TOP 6 SPRING APRÈS ADVENTURES IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Ask any local and they’ll tell you that Spring is one of the best times to visit Banff National Park. Our high elevation means that you can enjoy a sunny day of shredding on the mountain and then head back to town for some Spring après adventures. Here’s our picks for the top 6 Spring après adventures in Banff National Park.
ROLL THROUGH BANFF
Missing your saddle? No worries – there are no shortages of places willing to rent you some wheels to explore the trails of Banff. The Legacy trail, connecting Banff and Canmore, opens in early April. If you’re looking to stay local, ride the paved path to Vermillion lakes for iconic views of Mount Rundle.
PADDLE LIKE A CANADIAN
While all of the lakes typically remain frozen until April/May, the Bow River will usually be thawed enough that you can go for a spin during ski season. Canoe rentals start on May 15th at The Banff Canoe Club, which is located right on the Bow River in downtown Banff. Bring a pair of binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for elk, beaver and wolves along the way!
ENJOY THE HISTORIC WATERS
Soak in the historic waters of the Banff Upper Hot Springs – free with the purchase of a tri-area ticket in April and May. For over 100 years, travellers from all over the world have come to experience the steamy, hot mineral water – a great way to unwind after a day on the slopes.
HISTORY ROCKS! (OR ROCKIES?)
The history of The Canadian Rockies literally surrounds you while you’re in Banff & Lake Louise. Swing by The Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies and explore some of their historical interpretive exhibits or check out their incredible collection of Canadian art and photography.
CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
Looking for a birds eye view of Banff? Head up to Tunnel Mountain and tick “Climb a mountain” off your bucket list for good. With 260m of elevation gain, the trip is considered a “moderate” hike by Parks Canada, but the 4.8km round-trip trail is very well traveled and maintained, so you can finally climb that mountain with ease!
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Nothing says spring like rolling out a blanket and eating under blue Banff skies. Your options for picnicking locations are nearly endless; Drive up to Two Jack Lake and snack at one of the many lake-side tables or head over to Centennial Park in downtown Banff along the Bow River.