Six Socially Distanced Winter Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

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Six Socially Distanced Winter Adventures in Banff and Lake Louise

The sound of scraping ice on a frozen lake reverberates through the mountains as skate blades scratch and glide across the vast, glassy surface. Snowshoe prints leave a trail through a forest filled with fluffy powder, with animal tracks being the only other sign of a soul. Sun streams through the frosty air, bringing to life the sparkle of snowflakes seemingly suspended in midair.

These are just a few of the magical moments that can turn into lifelong memories here in Banff and Lake Louise. In Banff National Park, there are opportunities abound to get out in nature for your own slice of the great outdoors, away from the busyness and distractions of everyday life.

Consider these outdoor activities for your next winter escape to Banff and Lake Louise.

1. Cross-country Skiing

Cross-country skiing near the village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
Cross-country skiing near Lake Louise. Photo by Josh Segeleski.

Although we’re partial to skiing of the downhill variety, cross-country skiing can be a great way to shake out the legs after a day on the slopes and take in some new scenery. With plenty of rental options and trails in Banff and Lake Louise, you’ll be hitting the skinny ski trails in no time.

2. Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding, photo by Devaan Ingraham
Dog Sledding / Banff Lake Louise Tourism, photo by Devaan Ingraham

There might be no better way to enjoy winter than in the company of a sled team of furry friends! Get cozy and bundled up in the sled seat as the dogsled team whisks you through the mountains. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this!

3. Wilderness Skating

Wilderness ice skating on Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park.
Photo by Devaan Ingraham / Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

The frozen lakes here in Banff National Park act as winter’s ice arena, perfect for wilderness skating. Even on busy days, you don’t have to look far to find your own isolated ice patch to enjoy. Check out any of these lakes near Banff and Lake Louise to get started.

4. Forest Bathing

Winter Walk, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, photo by Noel Hendrickson
Winter Walk, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, photo by Noel Hendrickson

In a world full of distractions, forest bathing can help recenter your focus on the simplicity of nature. Simply head out for a walk on a mellow winter trail and immerse your senses in the wilderness surroundings. The Fenlands loop trail near the town of Banff is perfect for this.

5. Snowshoeing

Winter snowshoeing at Bow Lake in Banff National Park.
Photo by Noel Hendrickson / Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

Snowshoeing is a great introductory activity for those wanting to explore the outdoors in winter. Check out these trails near Banff and Lake Louise for great accessible locations. Be sure to educate yourself on winter safety and potential avalanche risks in the area you’re visiting.

6. Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, photo by Devaan Ingraham
Winter Hiking, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, photo by Devaan Ingraham

Winter is still a great time to take to the trails frequented by hikers in the summer. Microspikes and hiking poles come in handy for trails with more elevation to adjust to the winter conditions. Any of these trails will do nicely.

While operations look a little different this winter, you can count on finding amazing ski terrain across 8,000 acres and 3 mountain resorts. SkiBig3 has always been known for its wide-open, uncrowded slopes and this year is no different. Being active and outside is guaranteed to provide some respite during this challenging time. This winter could be the best time to experience all the outdoor adventures that make this place special.

In the spirit of keeping things flexible, SkiBig3 is committed to keeping you updated with ongoing health & safety information. Should you need to cancel or change your plans this winter our no-questions-asked cancellation policy allows for free changes and cancellations until 3-days prior to arrival. To book your winter ski vacation, call 1-844-754-2443 to speak with a reservation specialist or go online to access to some exceptional Ski & Stay Package deals and Short Stay Escapes.