Spring in Banff
The word spring rings bells with the reference of Banff, from the natural Hot Springs that created Canada’s first national park to the mysterious and impressive Banff Springs Hotel to the wonderful season where the flowers bloom once again and the sun shines bright upon the mountains. Spring in Banff brings the best of winter and summer, with sensational spring skiing and sightseeing expeditions. As it’s shoulder season, heading into Banff’s high season, there are also plenty of hotel specials in Banff to make the most of. It’s the perfect time of year to come explore Banff National Park with so many things to do, places to see, and memorable experiences to be made. This season, come bask in the magnificent wonders of spring in Banff.
Top 3 Spring Activities in Banff
Banff Upper Hot Springs
After a full day of hiking in the morning and skiing in the afternoon, treat yourself to some classic relaxation in the Upper Hot Springs. This open air natural hot tub features soothing and therapeutic waters set to the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. It offers all the modern amenities but is set in the historic spa and bathhouse, where travellers have been coming to ‘take the waters’ for more than a century. To experience living history, the closest to time travel you can get, rent one-piece ‘historic suits’.
Horseback Trail Rides
One of the most classic activities you can do in Banff National Park is to get your cowboy on and go horseback riding. There are few feelings in the world as amazing as galloping on a horse through a meadow. And even if you’re not at that level yet, there are trail rides available for all levels of experience to get out and explore the forest and up to some breathtaking vantage points the way that the settlers did.
Of course the hiking in Banff is absolutely world-class, drawing people from all over to hike the massive trail system and explore one of the most beautiful areas on the planet. Whether through canyons or up mountains, the perfect hike awaits. So lace up your boots, grab your daypack, and make an adventure out of it.
SpringstART Festival (April 4 – 20, 2014)
Leap into spring with the annual SpringstART festival that highlights the local cultural, historic, and artistic scene in Banff. This April, as springtime breathes new vivid colour and life into the landscape, SpringstART will offer a collection of events that are as diverse as they are educational. Art has always been a natural extension of the park, as the scenery of the area inspires the inner artist in us all. Indeed many of the early pioneers and explorers were also painters, writers, photographers and musicians – each one making their own interpretation of the area to help make it even more famous and attractive to the rest of the world. Experience a celebration of this past with heritage home and museum tours, along with theatre, mountain films, photography workshops, and art exhibits. Come experience this vibrant scene and connect with your own inner artist!
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival (May 30 – 31, 2014)
This May, wine and food lovers unite at the wonderful setting of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Come indulge in this delectable weekend of tasty cuisine from Banff’s best restaurants; and of course, a vast selection of local and international wines, scotches, micro-brewed beer, and more. Interact in the Grand Tasting Hall and explore new flavours as you meet the experts and savour the best of the best – all in a unique and memorable setting. All weekend will feature wine and food themed events and various hotels and restaurants throughout the weekend, so you can make it a proper gourmet getaway.