Is there such a thing as too much snow?
There is today. The runs at the ski hills are probably amazing, but getting there is a bit of a challenge. With a 7-car wreck on the highway already, people are struggling to get around in Banff National Park. So if you’re in town on a magically-wintery (though dangerous to be driving) day, what can you do?
1. Go visit the latest exhibit at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. This is your gateway to all things art, culture and history in Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Check out their latest exhibits and permanent displays. You’re sure to learn a thing or two about the area.
2. Head over to the new Banff Recreation Centre during public skating hours and spend some time on the indoor rink. Check this schedule for public skating hours (they also have their drop-in Shinny schedule posted (full equipment required).
3. Grab a Mexican Hot Chocolate at the Wild Flour Artisan Bakery Cafe. The mix of sweet and spicy will warm you up to the core. Check out some of Banff’s other coffee shops (see my guide here) for places to stay warm.
4. Go see a movie at the Lux Cinema. A lot of people don’t know that Banff has its very own cinema! Check out movie listings here, walk on over and enjoy a flick.
5. Get some exercise indoors. Go to a yoga class at Rocky Mountain Yoga (there are 2-3 classes available for drop-in each day) or get your sweat on at the Sally Borden Building (SBB) at The Banff Centre. The SBB has a climbing gym, pool, hot tub, weight room, indoor track, gymnasium, and drop-in classes available for a very reasonable!
You might have to trudge through snow to get there or take the local ROAM buses, but sometimes staying off the roads is worth it. Besides, there’s tons to do in Banff National Park.
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© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.