5 Winter Activities in the Rockies for Wellness Seekers

Taking care of ourselves during the winter months can be really hard. With work and extracurriculars, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. With everything moving so quickly, it’s important to take a deep breath and look after number one (OURSELVES!), and what better way to do that than with a blissful escape in the Rocky Mountains?

In honour of you and your busy schedule, we have put together some of the best activities in the Rockies that will inspire you to unplug, relax and show yourself some self-love. After all, loving yourself is not vanity, it is sanity.  You’ll return to the daily grid from your wellness getaway feeling relaxed, open-minded and ready to tackle real life again!

1. Get Back to Nature

There is no doubt that moving our bodies is good not only for our muscles and heart but also for our mind and spirit too. Skip the gym and swap the treadmills for some heart-pumping action right outside your doorstep.

Walking & Snowshoeing


Photo credit: Lori Andrews

There’s something delightfully simple and fulfilling about just going for a walk or brisk snowshoe. It doesn’t have to be far or strenuous, but simply wandering and being aware of your surroundings can foster a sense of peacefulness and presence. There are lots of beautiful places to walk around all our properties. Some of our favourites are Emerald Lake LoopVermilion Lakes, the Lake Louise Loop, and, if you don’t mind some hills, try Tunnel Mountain in Banff.

Cross Country Skiing


Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson

Snow is lit up by the sun, creating a sparkling path before you as you glide silently alongside trees covered in fresh powder. Rounding a bend, the forest opens up to a breathtaking view of a frozen lake and snow-covered peaks. Cross-country skiing offers a special combination of pure, serene wilderness, and energizing outdoor discovery which makes it a popular winter pass-time for wellness seekers wanting to explore the area.

Easy and relaxing trails for beginners include:

Trails in the Banff Area
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court in Banff or venture through a dense forest to the Brewster Creek Junction.

Trails in the Lake Louise
Ski across a frozen Lake Louise or climb steadily up the picturesque Moraine Lake Road.

Trails around Emerald Lake
Explore Emerald Lake by skiing across its frozen surface, stop and admire the stillness of the winter scene from the centre of the lake.

Skating


Photo credit: Christopher Amat

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings by gliding along the frozen ground beneath you – a popular Canadian pastime in the crisp mountain air. Then take a break and warm up with hot cocoa beside a bonfire before heading back out on the ice for more. There are plenty of options for ice-skating in Banff & Yoho National Parks that will humble your thoughts while increasing your stamina.

Downhill Skiing


Photo credit: Reuben Krabbe

The Canadian Rockies are dotted with outstanding ski resorts, but your location really plays an important role in where you will want to ride the slopes. Whether you’re staying at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff or Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, B.C., you’ll feel like you are one with the mountains after skiing on their terrain. Downhill ski resorts near each of our lodges include: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village, Mt. Norquay and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Check out our blog that will take you through tips and tricks for the Ultimate Skiers Escape in the Canadian Rockies.

Be sure to check out our blog for tips & tricks for the Ultimate Skiers Escape in the Canadian Rockies!

2. Yoga

Practicing yoga can help you find your inner balance and strength. Whether it’s a vinyasa flow you’re looking for or Shavasana, yoga’s focus on movement connected with breath will enhance mindfulness and awareness of the present. If you’re interested in a class, take a look at the offerings at Rocky Mountain YogaLululemon or Sally Borden Fitness and Recreational Centre.

Wanting to become closer to the surrounding mountainscape? Try Mountain Top Yoga with Lululemon on February 25 and March 25 at the summit of the Banff Gondola. Only $62 per person including yoga mat rental and Banff Gondola admission.

3. Sound & Forrest Bathing

Why not take this opportunity to try something different? There are several alternative healing and wellness practices that you could try near our mountain properties – including sound bathing with crystal bowls and forest bathing.

Sound Bath

For a truly special therapeutic and reflective experience, try a sound bath. You’ll achieve ultimate Zen alongside an array of beautiful crystal bowls that have been specifically selected to surround you with their powerful healing tones. Tune your chakras and relax your mind. Amaryllis Crystal Gardens offers sound bathing ceremonies.

Forest Bathing


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Adopted from the historical Japanese practice comes forest bathing or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku literally means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.

There are many areas by all three of our lodges that allow for you to become one with nature. The forests on Tunnel Mountain and strolling around Lake Louise or Emerald Lake are great spots to segway into Forest bathing – or drive take a drive and find your own special spot.

4. Culinary Wellness

A wellness retreat into the Canadian Rockies is a great opportunity to make responsible food choices that will help nourish your body and mind. Healthy, natural, ethically and locally-sourced food is a part of everyday life – it just feels right when you are spending your days amongst such natural beauty.


Photo credit: Erik McRitchie

All three of our lodges make seasonal menu changes to ensure that they feature the finest in regional and seasonal ingredients. CRMR also operates a game ranch appropriately named Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch, which provides our restaurants with high-quality Elk and Bison, raised in a natural, humane and sustainable manner without hormones or antibiotics. For those with dietary restrictions, simply speak with your waiter or waitress who will ensure that you receive a meal that exceeds your expectations.

5. Unwind in our Hot Tubs & Saunas


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After a long drive through the mountains, your only plan should be unwinding and soaking in any one of our properties’ outdoor hot tubs. Embrace in the ultimate relaxation moment as you step into our state-of-the-art steel hot tub, take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air and say “Ahhhh”. At each of our properties, you can bask in the idyllic mountain views as snow quietly falls around you, creating an instant retreat into relaxation. Before heading back to your room, take a seat in our sauna and sweat out any bad toxins that may remain after a long holiday season.


Photo credit: Christopher Amat

Once the sun goes down, retreat back to your guest room for the ultimate relaxation moments. Stoke the fire in your guest room at Emerald Lake Lodge and Buffalo Mountain Lodge or crack open a book while nestled under a soft down duvet at Deer Lodge. If you’re not quite ready to call it in, order a hot cocktail or tea and enjoy some quiet moments in front of the grand fireplaces in each of the sitting rooms at Emerald Lake Lodge, Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Deer Lodge.

If you’re well on your way to dreaming about a relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle, we welcome you to learn more about our packages across all three lodges that run all winter long.