Activities and Recreation during COVID

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:

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:

There are managed rinks around town:

The Banff Avenue Rink at the High School Field. For more information and to register visit:

  • Registration is required
  • Maximum of 40 skaters
  • no hockey or shinny or passing
  • Opening time depends on High School use - see registration for available time slots. Closes at 8 pm
  • May close due to weather or ice conditions
  • Final day for rink is March 14, 2021, unless warm weather forces earlier closure

The Bear Street Rink is located in the centre of the commercial and service hub on Bear Street, one block west of Banff Avenue.  For more information visit:

  • Registration is not required
  • Maximum of 20 skaters - capacity is monitored. Please do not enter rink area if there are 20 people inside the fence area
  • No hockey sticks or pucks allowed
  • Open 10 am - 8 pm
  • May close due to weather or ice conditions
  • Final day for this rink is March 7, 2021, unless warm weather forces earlier closure

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 for Saturday and Sunday sessions.
  • Maximum of 20 skaters

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




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. (Canmore) (Canmore) - free gear for families in need (Calgary) - MEC Gear Swap - Facebook used gear exchange 

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 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 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

Online Story Times:

Below are a few links to story time’s that were made outdoor in our local backyard. - The Very Nosy Bear - The Dot - How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends - Snowmen at Night

Other Online Programs

Primary Care Network has free classes and workshops:

Register at

Banff Theater Collective Puppet Show

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:  

Banff Public Library

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

Visit for more details.

Senior's Yoga

Pre-recorded and live yoga classes designed specifically for seniors.

Fenlands Outdoor Ice Rink

Fenlands Meadow Rink