Activities at The Fairmont Banff Springs
Visit our Concierge team for the top Banff winter things to do.
Advance reservations, prior to arriving at the hotel, are recommended for any activity listed. Prices and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Banff Springs Kids' Club
The Banff Springs Kids' Club, the hotel’s activity hub for kids, will be the star attraction for our young guests. The Kid’s Club offers supervised activities with enthusiastic camp leaders. Every day is a new adventure! The Banff Springs Kids Club is available from May 17th - September 2, 2013.
Whether you're a seasoned bowler or you are looking for a different way to have some fun, we offer everything you need to have a great time on-site:
- Canadian 5 Pin Bowling
- Four lanes
- Neon Blacklight Bowling
- ProScore Plus automatic computer scoring
- Group functions
- Christmas and Birthday parties
- Fun Bowls (fun competitions)
- Youth bowling programs (ages 3 years to 18 years)
- Adult league bowling
- Meeting area
- Licensed lounge
- Music and light snacks
- Games room
|Monday to Thursday||3:00pm to 10:00pm||12:00pm to 12:00am|
|Friday and Saturday||1:00pm to 11:00pm||9:30am to 12:00am|
|Sunday||1:00pm to 7:00pm||1:00pm to 10:00pm|
Find out more at banffbowling.ca, call The Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling Center & Striker Lounge at (403) 762-6892 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banff Springs Gondola
One of the best views in Banff. Just a 5-minute drive from The Fairmont Banff Springs. Hours vary throughout the year. See the concierge for details. No reservations required.
Lake Louise Gondola
Approximately one hour west of Banff you'll find spectacular views of the Bow Valley from atop Lake Louise ski hill. Take breaks during the scenic drive to stroll through Johnston Canyon and enjoy magnificent views of Castle Mountain. Once at Lake Louise, a gondola ride will take you to Whitehorn Lodge, where you'll be treated to a view of the stunning mountains and vistas. There is also excellent accessibility to numerous hiking trails from the Lodge. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring warm clothing in case of weather changes. Long pants are recommended for hiking.
There's plenty of fun for the family at our four-lane, five-pin Bowling Center. For a unique bowling experience, try Neon Blacklight Bowling, offered on Friday and Saturday nights. evenings. Refreshments and shoes are available. Reservations are recommended.
11th Frame Games Café
- Located in the Bowling Center
- Open daily
- Video games, pool table, internet access and snack foods
A selection of board games is available at the Concierge Desk: Take them back to your room or find a cozy place in the hotel to set up.
Enjoy the the thrill of the ultimate way to see The Canadian Rockies. Flights, heli hiking and heli snowshoeing (seasonal) all are offered.
Sunshine Meadows Shuttle and Nature Walk Get back to nature! A shuttle transfer departs at 8:45 a.m. from The Fairmont Banff Springs with a choice of two return times: 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Transportation awaits at the Sunshine Village parking lot to take you up the ski access road to Sunshine Meadows. Once there you'll enjoy an interpretive hike on an extensive and gorgeous trail system. (You may also drive your own vehicle to the Sunshine Village parking area, 20 minutes west of Banff.) Contact the Concierge for reservations. Proper hiking footwear is recommended. Please bring a jacket in case of weather changes
For the ultimate Western experience, try a trail ride on horseback, while enjoying our Rocky Mountain scenery. Choose from a one hour or a three hour ride, located right beside the Hotel at the Spray River Corral. For more information contact Holiday on Horseback.
If you fancy mountain biking, Banff has many exciting trails to keep your wheels spinning. Route recommendations for Banff National Park and other areas are also available at the Concierge Desk.
Fun for all ages! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, age 18 or older. Please note: This facility is unsupervised. There is no charge for hotel guests. Hours are 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily. Swimwear is available for purchase at the Banff Springs Ski & Mountain Sports store, located in the Conference Centre.
- Towel service
- Locker room
- Indoor whirlpool
- 105-ft (32 m) indoor pool
- 65-ft (20 m) outdoor pool (open all year)
- Children's wading pool
Summer Coach Tours
Summer Coach Tours are available to a variety of scenic destinations such as Discover Banff & Wildlife, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Columbia Icefields and Jasper.
Itinerary details, schedules and reservations are available by emailing the Concierge Desk or by calling 403 762-6301.
Discover the perfect match to your game. Five supreme turf courts are available at The Fairmont Banff Springs or learn the game from the tennis pro. Equipment is available for use. Reservations can be made on the hour, throughout the day. The tennis courts are open from mid-May until early October. Tennis apparel is preferred along with light-colored soled tennis shoes.
Paddle along the Bow River, Forty Mile Creek or Vermilion Lakes and discover the peace and beauty of Banff National Park. The canoe/kayak rental office is located in the town of Banff, at the corner of Wolf Street and Bow Avenue. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Canoeing/Kayaking is available from mid-May until the end of September. A windbreaker is recommended due to weather changes.
Canoeing at Lake Louise Paddle on the emerald waters of Lake Louise and enjoy the spectacular view of Victoria Glacier. Canoe rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and the canoe dock is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Lake Louise is located 45 minutes west of Banff. In case of a weather change, a windbreaker is recommended.
Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise to Devil's Gap
The Devil's Gap Cruise originates from the Lake Minnewanka boat dock, a scenic 15 minute drive from the hotel. This interpretive cruise departs several times daily and travels beneath Mt. Aylmer and Mt. Ingilsmaldie to Devil's Gap. All boats are glass enclosed and heated in inclement weather. Washroom facilities and a food concession are available on-shore. The cruise is approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact the Concierge for a schedule of cruise times.
Lake Minnewanka Boat Rentals
Spend an afternoon relaxing and having fun on Lake Minnewanka. These small 16-ft. aluminum boats-to-hire are self-driven and come complete with the necessary safety equipment. Boat rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. A windbreaker is recommended along with long pants. During the months of May, June and September, gloves are recommended for morning and evening sailing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Lake Minnewanka Guided Charter Fishing Trips
Enjoy a relaxing time fishing for trout at Lake Minnewanka. Guided fishing trips on the 22-ft. cabin cruiser are three hours and 30 minutes in duration and include all necessary equipment and licensed guides. A choice of 4.5 hour or 6.5 hour trips are available. A National Parks fishing permit is required and can be purchased for a nominal fee from the Lake Minnewanka Office on the boat dock. Contact the Concierge for reservations. A windbreaker and long pants are recommended. During the months of May, June and September, gloves are recommended for morning and evening trips.
River Float Trips
Rocky Mountain Raft Tours - Offering 1-hour or 3-hour River float trips. Travels on gentle class-2 rapids down Banff's Bow River. Life jackets are provided and swimming experience is not necessary. You are also welcome to bring along a camera and binoculars. Several departures are available throughout the day. Contact the Concierge for same-day sign-up. A windbreaker and an older pair of sneakers are recommended.
The ultimate whitewater experience starts with transportation from The Fairmont Banff Springs and a two hour drive through the Rocky Mountains to the Kicking Horse River in British Columbia. Enjoy the scenery as you float leisurely down the river, then stop for a barbecue lunch. Afterwards, the excitement level is raised - you're in for an invigorating and exhilarating ride. Wet suits, boots and life jackets are provided. Reservations are required, please book through the Concierge. This excursion lasts approximately 8.5 hours. Children must be a minimum of 90 lb. (41 kg) in order to participate. Available end of May until mid-September. Bring running shoes (which will get wet), a bathing suit to wear under your wet suit and a towel.
Canyon Ice Walks
Join an interpretative guide to get up close and personal with this mysterious frozen world. This excursion proceeds along the bottom of the canyon, past the Lower Falls and over suspended catwalks to the Twin Pools and Upper Falls. Contact the Concierge for reservations. Transportation and ice cleats are included. Winter attire including warm coat, boots, gloves and hat are necessary.
A team of huskies leads a picturesque trip on traditional dogsleds, a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Dogsledding companies are available in the area, and offer a variety of excursions including half-hour, half-day, full day, moonlight and even overnight. Blankets and transportation to and from the trailhead are provided.
Contact the Concierge desk for reservations. Winter attire including snow pants and heavy winter boots are necessary.
Ice fishing is offered December through April and is located on the beautiful Spray Lakes. Relax in heated huts on the ice, fish for lake trout and white fish, then cook your catch on-site. Fishing licenses are required and can be purchased through your guides and Banff Fishing Unlimited. Transportation is provided from the hotel. Contact the Concierge for reservations. Bring winter attire including a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat.
Learn to Ski
Our own certified instructors at Fairmont Snow School create a safe, fun and unforgettable learning experience for all levels of ability. Your day includes express transportation to and from the ski area of your choice, private guiding and instruction for up to 4 people, lift line priority and more. Contact the Concierge for reservations. Bring winter attire including a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat.
Packages are available through Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Refer to http://www.skibig3.com/ for more information
An outdoor skating experience is available adjacent to the Waldhaus at the Spray Meadow. Available from early December until the end of March (weather permitting.) Winter attire including a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat are recommended.
Dash through the snow in a horse-drawn carriage - a winter wonderland must! Enjoy a sleigh ride through fluffy, snow-packed pastures by the Bow River. Rides, departing from Warner Stables (a short drive from the hotel), operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. Contact the Concierge for reservations. Bring winter attire including a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat.
Race along Rocky Mountain trails in Golden, British Columbia, located 1.5 hour from The Fairmont Banff Springs. A three-hour tour includes lunch, and pickup and return to the hotel. Contact the Concierge desk for reservations. Must be age 16 or over with a driver's license to drive a snowmobile. Winter attire is necessary, snowsuit recommended.
Interpretive guides lead you through the Rockies in Canadian back-country fashion - on snowshoes. Discover how to follow the tracks of wolves and wolverines or learn how owls hunt and how wildlife adapts to the cold. Snowshoes are available for use on your own as well at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Contact the Concierge for reservations. Winter attire is necessary including a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat.
Cross Country Skiing
Breathe in the fresh outdoors on the “Spray Loop” or ask the Concierge for trail suggestions in the Banff area. Cross Country skiing provides a challenging and refreshing experience. Equipment is available from Banff Springs Ski and Mountain Sports located in our Conference Centre.
This winter, try out a classic winter game on our sheet of curling ice.