Activities and Recreation Videos

This is your home for all safe physical and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find out more about local online classes, library services, resources for families, activities to do outside and more.

Things to Do Outside


Outdoor Ice Skating

Heading out to our beautiful National Park lakes for an ice skate?  Before you go, make sure you know how to check that the surface conditions are safe for you and your family.  For more information, visit: https://www.lifesaving.org/public/download/documents/55506

Frozen surfaces over moving water such as the Bow River and residential storm ponds are not considered safe places to skate.  For more information visit: https://www.epcor.com/products-services/drainage/stormwater/Pages/default.aspx.

There are managed rinks around town:

The Fenlands Recreation Centre Meadow Rink is available for Bow Valley residents only.

  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (limited washroom services)
  • Registration is required via www.banff.ca/register for Saturday and Sunday sessions.
  • Maximum of 20 skaters

The Banff Avenue Rink at the High School Field. For more information and to register visit: https://banff.ca/banffrink

  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
  • Registration is required
  • Maximum of 40 skaters

The Bear Street Rink is open starting January 8.

  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
  • Registration is required
  • Maximum of 20 skaters
  • No hockey sticks or pucks allowed

Cross-country Skiing

Want to try your hand at cross-country skiing?  Here are some great places to visit in our own backyard:

Other outdoor options:

Local Gear Rental Options

Company NameIce SkatesX-Country PackageSnowshoesFat Bikes

Ultimate Banff

$12

$20

$17

N/A
Ski big 3 Adventure hubN/AN/A$16N/A
Snowtips-BacktraxFrom $15From $20From $15

From 2 hour/$32 Day/$60


Banff Adventure$15 Locals get 20% off $20 Locals get 20% off$15 Locals get 20% offN/A


Looking to Purchase Used Gear:

Below is a list of local and regional websites for used outdoor gear.

https://www.gearupsport.com/ (Canmore)

https://switchinggear.ca/ (Canmore)

https://www.flamessportsbank.ca/ - free gear for families in need (Calgary)

https://www.mec.ca/en/explore/gearswap - MEC Gear Swap

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1332785430097239 - Facebook used gear exchange 

Mountain Adventure Programs

The Town of Banff is pleased to offer a variety of outdoor safety and introductory mountain adventure courses through the BanffLIFE (Ages 18-30) and MountainLIFE (Ages 31+) Mountain Adventure programs. These courses are being offered at a significantly reduced rate thanks to the generous funding from the Wim and Nancy PAUW Foundation. Courses take place within beautiful Banff National Park and are open to Banff residents and are led by a certified ACMG guide. 

BanffLIFE:

               Introduction to Ice Climbing (includes most equipment and transportation)

                Cost: $30

                Dates:  January 13th, February 3rd or March 22nd

                         Avalanche Safety Level 1 (includes course materials and transportation)

                Cost: $35

                Dates: January 12th - 13th, January 18th - 19th or February 3rd - 4th 

                Avalanche Safety Level 2 (includes course materials and transportation)

                Cost: $50

                Dates: March 4th – 7th 

MountainLIFE:

                Introduction to Ice Climbing (includes most equipment)

                Cost: $35

                Dates: January 9th, January 23rd, February 13th or March 27th

For a detailed description of the courses noted above, visit Banff.ca/mountainlife or Banff.ca/banfflife. To registerplease e-mail community.services@banff.ca (note: proof of residency is required).

Town of Banff Online Programs

The Town of Banff is please to offer many FREE online fitness classes for Banff residents. To register for an online class visit www.banff.ca/register. You do not have to attend all classes in the series that you register for. You will be e-mailed a ZOOM link prior to the class starting (to the e-mail attached your Banff.ca/register account. If you have any questions regarding ZOOM or classes please call 403.762.7689.

For more information on sessions for those aged 16+ visit www.banff.ca/1024/Free-Sport-Recreation-Sessions

Online Story Times:

Below are a few links to story time’s that were made outdoor in our local backyard. 

https://vimeo.com/403806166 - The Very Nosy Bear

https://vimeo.com/403829893 - The Dot

https://vimeo.com/403795182 - How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends

https://vimeo.com/403816525 - Snowmen at Night

Other Online Programs

Primary Care Network upcoming free classes and workshops:

Register at bowvalleypcn.ca

  • January 21 - Introduction to the World on Online Fitness
  • January 27 - Anxiety to Calm - develop skills to reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • February 1 - Heart-Full Nutrition - learn how to manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure

Banff Theater Collective Puppet Show 

https://youtu.be/8UHH2o49r7A

Family Resource Network

Until our reopening, the Bow Valley Family Resource Network has a number of online program offerings available for families.  To learn more visit: https://canmore.ca/residents/family-community-services/parental-support/courses-workshops.  

Banff Public Library

Banff Public Library is pleased to offer pick-up and home delivery services to patrons within the town of Banff. 

Visit https://www.banfflibrary.ab.ca/ for more details.

Senior's Yoga

Pre-recorded and live yoga classes designed specifically for seniors. https://sacredelders.com

Free Community Meditation & Breath

Come together every Tuesday morning to meditate and breathe.

Offered by The Practice Tuesdays 8 – 8:30 a.m.

zoom.us/j/2985779039
 Passcode 538904

https://www.banffyogapractice.com/

Fenlands Outdoor Ice Rink

Fenlands Ice Rink