Lake Louise is known for its dramatic mountain ranges, vast lakes, and mesmerizing wildlife. If you are into exploring the outdoors, there really is no better place than the heart of Banff National Park. But where to start in Canada’s quintessential winter wonderland, when there are so many things to do? We get it. It can be daunting, so we’ve gone ahead and done the leg work for you, so you can save your legs for the good stuff – getting out there! Check out this winter’s list toppers…
1. Skate at the iconic Lake Louise –
This frozen paradise is absolutely breathtaking, set amongst the extreme Rockies, soaring skies, and the historical landmark Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Grab a pair of skates from the Chateau Ski & Snow and step outside the door to practice your moves. A game of shinny in the heart of Banff National Park? It doesn’t get any more Canadian than that.
2. Ski the Rockies –
There is truly something for every skier and rider here in this winter playground. If you’re in a sampling kind of mood, the 3 mega-resorts, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mt Norquay, and Sunshine, offer a shared pass so you can explore the best skiing in the area. For those looking for a bucket-list topper, grab your buddies and head out for Heli-Skiing with CMH Heli.
3. Wander through ice sculptures –
The best of the best come to Lake Louise in January to sculpt magical creations from blocks of ice at the Ice Magic Festival. Seeing the sculptures being carved in action is as fascinating as it is remarkable. But did you know that the masterpieces stay long after the event, making it possible to see them up close on your own time? Typically they are on display until the temperature starts changing in late Feb. We recommend meeting these beauties on the terraces around the Chateau and then warming up at the Ice Bar.
4. Ice Climbing –
Ice Climbing is a fun and active sport that offers a unique way of connecting with the beauty of Banff National Park. For experienced climbers, the park boasts some of the world’s most renowned multi-pitch routes, but for those curious in trying it for the first time, not to worry – skilled guides are here to help you through beginner crags and climbing areas at your own speed. Trust us, you’ll want to try your hand at this. Get inspired and learn more about Ice Climbing.
5. Recharge at a Wellness Retreat –
Restore mindfulness and reinvigorate your practice with fellow yogis at one of the many specialized retreats this spring. The Chateau offers a handful of 2-5 day retreats that include yoga, accommodations, and mindful meals from February 9th – April 22nd, and they have a range of sessions that will suit every need from Yin and Nidra restoration to getting your Vinyasa flow on. There’s something for every yogi at heart – all levels are welcome.