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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.

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Ice Climbing

Ice climb in one of the world's best destination for it!
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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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Sightseeing & Wildlife Tours

Take a tour to discover how the true Banff local lives
Summer
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Golden Skybridge

See Golden British Columbia like you've never seen it before!
Year-Round
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Columbia Icefields Adventure

Explore Athabasca Glacier, the Glacier Skywalk and more!!
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Snowmobiling

Race through the powder in an exhilarating way!
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Johnston Canyon Wintertime Wonder

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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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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Guided Tours

Join our Fairmont professional guides for a complimentary tour exploring the local area.
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Helicopter & Heli-Hiking Tours

Hit the skies and immerse yourself in the Canadian Rockies
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Private Campfire Experience

Cozy up post-ski with our Private Campfire - Million-dollar views, snowy peaks, and personalized warmth. Unforgettable moments await!
Year-Round
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Whyte Museum

Enjoy complimentary access to Banff’s Whyte Museum.
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Snowtubing

Soar down snow-covered hills in a tube!
Year-Round
Hiking in Banff National Park

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.
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Ice Fishing

Cast your rod and get on the ice for this past time.
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Sleigh Rides

Enjoy a sleigh ride with your loved ones.
Year-Round
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Family, Recreational & Cultural Programs

Includes trivia, bingo, scavenger hunts, and more family fun!
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Evening Snowshoe Tour

One of the best Banff Private Experiences is a snowshoe under the stars
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Ski

Ski in Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
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Ice Skating

Ice skate at our picturesque rink on Vermillion Lawn. Don't miss the Sugar Shack – indulge in maple taffy, hot drinks, and delightful winter treats!
Year-Round
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Banff Gondola

Experience mountain views from the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.
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Winter Rentals

Enjoy the great outdoors with these winter rentals.
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Rocky Mountains After Dark

Experience the night sky like never before!
Fairmont Banff Springs - Rundle Bar - Upper Balcony

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.

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Christmas at the Castle

Stay tuned for details about our magical holiday celebrations.
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs
Time: December 1st:
Year Round

Rundle Bar Afternoon Tea

Indulge in the elegance of afternoon tea at Rundle Bar. Delight in a selection of exquisite treats and teas amidst Banff's stunning scenery.
Location: Rundle Bar, Fairmont Banff Springs
Time: May 26th:
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New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in the New Year with one of the grandest celebrations in our iconic Castle in the Rockies. Enjoy a five-course dining experience followed by a night full of dancing and fun!
Location: Various
Time: December 31st:
Year Round

Vermillion Room Lunch

Experience the epitome of culinary delight with lunch at the Vermillion Room. Indulge in a symphony of flavors curated by our expert chefs, where every dish is a masterpiece crafted to tantalize your taste buds.
Location: The Vermillion Room
Time: May 26th:
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Sugar Shack at Fairmont Banff Springs

Sugar Shack

Indulge in delectable treats at our winter pop-up by Banff's best skating rink. A quintessential Canadian experience.
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs
Time: May 26th:
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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.

Year-Round

Suite Life

Make the most of your stay in Banff with some extra space and some suite perks.
Spring

Alberta Resident’s Rate

Save up to 30% off accommodation when you vacation in your own backyard – Banff National Park.
Year-Round

Fairmont Gold

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

Enjoy a daily spa treatment, breakfast and parking.
Year-Round
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Banff Bed & Breakfast

BANFF BED & BREAKFAST Bed & Breakfast, with à la carte breakfast, gratuities & parking included.
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Christmas at the Castle

Spend a magical family Christmas at the Castle and create new traditions.
Spring
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Banff Ski & Stay Offer: Save up to 30% + Daily Breakfast

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.

Insider Tips
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Fairmont Loves Winter

Celebrate
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Fairmont Loves Love-filled Stays

Planning Tips
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The Ultimate Banff Ski Trip Itinerary

Planning Tips
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Light Up the Night Sky in Banff

Planning Tips
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The Perfect Afternoon in Banff

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Capturing the Spirit of the Season: 2023 Christmas Decorations

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Christmas Suite at Fairmont Banff Springs

The Jillian Harris Christmas Suite

Celebrate
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Celebrate Christmas in Banff

Wine & Dine
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November Culinary Delights: A Taste of Fairmont Banff Springs

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5 Things To Do at Fairmont Spa

Fall
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Wellness in Banff National Park

Planning Tips
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The Perfect 5 Day Banff Winter Itinerary

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

Planning Tips
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The Best Winter Activities in Banff

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Wildflower Cocktail Recipe

Fall
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Alberta Local Ingredients

Celebrate
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Celebrations At The Castle

Insider Tips
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Why You Need To Experience Christmas at the Castle

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

Wine & Dine
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Valrhona Triple Chocolate, Hot Chocolate

Wine & Dine
Holiday Cocktail

Winter Wonderland Cocktail

Wine & Dine
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Perfect Après Cocktail

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The Best Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars

Wine & Dine
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Santa’s Nightcap Cocktail

Wine & Dine
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Almond Old Fashioned

Wine & Dine
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CHERRY FRENCH 75

Wine & Dine
Espresso Martini

Polar Express Cocktail

Fall
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Garden & Tonic

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Blanket Fever

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Virgin Cherry French 75

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Homemade Gingerale

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Mad Hatter Mocktail

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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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Strawberry Arugula Salad

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Healthy Power Balls

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Caramelized Shallot and Crispy Speck Dip

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Delicious Cauliflower Gratin

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Smoked Fish Dip

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Amazing Parsnip Soup

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

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

The Rundle Bar Caesar Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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The Vermillion Room’s Bison Bourguignon Recipe

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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.