The much photographed and Instagrammed Banff and Lake Louise area is, without a doubt, one of the top places to visit in Canada in the winter.
WHY BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE IS A PREMIER WINTER DESTINATION
And if right now you’re asking yourself why would you travel there when skiing is not really on your list of favourite activities, you’re in luck because there are a lot more things to do in Banff in the Winter. Banff and Lake Louise truly come alive in the winter with a surprising mix of tranquility and adventure, natural beauty, and activities for sightseers and adrenaline-seekers alike.
We can think of, at least, five reasons to embrace the winter and visit Banff and Lake Louise.
A mind-blowing destination
Travellers returning from Banff and Lake Louise will rave about their winter adventure in Canada for a lifetime. Search for photos of the region when thick layers of powdery snow cover everything, and you’ll have a hard time peeling yourself off the screen. Let us set the scene for you.
Unlike in most other tourist destinations, the Banff National Park experience starts as you step out of the Calgary International Airport. The 90-minute drive from the airport follows the Trans-Canada Highway and is a scenic road trip through the mountains.
Anywhere you go in Banff and Lake Louise you will be surrounded by unspeakable natural beauty and you will feel truly immersed in nature.
Venture Far Insight: If you have a pre-set image in mind for Canada that includes warm and welcoming residents and wildlife roaming free a few steps away from your hotel room, you’ll find that here in Banff and Lake Louise.
Authentic winter at the Canadian Rockies
There’s something about the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, tucked away in the middle of the Canadian Rockies that leaves visitors speechless and compels them to capture its essence in photography. But by the time winter comes, and the lake freezes over, the vistas are even more spectacular. Snowy mountain peaks, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers leave no one indifferent even if you never thought you were the “nature type”.
Eclectic + sustainable local cuisine
Anywhere else in the world you’d probably ask where to eat. But in Banff and Lake Louise, where world-renowned chefs share their latest culinary creations at equally famous restaurants, you’ll be asking what to eat instead. This is a foodie’s paradise with a well-rounded cluster of local eateries for all appetites. Typical Canadian Rocky Mountain cuisine is a mix of influences, with wild game as staple ingredients that Banff and Lake Louise restaurants source from local producers.
Venture Far Insight: There are over 130 restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from. Try sipping gin at the stylish Park Distillery or experiencing contemporary Canadian cuisine with a view at Fairview restaurant at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
One-of-a-kind places to relax + unwind
As famous as Banff and Lake Louise is for outdoor winter activities, there are so many more ways to enjoy your time at Canada’s top winter tourist destination. Amidst all the adrenaline-pumping winter sports and animation, balance it out with some much-appreciated relaxation moments.
Dip into the geothermally heated waters of the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Get pampered with a Seasonal Spa Special or enjoy a relaxing day at the Willow Steam Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Immerse yourself in the local custom après, trading stories by the fire over a locally brewed beer or a cup of hot chocolate.
Venture Far Insight: Top off your evening with a hearty, restorative meal and kick off the night at the beat of local DJ’s at the Dancing Sasquatch or give the two-step dance your best shot at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon.