Ice-tastic Canadian Adventures

There is a place where the best view is wherever you’re looking – Banff National Park, Canada. With so much to take in, you’ll want to maximize your time outside. Beyond the three great ski resorts to explore, winter brings many unique and beautiful options to get up close and personal with all the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Flash your SkiBig3 lift ticket and get extra savings on some of these pass perk ice-adventures.

Ice skating on Lake Louise
Photo by Kelly MacDonald.

Ice Walks

Whether with a guided group or exploring on your own, a pair of ice cleats or snowshoes are a great way to see how popular canyons transform in winter. Johnson Canyon and Marble Canyon (just outside Banff National Park) are both beautiful areas to explore. Discover Banff Tours offers beautiful day walks with no hassle – transportation and equipment are provided. SkiBig3 Lift Ticket holders can take advantage of extra savings on Ice Walk & Snowshoe packages from Discover Banff Tours.

Winter ice climbing at Johnson Canyon, Banff National Park, Canada.
Photo by Noel Hendrickson.


Quaint hotel rinks with twinkling holiday lights, lake skating amongst towering peaks, or recreational rinks for a game of shinny – the skating here is some of the best. Be sure to come prepared with a shovel and warm clothes for an unforgettable mountain experience.

Ice skating on Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park, Mt. Rundle in the background.
Photo by Noel Hendrickson.

For an even more unique experience, check out the annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic February 21st-25th – the most picturesque pond hockey rink on earth!

Visit Ice Giants

Take a wintery walk to a frozen waterfall! Cascade Falls is easily accessible from the Town of Banff, or enquire at the Parks Canada Information Centre on Banff Ave for more suggestions. Cascade Falls and Silverton Falls are great options, trail condition-permitting.

Ice Magic Festival at Lake Louise, Banff National Park.
Photo by Kelly MacDonald.

If you happen to visit during January, be sure to visit the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You may get the chance to see the artists at work, and their creations will remain well after the competition has ended. Plus, ice sculptures can be found at several locations throughout Banff National Park as well.

Ice Climbing

For a truly unique winter experience, why not give ice climbing a go? Climbing a frozen waterfall is one bucket list item you may have never thought of. Rockies Ice and Alpine Specialists offers beginner ice climbing courses throughout the winter, as well as private sessions.

Winter ice climbing at Johnson Canyon, Banff National Park.
Photo by Noel Hendrickson.

 Where to get your gear:

Banff Adventures can sort you out with most ice gear you need – snowshoes, skates, ice cleats, you name it! Flash your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket at Banff Adventures to enjoy 15% off – another lift ticket pass perk to take advantage of!

 Need more ideas on how to explore?

SkiBig3 Vacation Planners are ready to help you make the most of your winter ski vacation to Banff and Lake Louise. From Ski & Stay Packages, Lift Tickets, and additional ice-adventures, we’re here to help.  Book your trip today or call 1-844-754-2443.

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  • Pet

    Brilliant ideas, thanks for sharing. Great post dear, I agree and pretty much do all of the above ideas.

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