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Top 5 Off-Ice Activities in Banff this Season

By Graydon Crowley, 09/18/23, 2:45PM EDT


An incredible hockey tournament awaits your team in Banff, but that's not all this world class mountain town has to offer.

Are you planning a winter trip to Banff with your hockey team? Banff National Park is not only known for its stunning natural beauty but also for its diverse range of winter activities. Whether you're looking to bond with your teammates, enjoy some downtime, or hone your hockey skills off the ice, Banff has something for everyone. Here are the top 5 activities to make your winter trip unforgettable:

  1. Outdoor Skating at Lake Louise: Embrace the true Canadian winter experience by lacing up your skates and hitting the ice at Lake Louise. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Lake Louise transforms into a magical outdoor skating rink during the winter months. Glide across the smooth, frozen surface with your teammates, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Don't forget to snap some memorable group photos against this picturesque backdrop.

  2. Bowling: Head to High Rollers located right on Banff Avenue with your teams for some great food, killer tunes and incredible fun with your team. What a great way to kick back with your teammates and compete in something other than hockey.

  3. Visit the Banff Sports Hall of Fame: Immerse yourselves in the rich history of Canadian sports by visiting the Banff Sports Hall of Fame. This interactive museum showcases the achievements of athletes who have made significant contributions to the world of sports. It's an inspiring experience that can motivate your young hockey players and teach them about the importance of dedication and hard work.

  4. Dog Sledding Adventure: Give your team a break from the rink and take them on an exhilarating dog sledding adventure. Traverse the snowy trails with a team of enthusiastic sled dogs and experienced guides. It's a unique way to explore Banff's winter wonderland while bonding with teammates and enjoying the thrill of the ride.

  5. Ice Fishing on Lake Minnewanka: For a more relaxed and scenic activity, consider ice fishing on Lake Minnewanka. Bundle up and learn the art of ice fishing from local experts. Your young athletes can have a great time trying to catch fish beneath the frozen surface while enjoying the tranquility of Banff's winter landscape. It's a fantastic opportunity for team bonding and making memories together.

Remember to plan your trip well in advance, book any necessary reservations or activities, and ensure your team stays safe and warm during their Banff winter adventure. With these top 5 activities, your hockey team is sure to have an unforgettable winter experience in Banff. Enjoy the ice, the mountains, and the camaraderie as you create lasting memories in this Canadian winter wonderland.