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Cave and Basin Events


SNOWDAYS 2015 (Jan. 10-Feb 8, 2015)

If the Snowshoe Fits, Eat Chocolate
Saturday, January 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Sundance Trail
Adults $11.20, Seniors $10.70, Youth $9.20 Children under 6 free

Fresh air and chocolate are a match made in heaven! Get to know the classic sport of snowshoeing along Banff’s frozen Bow River. Afterwards, cosy up fireside to enjoy some well-deserved chocolate chili, HERITAGE ™ hot chocolate, and Rocky Mountain storytelling. Presented in Partnership with MEC. Showshoes and poles included. Advance registration recommended: 403-762-1534 or the light of the moon - A FREE guided evening walk for ALL
Saturdays, January 17, 24, and 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Bundle up the family and venture with Parks Canada into the silent, star-strewn wilderness just beyond the streetlights. Group size limited to 12 participants. Register at the Banff Visitor Centre by noon the day of the walk. Come dressed warmly from head to toe.

Winter Survivors
Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lake Louise gets a lot of snow! Imagine if you were a part of nature. How would you find food when the snow gets deep? How would you keep warm with the cold wind blowing through your branches? Find the Parks Canada Interpreter on the grounds of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and discover how nature copes with extreme winter conditions.

Learn-to Ice Skate
Saturday, January 24 and February 1st, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Banff Avenue skating rink

Gliding on an outdoor rink is one of the best ways to experience the serenity of the Rockies. Join a local Banff expert for this informal drop-in session as she shares basic skills on how to skate. Skate rentals and helmets are available within the townsite. Helmets are mandatory. Pre-registration is not required.

Wildlife Detectives
Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Location: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Be a wildlife track detective using the clues to match the wildlife with their track. Join a Parks Canada Interpreter for this indoor fun family activity at the Cozy Corner Kids Activity Centre during the Little Chipper Ice Magic Festival. Don't forget to ask for an Xplorers booklet full of fun activities to do on your own while in Banff National Park.

Learn-to Snowshoe
Saturdays and Sundays, January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 10 to 12 noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Lake Louise (At the Lake)
Adults (17-64): $18 Seniors (65+): $15 Children (6-16): $9
Level of difficulty: Easy

Are you interested in trying snowshoeing, but not sure where to start? Join an experienced Parks Canada Interpreter for a guided “Learn-to Snowshoe” program. Enjoy an introduction to the basics of the sport, and take an interpretive stroll around the newest snowshoe trail at Lake Louise. Call the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 403-522-3833 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday to register and for more information. Pre-registration required. Snowshoes and poles included.

Geocaching, a great way to explore the park
Daily until March 31
Awaken the treasure seeker inside you by finding hidden geocaches in Banff National Park.
Enter these coordinates into your GPS or smart phone GPS app. For more information on geocaching in national park.

Wildlife Survival Strategies N51°25.181 W116°13.260

The Snow Forest N51°25.158 W116°13.038

A Giant in the Forest N51° 11.292 W 115°31.098

A Long Journey N51° 11.027 W 115°35.312

Where is the Tunnel? N51° 10.562 W 115°33.660

Get Out n’ About on Snowshoes or Skis
Are you ready to play outside this year? With over 44 trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or a magical winter walk, Banff National Park has a trail for you. Whether you are trying an activity for the first time or you are an expert, beauty and magic await this winter. Download your Winter Trails brochure