Top 10 Rainy Day Activities in Banff

So You’ve Planned the Perfect Vacation and Had All the Outdoor Activities All Lined Up and Then…Rain.

Weather in the Canadian Rockies is notorious for changing so quickly, but rest assured that regardless of the forecast there is plenty of things to do that will make your time in Banff just as special.

We’ve listed out the top 10 rainy day activities to help you make the most of your stay, come rain or shine.

rain over the mountains

But First…

What to Pack to Wear in the Rockies

  1. Jacket – Summer in the Rockies is usually hot but sometimes a cool breeze in higher elevated areas might present itself. Packing a waterproof windbreaker will help you keep warm and dry if the weather changes on the dime
  2. Comfortable walking shoes/running shoes. We totally understand the need to look chic for those mountain Instagram photos but wear proper footwear, it could be the difference between an enjoyable mountain moment or a miserable one
  3. The necessities – sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
Traveling - packing (preparing) for adventure school trip concept. Backpack, boots, jacket, lunch box, water and fruits on wooden background captured from above (flat lay).
backpack and contents laid out

Rainy Day Activities at the Hotel

Home to year-round activities, rain, shine, snow you name it, Fairmont Banff Springs is proud to be home of a Resort Activities team that is able to craft activities, unique to the destination, that operate regardless what the weather forecast has in store.

Try Our Big Kids Scavenger Hunt

Challenge your family and friends to explore the castle in a fun way! Pick up our Big Kids Scavenger Hunt cards from the Concierge Desk in the main lobby.

Strike Up Some Fun in Our Bowling Centre

Whether you’re a seasoned bowler or you are looking for a different way to have some indoor fun, our Canadian Bowling and Entertainment Centre offers everything you need to have a great time on-site.

Bowling and eating at Bowl Valley Fairmont Banff Springs

Make a Splash In Our Pool

Grab your bathing suit and take a dive into our indoor or outdoor pools or hot tub. For an even more relaxing experience, make your way to the Fairmont Spa to purchase spa access and soak in our mineral pools.

resort pool with lounge chairs

See Our Artist in Residence Program

Visit the Art Room at the Castle to see this month’s Artist in Residence in action. In partnership with Mountain Galleries, this program gives you the opportunity to see these professional artists in action and become inspired yourself. Located on the lobby level by the motorcoach entrance.

Dring in the View at Afternoon Tea

Our Rundle Bar takes England’s most beloved tradition to new heights. Enjoy a tea tower filled with decadent finger sandwiches, desserts and a delicious variety of teas.

Test Your Knowledge at Trivia

Test your knowledge and have some healthy competitive fun by participating in our Local Trivia games.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Castle

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the hotel and learn about the history behind this landmark. Download our Self-Guided Heritage Tour Brochure or pick up a printed copy from the Front Desk.

Scenic road in the Canadian Rockies. Dramatic Colorful Sky. with Rainbow Taken in Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
woman with a backpack looking at the resort

Have Some ‘You’ Time at the Fairmont Spa

Rainy day outside? No problem. Take some time to pamper at our Fairmont Spa. Home to amazing treatments, a salon, mineral pools, steam rooms, hot tubs – indoor and outdoor…you’ll be so relaxed you’ll forget all about the rain.

Scenic road in the Canadian Rockies. Dramatic Colorful Sky. with Rainbow Taken in Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
woman with champagne sitting in the spa

Rainy Day Activities in Town

Explore the Whyte Museum

Explore the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains through the collections, programs and exhibitions at the Whyte Museum in downtown Banff. Located at 111 Bear Street.

Disvocer Banff’s Historical Cave & Basin

Go back to the very spot where the hot spring was discovered and Banff National Park was founded: Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada. Located at 311 Cave Avenue.

Scenic road in the Canadian Rockies. Dramatic Colorful Sky. with Rainbow Taken in Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
cave lake

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