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: https://www.lifesaving.org/public/download/documents/55506

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: https://www.epcor.com/products-services/drainage/stormwater/Pages/default.aspx.

The Banff Avenue/High School Rink and the Bear Street rink in the town of Banff are now closed for the season due to warm temperature melting ice, resulting in unsafe conditions.

Other winter activities are still possible in the region.

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

$12

$20

$17

N/A
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.

https://www.gearupsport.com/ (Canmore)

https://switchinggear.ca/ (Canmore)

https://www.flamessportsbank.ca/ - free gear for families in need (Calgary)

https://www.mec.ca/en/explore/gearswap - MEC Gear Swap

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1332785430097239 - 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 www.banff.ca/register. 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 Banff.ca/register 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 www.banff.ca/1024/Free-Sport-Recreation-Sessions

Online Story Times:

Below are a few links to story time’s that were made outdoor in our local backyard. 

https://vimeo.com/403806166 - The Very Nosy Bear

https://vimeo.com/403829893 - The Dot

https://vimeo.com/403795182 - How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends

https://vimeo.com/403816525 - Snowmen at Night

Other Online Programs

Primary Care Network has free classes and workshops:

Register at bowvalleypcn.ca

Banff Theater Collective Puppet Show 

https://youtu.be/8UHH2o49r7A

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: https://canmore.ca/residents/family-community-services/parental-support/courses-workshops.  

Banff Public Library

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

Visit https://www.banfflibrary.ab.ca/ for more details.

Senior's Yoga

Pre-recorded and live yoga classes designed specifically for seniors. https://sacredelders.com

Fenlands Outdoor Ice Rink

Fenlands Meadow Rink