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?” 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 super powers. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite activities to do around Canmore and Banff on a rainy day. Make the most of your vacation!

 Sightsee in Banff National Park Without Getting Wet

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

 Get Physical

 Culture & Heritage in Canmore & Banff

 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.

Stay Indoors

  • Play Hide & Seek
  • Bust out a Board Game … time to name the Family Trivial Pursuit Champion!

 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 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.

 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.