A great deal for families and friends alike.

Another great deal can be found at the historic Mount Royal Hotel in the heart of Banff town. With an indoor hot tub, a sauna, and a restaurant and bar/pub, this hotel offers a 7th night free! Starting at $106/night, this is a spot not to be missed.



Even further, check out the Douglas Fir Resort: the friendliest kid hotel in Banff. A fourth night for free is what is offered if you so choose to spend your nights here! With a water-park and the largest Playzone for kids in Western Canada, this resort offers a fantastic space for families to unwind at the end of a day.  Undoubtedly an excellent choice for families spending their Spring Break in Banff.



Oh, Canada!

 Spring Break in Banff
Photo Sean Hannah

Fellow Americans, this is the time to visit & ski our beautiful Rockies, if you haven’t done it so far! With Banff as one of the most affordable ski towns in North America in spite of its majestic beauty (considering summer as its peak season), and our Canadian loonie at its lowest in over 10 years, it would be rude not to pay us a visit 🙂 Can’t get much better than this.



Well, there you have it folks! Banff is an all season paradise tucked away in the Canadian Rockies. There’s something for everyone, and deals abound! Don’t forget to check out some other happenings around town for more fun things to do. Oh, and it’s good to remember: kids under 6 y.o stay, ski & rent gear for free! 

Call up our friendly Rocky Mountain Specialists at Enjoy Banff  and let them plan & bundle up your Spring Break vacation in the amazing surroundings of Banff National Park.