Seven Things to do in the Rockies this Spring Season

Oh, springtime in the Rockies. Just the word makes you want to jump up out of your chair and run to the nearest trail to gleefully hike the day away, right? Or grab your skis and spend the day skiing your heart out, wearing only sunglasses and a t-shirt. Ahhhh….spring – the most hopeful, optimistic time of year, when anything seems possible, and you can experience the best of all four seasons (sometimes in a single day).


Spring in the Rockies is like that. A time when you can sit outside for après ski with a cold beer or hot specialty coffee; when you can warm up with a cozy soup or a stay cool with a crisp fresh salad – It’s the best of both worlds!


Like all seasons, the options for things to do in the Rockies in the Spring are almost endless. But we had to narrow it down, so here goes:


  1. Spring skiing at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise or Norquay – Long after many ski resorts have packed up, Banff and Lake Louise ski resorts are still going strong. You can ski right up until the middle of May, and when you’re out there, working up a sweat and getting a tan while the sun beats down on you, surrounded by those majestic mountains, it will feel like spring skiing paradise. Knowing that you can cool off with a refreshing bevvie at apres ski feels pretty good too.


Photo Credit: Paul Zizka, Banff Lake Louise Tourism 

  1. Soaking in the Banff Hot Springs is a great way to unwind after a day on the slopes, or exploring the great outdoors. Spring is an excellent time to visit-the air is cool enough to make soaking in those hot springs feel extra soothing, but not so cold that you need to make a run for it when entering or exiting the water! Take some time to really soak in all those therapeutic minerals, and gaze upon the beauty of the mountains surrounding you.


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  1. Banff Centre Children’s Festival should be on every parent’s ‘must-do’ list this spring. Happening Saturday May 21, the festival features performances suitable for children of all ages, at very affordable prices. Plus there are all kinds of free activities like circus school, a family dance, face painting and more. All taking place out in the beautiful Rockies.

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  1. Take a wild walk on the Glacier Skywalk-just an hour and a half drive from Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, you can experience the thrill of walking along a cliff-edged walkway, where nothing but glass stands between you and an almost 1000 foot freefall into the wilderness below! Be prepared to be amazed by the breathtaking views of glaciers, forests and wildlife all around you. The Glacier Skywalk opens for the spring/summer season April 15, and is a once in a lifetime experience.

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  1. Spend a day visiting Banff’s local museums and galleries – Banff has a few truly special venues showcasing local, national and international art. The Whyte Museum has a variety of events happening this spring, and some outstanding collections being featured, including Calgary artistsChris Flodberg: In Review, 1990 to 2014 and David Foxcroft – A Timely Survey. Children under 12 are free, and adult admission is only $10 per person. Canada House Gallery and Willock & Sax are both exceptional galleries offering a wide range of paintings, sculpture and other art forms. Whether you are interested in purchasing a piece as a souvenir of your stay, or just want to browse, these are wonderful places to spend some time on a lovely spring day in the Rockies.



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  1. Register for a lantern tour at Cave and Basin in Banff- starting in May, this unique tour brings together a small group of visitors with an informative Parks Canada guide, who leads the way into the unlit tunnel and shadowy cave, with only a lantern to light the way. All of your senses will be on high alert, the sound of dripping water seems louder, the smell of the minerals more pungent, the water hotter. This is a truly enlightening experience for your senses.


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Hike one of Banff or Lake Louise’s springtime-friendly hikes. Some hikes are particularly appealing in the spring, when the higher trails may still be snow covered. 

Here are a few great choices, which are particularly kid-friendly as well:

  • Stewart Canyon, Lake Minnewanka, Banff – 3 km round-trip, and a path that often loses snow early. Chariot friendly, and mostly flat.
  • Johnston Canyon, Banff – This area is crazy busy in the summer, so springtime is the perfect time to do this hike, as it’s much calmer. Hike to the lower and upper falls, and it’s a 5km round-trip outing. Bring ice cleats if you go in the early spring, as it may be icy.
  • Johnson Lake, Lake Minnewanka Loop, Banff – this loop is 3km, and kept in great condition. Nice easy, flat hike that loses snow early in the spring.


When you get back to the lodge after spending the day exploring springtime in the Rockies, make a reservation for a delicious and well-earned meal at one of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ restaurants – Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Mount Fairview Dining Room at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, or Mount Burgess Dining Room at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park.

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The restaurants are renowned for our signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine with each restaurant featuring bison and elk raised on our own game ranch, Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch.

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Whatever you decide to do, springtime in the Rockies is absolutely mesmerizing. The wildlife is out enjoying the sunny days too, there are fewer people at the attractions since it isn’t quite the busy summer season yet, and you can still get cozy in front of the wood burning fireplace in your room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Emerald Lake Lodge. It’s also a great season for soaking in the outdoor hot tub at Deer Lodge, Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Emerald Lake Lodge.


Check out Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ special packages on offer now at all three lodges, and make your stay last a weekend-or more

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Photo credits: Travel Alberta Paul Zizka, Banff Lake Louise Tourism