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20 Fun Things to do in Banff When it Rains

20 Fun Things to do in Banff When it Rains

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Banff is beautiful, there’s just no doubt about that. Many of the best things to do in Banff involve adventuring outside and taking is the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

That being said, chances are you will encounter a rainy day or two during your visit to Banff. The city gets around 160 days of rain per year, with June being the rainiest month.

So what are you supposed to do when the weather decides to rain on your parade?

You’re in luck, as there are still plenty of fun things to do in Banff when it rains! From checking out museums to hitting the breweries, here is a list of the 20 best things to do when it rains in Banff. These rainy day activities will ensure you still have a great time even when the weather isn’t ideal.

Things to do in Banff when it’s Raining

1. Banff Upper Hot Springs

The Banff Upper Hot Springs on a sunny day with the mountains in the background
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are one of my favorite things to do in Banff, Canada (even when it rains!)

The Banff Upper Hot Springs is the best place to relax and unwind after a huge day of adventuring in Banff National Park! And the best part is, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining since you’re going to be getting wet anyway!

Sitting in the hot springs is so relaxing. The warm natural mineral water is the perfect contrast on a rainy day.

Unfortunately, you won’t have the pool all to yourself, so don’t expect that. However, it’s still a relaxing way to spend an hour or two.

The upside to visiting the Banff Hot Springs in the rain is that they will be less busy. As one of the top attractions in Banff, the hot springs are almost always packed. But in the rain, this is less likely and you’ll probably have very few people around – a way better experience if you ask me!

Entrance to the hot pools is only $9.25 CAD and includes your locker – not a bad price for a Banff activity! Bring your own towel or rent one there for an extra fee.

Closures: The Banff Upper Hot Springs closes annually in mid to late October for cleaning for one week. Be sure the check their website for the exact dates each year.

2. Visit the Sally Borden Recreation Centre

indoor rock climbing in Banff
Indoor rock climbing is the perfect rainy-day activity in Banff! Photo Credit: Sally Borden Recreation Centre

Not quite sold about heading outside in the rain? No worries! You can also swim indoors or relax in the hot tub or steam room at the Sally Borden Recreation Centre in Banff.

Besides swimming, you’ll also find a fun climbing gym here. It is actually Banff’s only indoor climbing gym. Here, locals and tourists of all experience levels can test their skills climbing various rock walls. They also have auto-belays, so you can climb even if you don’t have a partner.

It costs $20 CAD per person to use the facility for a day, with discounted rates for various memberships.

3. Go bowling

the bowling lanes at High Rollers in Banff
This is one nice bowling alley! Photo Credit: High Rollers

Did you know there is bowling in Banff? Well, there is! And it is actually better than even your “normal” bowling alley since it also features a bar and pizza restaurant too.

High Rollers Banff is located right on Banff Ave and their motto is “Pins. Pints. Pizza.” I mean, what more could you really ask for? They have six bowling lanes, a huge bar offering 48 different craft beers on tap, 3 pool tables, and serve the biggest pizza slices you’ll find in Banff.

It should come as no surprise that this place gets busy – especially when it’s raining in Banff. In fact, the bowling lanes are almost always booked in advance, so be sure to book yours too.

Booking a lane costs about $50 CAD per hour for a group of up to 8 people. Bowling shoes are required and if you don’t have your own, you can rent them for $6 per person. Sometimes, especially during the week, they do have discounted prices on both bowling, food, and drinks.

4. Ride the Banff Gondola

Sulphur Mountain in winter in Banff
The stunning view from Sulphur Mountain!

At the top of Sulphur Mountain, you get arguably the most spectacular view of Banff town and the surrounding Mountains. Seriously, it’s a 360-degree view that gets better every time I go!

The easiest way to the top is to take the famous Banff Gondola. With it, you can give your legs a break and enjoy a 10-minute ride up the side of a mountain. The best part is that each gondola cart is enclosed, so you will be sheltered from the rain!

Once you get to the top, you can enjoy the views inside from the various viewing areas. There is also a restaurant, the Sky Bistro, where you can have a meal or drink with a view. Other things to do at the top of Sulphur Mountain include visiting the Banff Interpretive Centre, going to Above Banff Theatre (free with your gondola ticket), getting a coffee at Castle Mountain Coffee, or just growing the gift shop. All of these activities are indoors, so they’re the perfect things to do in Banff when it’s raining.

If you do dare to brave the weather, then head outside and explore the expansive boardwalk.

Keep in mind, that sometimes when it’s raining the view may be interrupted by clouds. But other times, you might even be above the clouds and experience little to no rain at all.

The Banff Gondola hours of operation change seasonally. You can check their updated hours here before you go.

Related read: One of my favorite times to head up Sulphur mountain is during fall in Banff.

5. Wander Banff Ave and shop til’ you drop

Walking around Banff in winter
Just start walking and let your nose and eyes lead the way!

While you will have to be outside briefly when bouncing around from store to store, you will be able to take cover in some amazing shops and restaurants dotted along Banff Ave.

I love walking Banff Ave and just exploring the many places to eat, drink, and shop – rain or shine!

One of my favorite stops is always COWS. Their ice cream is to die for! What better way to forget about the rain than by getting lost in a heavenly ice cream cone?

If you love souvenir shops then you’ll be in heaven on Banff Ave. There are so many that it’s hard to count. I myself even shop at them and love my “bear paw” shorts. I wear them everywhere. You can also buy cool mugs, shirts, and jewelry.

If you love a good soap (like me) then heady to Rocky Mountain Soap Company for the best soaps in the Rockies. Seriously, the smells in here will blow you away.

These are just a few places but there are tons more. Just walk Banff Ave and enjoy the atmosphere with a little retail therapy!

Related Read: Along Banff Ave you’ll find a few of the best cafes in Banff – stop in for a coffee!

5. Drive the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise

A view of the road with mountains in the background on the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park
A view of the road on the way to Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway.

Don’t let a rainy day in Banff get you down, jump in your car and go on a little road trip to Lake Louise! Lake Louise is located about an hour’s drive from Banff, so it is totally possible that it might not even be raining in Lake Louise when you get there. And if it is, well no worries, there are lots of things to do in Lake Louise in the rain too!

Along your road trip, I suggest you take a slight detour and drive the Bow Valley Parkway to get there. The Bow Valley Parkway is a highway that stretches between Banff and Lake Louise and is one of the most spectacular in Canada.  The 50-kilometer-long highway takes around 1 hour to drive without stopping but allowing half a day is recommended.

Some of the best places to check out on the Bow Valley Parkway include:

Castle Mountain Viewpoint – Castle Mountain is one of those mountains you simply can’t miss. At the roadside viewpoint, you get amazing views, however, those who want a closer look can hike 6.5 km (4 miles) out and back to the viewpoint.

Morant’s Curve – This is my favorite place to photograph on the Bow Valley Parkway. Morant’s Curve is a famous viewpoint (pictured above) in the Bow Valley where the train passes through the valley. It’s stunning and a must-visit!

Moose Meadows – Moose Meadows isn’t home to many moose these days but with spectacular views, it’s a nice place to stop.

Baker Creek Mountain Resort – Looking for a beautiful cabin getaway? The Baker Creek Mountain Resort is the perfect place to stay on the Bow Valley Parkway. Choose a romantic Jacuzzi Suite for couples or a one-bedroom loft for families!

Once you’ve arrived in Lake Louise, be ready to explore all of the fun things to do and see. Below, I’ve included some specific info on rainy-day activities that you’ll enjoy.

Note: There will be some closures to vehicle traffic on sections of the Bow Valley Parkway this year (2022). From May 1-June 30 and then again from Sept 1-Sept 30 vehicles will NOT be able to drive the 17km/11mi stretch of road from the TransCanada-Highway junction to Johnston Canyon, it will be restricted to cyclists’ use only. This is the eastern part of the road. You will still be able to access Johnston Canyon and the Bow Valley Parkway via the intersection near Castle Mountain Chalets.

6. Eat at the Train Station Restaurant in Lake Louise

Bailey and I about to eat at the Station Restaurant Lake Louise
The food is amazing!

One of the best restaurants in Lake Louise is the historic Station Restaurant in Lake Louise Village.

Daniel and I went here for lunch and were very impressed. Not only was the food very tasty and affordable, but the location was perfect! The restaurant is actually set in an old heritage train station. It is beautifully decorated and there are tons of pictures to look at and information to read.

On a cold rainy day, be sure to try their beef stew – it’s delicious!

Outside of the restaurant, there are old trains to look at as well as a river right next door with a bridge you can cross with beautiful views.

To me, it was a fun place to eat because it was about so much more than just the food!

7. Enjoy Moraine Lake

photo of the bright blue Lake Moraine
Moraine Lake is stunning!

Moraine Lake is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Canada. This stunning lake is only a short 10-minute drive from Lake Louise Village and well worth the trip. Moraine Lake is bright blue and its backdrop is the towering ten peaks – it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the most “Instagrammable” places to visit in Banff National Park.

You can just stop in and enjoy the view, or, you can check out some of the other things to do at Moraine Lake including hikes and kayaking (although these might not be the most fun in the rain.)

I do have to warn you, getting parking at Moraine Lake is a nightmare, so be prepared for this. However, on a rainy day, your chances of getting a parking spot will be much higher. So, grab a raincoat and brave a little wet weather to enjoy Moraine Lake when it isn’t going to be so busy!

Note: Moraine Lake Road closes every year from mid-October to the end of May due to avalanche risk, it’s definitely one of those activities you can only do in Banff in the summer months.

8. Go caving

group of people staring down a cavern in a narrow cave in Canmore, Alberta
This is one of the best adventure tours near Banff! Photo Credit: Canmore Cave Tours

Just on the outskirts of Canmore are a couple of caves that are really incredible to explore if you’re up for an adventure! 

Now I have to be honest, I haven’t actually done the Canmore Cave tour before, but I have been to these caves. When I was about 15 years old my Dad took me to explore Rats Nest Cave on our own. This was well before tours were popular here, and let me tell you, it was really cool! 

With a guide on a tour you don’t have to worry about getting lost or having all of the right safety equipment. And for those reasons, I recommend joining a guided tour these days.

Canmore Cave Tours offers a couple of different tours with different lengths of time and prices. This cave tour is a half-day experience, whereas this longer adventure cave tour takes a full-day and includes rappelling in the cave! 

9. Enjoy a meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

A lady stands in front fo the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
That is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise behind me!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is one of the best hotels in Banff National Park. This place looks like a castle and sits on the edge of Lake Louise.

Of course, staying at the Chateau Lake Louise isn’t in everyone’s budget, but you can still enjoy a nice meal at the hotel restaurant on the lake! Head indoors to escape the rain in this beautiful dining room and enjoy a world-class meal with a world-class view!

10. Get tipsy at Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar

Bailey drinks a cocktail Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar
The cocktails are delicious!

Park Distillery is Banff’s very own craft distillery. Home to some of the best pub food and cocktails in Banff, it’s a crowd favorite and I love enjoying a meal and drinks here. It’s a great way to drown out your sorrows when it’s raining in Banff.

The distillery is located on Banff Ave and they have a small sales counter as well as a restaurant. I love the chicken sandwich and seared BC salmon! For cocktails be sure to try a few but my favorites are the Sawback and the Summit.

You won’t be disappointed with the cocktails and food at Park Distillery.

11. Learn history and culture at Buffalo Nations Museum

A lady poses for a photo with a display at the Buffalo Nations Museum, Banff
You’ll learn so much at the Buffalo Nations Museum!

Although I’m not much of a museum lover, I decided to check out the Buffalo Nations Museum because I really wanted to learn more about indigenous Canadians.

The Buffalo Nations Museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the first nations people who were the first to call the Banff area home. In the museum, there is lots to see and the displays are very visual which I loved. You’ll learn all about the life, history, and culture of the first nations people.

The museum costs $10 CAD per adult and I spent around an hour there. It is the perfect thing to do in Banff when it’s raining!

12. Drive the Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway in winter
The magnificent views on the Icefields Parkway!

The Icefields Parkway is one of the most breathtaking highways to drive on a regular day. In the rain? Well, it’s a great activity because you’ll be sheltered from the wet weather in the comfort of your own car!

This 230-kilometer stretch of highways runs between Lake Louise and Jasper passing through two national parks (Banff and Jasper.) Along the way, there are so many amazing places to stop that you could spend days exploring the Icefields Parkway. However, in just one day you can visit many of the best attractions along the Icefields Parkway and enjoy amazing views while you’re at it.

With that said, the most beautiful parts of the Icefields Parkway aren’t actually official stops at all. As you can see from the picture above, it’s the views from the road that make this drive so spectacular.

Related Read: If you’re driving the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, be sure to check out our blog about 30 of the different amazing things to do in Jasper!

13. Vermilion Lakes Scenic Drive

Vermilion Lakes, Banff
If you drive to the end of Vermilion Lakes the reflections are incredible!

Only a 5-minute drive from Banff town is the Vermilion Lakes Scenic Drive, another road-trip for a rainy day in Banff. This 4.3km-long (2.7-mile) stretch of road winds its way along the edges of a couple of very gorgeous and calm lakes. When they aren’t frozen, the lakes reflect the mountains behind them almost perfectly. Honestly, I think this would still be a sight to see even if it is raining!

If you want to see the most beautiful reflections head to the end of the road and wander around. This area is protected from the wind and the mountains here reflect off the water like a mirror!

Hot tip: Go at sunset and enjoy the show as the sky lights up in hues of pink and orange!

14. Hike through a canyon

The beautiful Johnston Canyon!
The beautiful Johnston Canyon!

The rain can sometimes put a damper on those magnificent mountain views that brought you to Banff. I know, it sucks when the clouds are so dense that you can’t even see the mountains all around you. That’s why a canyon hike is a great alternative!

From inside a canyon, there is no need to enjoy mountains in the distance, the beauty is all around you. In Banff, there are two extraordinary canyons that you explore (yes, even on a rainy day!)

The Grotto Canyon hike is 4.4 kilometers long (2.7-miles) and you’ll actually walk right through a canyon. In the winter, you’ll walk on the frozen river!

To begin the trail, drive out to the parking lot at Grotto Mountain Pond just past Canmore. From here, it takes around 1.5 hours each way if you allow time to explore the canyon and take some photos. It takes 30 minutes of walking until you reach the canyon and from here on out you’ll follow the river up the canyon to a waterfall and an Inukshuk Garden. Along the way, there are also indigenous pictographs (but you’ll need a keen eye to spot them!)

The other more popular canyon near Banff is Johnston Canyon. Here, you’ll walk along the edge of the canyon on boardwalks. There are two waterfalls along the trail, one located 1.7 km (1 mile) from the parking lot and one located 1 km (0.6 miles) further.

The downside to Johnston Canyon is that it can get very busy. So busy, in fact, that the massive parking lot often fills up meaning you must reach it using a shuttle bus!

If you don’t want to do that, be sure to get there early or book an organized tour. This way you get dropped off and picked up with your guide and get to learn all about the canyon on the walk too!

Johnston Canyon is located a 30-minute drive from Banff. Entrance to the canyon is free and so is parking – it’s one of the best free things to do in Banff!

Hot Tip: If you’re visiting Banff in winter, be sure to check out these canyons too, they freese and the icewlak in them in incredible!

15. Drink local craft beer

Drinking beer at Three Bears Brewery
Drinking beer with a friend at Three Bears Brewery!

There are two breweries in Banff town and three 20 minutes away in Canmore. The best part is that they all have indoor areas to sit down and relax with a beer sheltered from the rain!

The crowd favorite is Banff Ave Brewing which is located on Banff Ave. They have a good range of tasty beers on tap and the food is really good too. The newest brewery in Banff is Three Bears Brewery which is owned by Park Distillery (mentioned above.)

In Canmore, you are spoilt for choice with Canmore Brewing Co., The Grizzley Paw Brewery, and Blakes Brewhouse.

It’s safe to say a rainy day in Banff won’t go without great beer!

Related read: Visiting Calgary? One of the best winter activities in Calgary is to drink craft beer at one of the many breweries – there are more than 40 in the city!

16. Party the night away on Banff Ave

A lady drinks a beer at Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub
Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub!

Head out on Banff Ave and party the night away. Banff is without a doubt a lively place. With the majority of visitors on holiday, it’s no wonder so many want to let their hair down.

When it comes to partying, some crowd favorite places to start your night at are Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub and Banff Ave Brewing. Both offer a social atmosphere perfect for pre-drinks and this is likely where you’ll find most of the party crowd. Afterward, everyone heads to the Dancing Sasquatch to dance the night away.

17. Cave and Basin National Historic Site

The underground pool at the Cave and Basin historic site in Banff
The underground pool at the Cave and Basin historic site in Banff

Another great place to visit in Banff is Cave and Basin Historic Site. Here you can see some historic hot springs that are home to a rare species of snail.

Cave and Basin Historic Site was once a popular place to swim and soak up minerals from the water, but has since closed and remain a place of conservation. It is interesting to learn about the minerals produced in these natural springs as well as the history of Banff.

The museum is the main attraction in my eyes and it is very interactive and fun, especially for kids. You’ll find lots of information about Banff and the surrounding area. Lots of the museum is indoors too, so it’s the perfect activity in Banff when it rains.

Important info: Entry to the Cave and Basin Historic Site is only $8 CAD per person. Expect to spend a couple of hours exploring the Cave and Basin and walking the boardwalks.

18. Visit more museums

Aside from the Buffalo Nations Museum and Cave and Basin National Historic Site, there are plenty of others to discover in Banff.

The Banff Park Museum National Historic Site is one of the best and showcases an array of taxidermy specimens of plants and animals you’ll find in Banff National Park. The building itself is the oldest park facility in the national park system and was built in 1903. It’s an interesting museum and very educational. Entry is only $3.90 CAD per person.

For art lovers, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a popular museum. This rather small museum showcases a mix of local art, first nations artifacts, and information about the arrival of European settlers and their development of the area. You can get a good feel for Banffs history here. Entry costs $10 for adults and children under 12 are free.

19. Have an Adventure Whitewater Rafting 

Whiste water rafting in Canmore, Alberta
Hard to wipe the smile off your face after that adventure!

Whitewater rafting is one of my favorite adventure activities, and you can totally do it while it’s raining! I mean, you were certainly going to get wet anyways, right?

It is so scenic but also gets the adrenaline pumping with all of the excitement! In Banff, you can join a whitewater rafting tour during the summer months and see for yourself what exactly I mean.

This 2-hour whitewater rafting tour takes you along the Kanaskasis River. The rapids are exciting but not too dangerous and suitable for anyone over the age of 5. You’ll get completely geared up before you start and finish the excitement with a calm float where you can also opt for a swim!

The water is bitterly cold but with the right gear and the added bonus of adrenaline, this is one of the things to do in Banff in the summer.

20. Eat at Juniper Bistro

view from the Juniper Bistro in Banff. Photo Credit: The Juniper Bistro
Just look at that view! Photo Credit: Juniper Bistro

Honestly, one of the best things to do in Banff (rain or shine) is to eat Banff is just full of delicious local restaurants just waiting to impress first-time visitors.

One of my personal favorite restaurants in Banff is the Juniper Bistro. This restaurant is located just on the outskirts of Banff town at the beginning of Mt Norquay Road at the Juniper Hotel.

Not only does the Juniper serve incredible food with a menu that changes seasonally and features Canadian favorites, but it has won awards for the best view from any restaurant in Banff! For anybody on a honeymoon in Banff or a romantic couple’s trip, this is a must-do!

The Juniper Bistro is open for breakfast and lunch daily, with dinner service from Wednesdays to Sundays. During peak seasons and on the weekends, you should book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Where to Stay in Banff, Canada

The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff
The gorgeous Rimrock Resort Hotel! Photo credit: The Rimrock Resort

This is one of the most important parts of your trip, and in Banff, the selection can be overwhelming and expensive. There are lots of different areas to consider when it comes to deciding where to stay in Banff National Park. There are also plenty of great hotels in Banff town to consider. Below are some amazing hotels we recommend:

Samesun Banff Hostel – A great budget hostel with dorm rooms. Perfect for those on a tight budget.

King Edward Hotel – A budget range hotel where you still get a private room for a great price.

Banff Inn – The Banff Inn is in the perfect price and luxury range. It’s still cheap but also comes with lots of luxuries.

Banff Rocky Mountian Resort – Pushing up into the mid-range budget this hotel has a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and all the rooms have kitchenettes or full kitchens.

Fairmont Banff Springs – This is easily the most luxurious hotel in Banff. It’s not cheap but the place is simply incredible (pictured above!) If you’re visiting Banff on a honeymoon then this should be the hotel you choose!

Important info: Accommodation in Banff can be tricky. For starters, you need to book well in advance if you want to have a large selection. In the peaks of winter and summer, Banff often books out months in advance.

For this reason, I highly suggest booking a place ASAP! Using Booking.com is great because lots of hotels offer free cancellation, so just lock in a place (or two) for now and make the final decision later!

Parks Canada Pass Quick Info

If you plan on spending time in Canada’s national parks then you’re going to have to pay for a Parks Pass.

Single Daily Admission:

This type of pass is valid for one person for one day. It is ONLY the best value if you are traveling alone and only plan to visit a national park for one day.

  • Adult (ages 18-64) is $11.04 CAD
  • Senior (65+) is $9.41 CAD
  • Youth/Child (17 or younger) is FREE

Group Daily Admission:

If you’re traveling in a group or with family, you can buy a single-day admission for your entire vehicle (up to 7 people in one vehicle.)

  • $21.36 CAD gets your entire vehicle entry for one full day

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

The “Discovery Pass” is what Parks Canada calls their year-long (365 days from the purchase date), multi-park entry pass. This pass will give 365 days of access to all participating national parks in Canada. This includes the most popular parks like Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke and so much more.

  • Adult (age 18-64) – $93.81 CAD
  • Senior (64+) – $80.18 CAD
  • Group/Family (up to 7 people in one vehicle) – $188.59 CAD

Hot Tip: Although more expensive up front, if you plan on spending more than 7 days in different parks in Canada within a 12-month period, then the Discovery Pass is actually the better deal!

Parks Canada Passes can be bought online here or at one of the Visitor Centers of booths at the entrance to many national parks.

Renting a Car in Alberta

The Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
The Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park

If you’re arriving in Alberta via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. Canada is a large country and traveling between cities and even just getting out to some of the best places to visit in Alberta requires transport. Although you can use public transport, on some occasions, it means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Car rental in Canada is relatively cheap, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $100 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year and the type of car that you rent. For car rentals, I use the website DiscoverCars.com. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used them all over the world including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada, and using crown land and campsites, you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

Canada Travel Essentials

Bailey stands on a mountain in essential gear for the Canadian Rockies
A windproof jacket and Buff will save you in the mountains!

Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.

Crampons: In winter, crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $37 CAD and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!

Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part, though? It comes in pink!

Bear bells: These are a must, and for the price, you shouldn’t hike without them. The bear bells I use are only $9 CAD and they come with a silencer (a must) so you can easily travel with them.

Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.

Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.

Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment, so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.

Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in handy so many times, especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $25 CAD and they serve my basic needs without any issues!

Before you go…

A couple take a selfie with beers at the Banff Brewery in Banff
Thank you for reading!

Regardless of the weather in Banff, there really are plenty of amazing things to do. I mean who would have thought you’d have so many great activities to do when it’s raining?!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope this blog has helped plan your upcoming trip to Banff! If it has, then be sure to check out more of our blogs such as:

1, 2, and 3 day Banff itinerary

Things to do in Whistler

Guide to Visiting Banff in December

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