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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.

Summer Activities

Banff 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 resort. 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. Gondola open from May to October. 

Helicopter Tours
Enjoy the the thrill of the ultimate way to see The Canadian Rockies. Flights, heli hiking and heli snowshoeing (seasonal) all  are offered.

Hiking
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 (open during summer season).

Horseback Riding
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.

Mountain Biking
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.

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.

Tennis
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.

Banff Springs Bowling & Entertainment Center

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
  • HD Golf Simulator
  • NEW Pool Table
  • Group functions
  • Christmas and Birthday parties
  • Youth bowling programs (ages 3 years to 18 years)
  • Licensed lounge
  • Music and light snacks

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Summer Hours

Winter Hours
Sun to Thurs 3:00pm  to 10:00pm12:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri and Sat 1:00pm to 11:00pm10:00am to 12:00am
   

For information and reservations please call The Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling & Entertainment Center at (403) 762-6892 or send us an email.

Heritage Tour of the Castle

Join our Hotel Ambassador as he shares with you the rich history, grand architecture and the legend of Canada’s Castle in the Rockies. You will be treated to wonderful stories from the past 125 years, including tales of legendary guests who have shared memorable stays at the Castle. Tours are available at no cost to hotel guests only.
May 1 to October 1, 2014:  
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Meet in Heritage Hall

Pool Area

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.  

Includes:

  • 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 Water Sports

Canoeing/Kayaking
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.  

Whitewater Rafting
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. 

Games

Board Games 
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.

Free GPS Tour

GyPSy Guide
Enjoy a free tour as you drive from Calgary to Banff with a FREE Welcome App. Commentary plays AUTOMATICALLY as you drive. Tour has directions to The Fairmont Banff Springs and is filled with interesting stories, things to see and do and tips and advice. Requires no data to operate.
Click on the links below to download in the App Store or Google Play search "GyPSy Guide Banff".
App Store    
Google Play

Winter Activities

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.   

Dogsledding
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
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.

Skating
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.

Sleigh Rides
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.

Snowmobiling
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.

Snowshoeing
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.

Curling
This winter, try out a classic winter game on our sheet of curling ice.

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