Banff, both the town and the surrounding national park in the Canadian province of Alberta, see more than four million visitors each year. Most of those visitors, though, never see snow on the facade of Cascade Mountain. Banff is better in the winter, in part because of the legendary slopes but also because it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful and quite tranquil to boot. You don’t have to be a skier to have a memorable trip to Banff in winter. There’s plenty to do, plenty to see, and more than enough mountain peaks to crane your neck at while aiming for the perfect photo. Here’s the breakdown, including where to rest your head afterward.
Editor’s note: Some restaurants and attractions may be closed or operating on reduced schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hit the museum and hot springs.
The Bow Valley has been home to the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Ktunaxa, Secwépemc, Dene, and Mountain Cree First Nations as well as the Métis, for thousands of years. Among the ways to honor the original inhabitants of the land you are on is to visit the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, which celebrates First Nations history in