Top things to do in Banff this winter

Nov 13, 2014
Banff National Park is a divine mecca for winter enthusiasts that boast many reasons to celebrate - from sipping hot chocolate by a warm fireside to zipping down a powder-soft slope on skis. As the temperatures outside begin to chill and frost etches onto our windows, many winterlusters are just itching to play in the Canadian Rockies’ largest winter playground. Whether it’s your first time ever seeing snow or you’re a seasoned local with many winters under your belt, Banff offers up a slew of activities and fun for anyone to enjoy.

‘Tis the season for ski and snowboard enthusiasts to revel in over 8,000 acres of prime terrain in Banff National Park’s three premier resorts: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay! The Mount Royal Hotel and Banff International Hotel know that the best ski vacations include more than just skiing. That’s why with Snow Easy, you can forget the fuss and focus on creating the memories you’ll want to remember. Everything you need for your ultimate ski vacation including rentals, lift passes, getting there, where to go for the best après ski and where to photograph and share your best #SnowEasy moments are all taken care of! 
Winter isn’t all about the skiers and snowboarders – this week kicks off this charming mountain town’s lively winter festivals. 

From November 13–23, foodies can rejoice in ten delicious days of dining at some of the top restaurants in town with Bon Appetit Banff. This year, newcomer Toque Canadian Pub joins the table with a Canadian-inspired menu featuring modern twists on traditional favourites including a decadent house-made Nanaimo Cheesecake! And if that hasn’t already excited your taste buds, reserve your tickets for November 20th: a gourmet night of four specialty restaurants complete with four courses and four drink pairings for an exclusive Dine Around Banff experience! 

Looking for more reasons to fall in love with Banff this winter? Those wanting to get in the Christmas spirit can do so with a weekend at the Banff Christmas Market from November 14-16. With one-of-a-kind shopping, live entertainment and fantastic food, this enchanting experience is the perfect time to raise your spirits, relax with friends and even find that special gift. We all have someone on our gift list that is difficult to buy for, so for the one who has everything, give them the gift of adventure with an Ultimate Explorer holiday special. So leave hibernation to the bears, it’s time to get outside and celebrate winter in the Canadian Rockies!

Photo credit: Matt Thiessen
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