Once the snow arrives, Canada transforms into a winter wonderland. One of the best spots to enjoy all the frozen sights is Banff. But don't just take our word for how fantastic this area of Alberta is. We've gathered up some photos of Banff in the winter to show you breathtaking it is.

When you think of Banff, the first thing that comes to mind might be their famous ski slopes. But when the below zero temperatures arrive, this charming spot offers plenty of fun activities to enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain town is full of festivals and fun. With places to check out ice castles, snow sculptures and other icy creations —you'll feel like you've stepped into a fantasy land of ice and snow.

Throughout the coldest months, you can also satisfy your need for adventure. For example, you can hike to frozen waterfalls, or up mountains to incredible lookout points.

Another top pick is visiting Alberta's largest tube park. Here you can race down the hill on slides made out of snow.

To help you plan your trip to Banff, here are 11 photographs of Banff that will inspire you to get outside this winter, no matter how cold:

Race Down Slides Made Out of Snow

Price: $37

Address: Mount Norquay's Tube Park, #2 Mt Norquay Rd., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is Alberta's largest tube and has eight slides where you can race your friends.


See Massive Snow Sculptures

Price: Free

When: Wednesday, January 15 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

Address: Multiple locations in Banff (Mount Norquay, Banff Sunshine Village & Banff High School), AB

Why You Need To Go: Talented sculptures will make colossal sculptures out of snow, and you'll be able to explore the art for free.


Relax at a Hot Spring

Price: $8.48

Address: 1 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: Within this hot spring you can enjoy picture-perfect views of the snowy mountains.


Discover Frozen Waterfalls

Price: Free to explore on your own, $79 for a guided tour

Address: Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a guided ice walk tour to see frozen waterfalls in a canyon.


Visit Fairy-tale Worthy Ice Castles

Price: Free Monday to Friday and weekends before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m. Otherwise $13.00 per person.

When: Wednesday, January 15 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

Address: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've entered a fantasy land as you see the castles made out of ice.


Hike to Stunning Lookouts

Price: $10.00 for a day pass

Address: Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Within Banff National Park there are winter hiking trails for all levels of hikers to enjoy. Some top picks include Tunnel Mountain and Hoodoos Viewpoint.


Enjoy Skating in a Winter Wonderland

Price: Free (included in $ 10.00-day pass), during Ice Magic there is an entry fee on weekends before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.

Address: Lake Louise, Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to enjoy the crisp air and mountain views as you glide across the ice.


Enjoy Snow-Covered Mountain Views

Price: $10.00 for a day pass

Address: Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is hard to beat the famous Banff views of mountains and lakes. One top spot to enjoy is at Moraine Lake.


Incredible Skiing and Snowboarding

Price: $104.00+

Address: 1 Sunshine Access Rd., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: Banff has three amazing ski resorts where you can enjoy the best views of the Canadian Rockies.


Ride a Gondola to the Top of a Mountain

Price: $53.00+

Address: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a relaxing gondola ride to the Sulphur Mountain summit where you can enjoy amazing lookout points.


See Sculptures Made Out of Ice

Price: $13.00 in the peak period. Free weekdays, or weekends before 10 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m

When: Wednesday, January 15 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

Address: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: For the 12-day Ice Magic festival, you can visit the breathtaking sculptures made entirely out of ice.


 

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