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Winter in Banff

Discover winter in the Canadian Rockies. The small mountain town of Banff comes alive as fresh snow blankets the landscape. From ski hills to a lively aprés scene, winter in Banff offers a long list of must-do activities. Indulge in decadent food, toast with friends and family, and join in the winter fun at Fairmont Banff Springs.

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Winter Activities

When the weather cools down, Banff National Park becomes the perfect destination for winter activities to fill up your days and evenings. Hit the slopes, enjoy the great outdoors, and carve fresh powder with activities including skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and everything in between.

Year-Round
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Pools & Fitness Centre

Find your fitness groove in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Year-Round
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Gondola & Lifts

Experience Banff National Park from a new angle - on top of a mountain peak!
Year-Round
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Family, Recreational & Cultural Programs

Includes trivia, bingo, scavenger hunts, and more family fun!
Year-Round
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Banff Adventures

Explore winter and summer in Banff National Park with Banff Adventures.
Year-Round
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Exclusive Guided Adventure

Design your own adventure around Banff National Park, whether you crave a hike, driving tour or snowshoe, it’s all up to you.
Winter
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Ski

Ski in Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
Winter
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Night Sky Experience

Experience the night sky like never before!
Winter
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Johnston Canyon Winter Experience

This magical experience is one of Banff’s most popular attractions over the winter season which you cannot miss!
Year-Round
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Glacier Skywalk

Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more, on an exciting cliff-edge walkway
Year-Round
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Running & Walking Trails

Explore some of our local trails with digital Hotel Guides and audio-guided running and walking routes. Visit RunGo for routes and guides.
Summer
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Golden Skybridge

See Golden British Columbia like you've never seen it before!
Winter
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Cross Country SkiTour

Whether you’re new to cross-country skiing or you’d like to learn about the surrounding area from our knowledgeable guide, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!
Winter
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Sleigh Rides

Enjoy a sleigh ride with your loved ones.
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Winter Rentals

Enjoy the great outdoors with these winter rentals.
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Canyon Walks

Take a tour of the incredible photogenic Johnston’s Canyon.
Winter
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Snowshoeing

A true north experience like no other!
Year-Round
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Bowl Valley, Five Pin & Pints

Join us for bowling and a bite to eat at Bowl Valley, located in the Conference Centre.
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Whyte Museum

Enjoy complimentary access to Banff’s Whyte Museum.
Winter
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Snowmobiling

Race through the powder in an exhilarating way!
Year-Round
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Alpine Air Adventures

Explore the best of Banff with Alpine Air Adventures.
Year-Round
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Banff Gondola

Experience mountain views from the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.
Winter
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Powder Day Snowshoe Adventure

Come for a unique Banff experience with your very own Fairmont Guide and experience snowshoeing at its best!
Year-Round
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WOW Banff

WOW Banff offers a variety of multi-language tour experiences around Banff & Lake Louise.
Year-Round
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Wildlife Tours

Take a tour to discover how the true Banff local lives
Winter
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Snowtubing

Soar down snow-covered hills in a tube!
Year-Round
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Columbia Icefields Adventure

Explore Athabasca Glacier, the Glacier Skywalk and more!!
Winter
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Ice Fishing

Cast your rod and get on the ice for this past time.
Year-Round
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Complimentary Roam Transit

Explore Banff like a local with a complimentary ROAM Transit pass
Winter
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Evening Snowshoe Tour

One of the best Banff Private Experiences is a snowshoe under the stars
Year-Round
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Guided Tours

Join our Fairmont professional guides for a complimentary tour exploring the local area.
Winter
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Ice Climbing

Ice climb in one of the world's best destination for it!
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Helicopter Tours

Hit the skies and immerse yourself in the Canadian Rockies
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Winter Events

Fairmont Banff Springs provides a stunning backdrop for special events and holiday celebrations alike. From memorable family meals to decking our halls, the Castle has seen it all. Winter provides some truly incredible events that are always filled with good cheer.

Winter, Spring & Fall
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Campfire Rental

The quintessential Canadian experience!
Location: Upper Garden Terrace
Time: February 3rd:
Winter, Spring & Fall
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Campfire Rental

The quintessential Canadian experience!
Location: Upper Garden Terrace
Time: February 2nd:
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Winter Offers

Hit the slopes, escape on a mountain adventure, or relax at the spa this winter. Explore our special offers and packages to make getting away to Fairmont Banff Springs even easier.

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Banff Bed & Breakfast

BANFF BED & BREAKFAST Bed & Breakfast, with à la carte breakfast, gratuities & parking included.
Winter, Spring
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Embrace the Season

Celebrate the magic of winter in Banff with up to 25% off using this hotel offer.
Spring
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Alberta Resident’s Rate

Save up to 30% off accommodation when you vacation in your own backyard – Banff National Park.
Winter
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Christmas at the Castle

Spend a magical family Christmas at the Castle and create new traditions.
Year-Round
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Fairmont Gold

Enjoy a private check-in and lounge with complimentary breakfast and canapés.
Spring
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Fairmont Spa Package

Enjoy a daily spa treatment, breakfast and parking.
Spring
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Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies

Ski the Canadian Rockies and enjoy breakfast and daily parking.
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Winter Blogs

Winter in Banff is a time filled with exciting activities, dining experiences, and adventure. Read all about what makes Banff National Park an unforgettable winter vacation destination on our blog.

Celebrate
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Celebrations At The Castle

Fall
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Wellness in Banff National Park

Insider Tips
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Fairmont Loves Winter

Fall
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Wildflower Cocktail Recipe

Wine & Dine
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Winter Wonderland Cocktail

Wine & Dine
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Perfect Après Cocktail

Planning Tips
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The Perfect 5 Day Banff Winter Itinerary

Planning Tips
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The Best Winter Activities in Banff

Insider Tips
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Top Ski Runs in Banff National Park

Planning Tips
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Things To Do In Banff In Winter

Wine & Dine
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Valrhona Triple Chocolate, Hot Chocolate

Fall
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The Best Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars

Wine & Dine
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Santa’s Nightcap Cocktail

Insider Tips
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Why You Need To Experience Christmas at the Castle

Wine & Dine
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Almond Old Fashioned

Wine & Dine
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CHERRY FRENCH 75

Wine & Dine
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Polar Express Cocktail

Fall
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Alberta Local Ingredients

Fall
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Garden & Tonic

Fall
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Blanket Fever

Fall
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Virgin Cherry French 75

Fall
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Homemade Gingerale

Fall
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Mad Hatter Mocktail

Fall
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5 Things To Do at Fairmont Spa

Fall
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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Fall
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Strawberry Arugula Salad

Fall
Dates cocoa coconut oats walnuts raw vegan balls

Healthy Power Balls

Fall
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Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Speck Dip

Fall
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Delicious Cauliflower Gratin

Fall
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Smoked Fish Dip

Fall
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Amazing Parsnip Soup

Insider Tips
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How to Make the Most of Your Time in Banff

Fall
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Q&A with Paul Dixon, the Best Spa Therapist in North America

Wine & Dine
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Banff Christmas Recipes Apple Pudding Cake

Wine & Dine
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Banff Christmas Recipes – Banana Egg Nog French Toast

Wine & Dine
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Banff Christmas Recipes Organic Turkey Ravioli

Wine & Dine
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Banff Christmas Recipes – Buttermilk Cornbread

Wine & Dine
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Banff Christmas Recipes – Brown Sugar Maple Cupcakes

Fall
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Adopting A Pet In Banff

Fall
Bloody Mary or Caesar Cocktail on the Rocks with Lime, Celery and a Spiced Rim

The Rundle Bar Caesar Recipe

Fall
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Fall
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The Vermillion Room’s Bison Bourguignon Recipe

Fall
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Smoked Right Hand Cocktail Recipe

Explore Every Season

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Spring

Spring in Banff opens up opportunities for even more adventure. Ski, golf, and explore the mountains as you enjoy the warming weather and longer days.

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Summer

You can’t beat summer in the Canadian Rockies. Discover the endless adventures provided by glacier-fed, turquoise blue lakes and pristine nature.

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Fall

From cozy days spent in Canada’s Castle in the Rockies to experiencing nature’s marvelous transformation – fall into adventure at Fairmont Banff Springs.