Rainy Day Guide – Canmore & Banff

Ever wonder what to do on a rainy day in Canmore and Banff? Make the most of your vacation with our rainy day guide!

One of the more common questions we hear from our guests is, “What is there to do around Canmore and Banff on a rainy day?” While we wish we could control the weather to ensure you all have beautiful sunny weather for every day of your vacation there are some limits to our superpowers, so we’ve created this ‘Rainy Day Guide’ to Canmore & Banff!

Below is a list of our favourite activities to do around Canmore and Banff on a rainy day. Please note, all information is subject to change. Restriction and closures may be in effect due to COVID. If you’re going for a drive, we suggest you check for road closures. Please call ahead or check online to confirm details about your destination before heading out.

 Sightsee in Banff National Park Without Getting Wet on a Rainy Day

  • Take a drive on the 1A: Visit Johnson Canyon and Temple Viewpoint
  • Enjoy the Banff Lake Cruise on Lake Minnewanka (boats are covered at heated)
  • Take a drive around Banff town: up to the Hoodoos Viewpoint, along Vermilion Lakes Road, or the Lake Minnewanka Loop


Canmore Cave Tours, Photo by Adam Walker

Get Physical on a Rainy Day

Whyte Museum, Banff


 Rainy Day Guide – Culture & Heritage in Canmore & Banff

 Rainy Day Guide – Canmore & Banff Community Experiences

Get Creative

  • Tap into your creative side with a pottery painting experience at Crock A Doodle. A favourite with locals of all ages!
  • Take a cooking class at The PaintBox Lodge in Canmore.

Bankhead, photo by m01229 on flickr

If You Don’t Mind Getting Wet…

  • Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs (you get wet anyway!)
  • Go fishing (the fish can’t hide in the rain!)
  • Go rafting (you get wet anyway!)
  • Visit Bow Falls (they won’t be hidden in fog)
  • Visit Lower Bankhead. There are still remains of the old town. (Minnewanka Loop)
  • If you’re not afraid of getting a little wet and muddy, don your wet weather gear and go for a hike.

There are also endless trails to choose from, a few of our favourites include:

  • The iconic Tunnel Mountain (locally referred to by its First Nations name, Sleeping Buffalo Mountain) in Banff.
  • Grassi Lakes by the Canmore Nordic Centre.
  • Heart Creek trail just east of Canmore by Dead Man’s Flats.

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