With its opulent nature coming back to life, the days getting longer and milder, Banff National Park becomes a very busy stage, with tons of events and things to explore. To make it easier for you to navigate, we’ve compiled a list with some of the best spring activities in Banff National Park. One thing is certain: Banff in springtime has so much to offer!
1. Dream of the C.R.E.A.M.
A tribute to park boarders of all ages, don’t miss out on the C.R.E.A.M. Rail Jam on April 9th. Standing for “Cash Rails Everywhere Around Me,” C.R.E.A.M. Rail Jam is an amateur snowboarding contest series that features four different age groups competing for snowboarding champ. There is open registration, and the contests feature everything from easy style “Lil’ Shredder” to tough Open Categories. Spectating is free, so come on out and check out what talent is to be found.
2. Mt. Norquay 90 Cent Ski Day and 80s Day
On April 6, experience a flash from the past with a 90 cent day lift ticket at Mount Norquay! Any donations will go to local charities.
On April 9, don your onesies, wrap-around shades, and old school skis: 80s Day at Mount Norquay will have you reeling in horrible hairdo flashbacks, punk rock styles, and neon colours. Yep, springtime in Banff is one of the most cool and creative spots on earth.
3.Thrill of the Hill Toboggan Race
The wind whistles in your ears and whips your hair back as you careen down a slope head first, plummeting towards the finish line. The Thrill of the Hill toboggan race is ailed as the most epic toboggan race of amateurs on earth, inviting toboggan enthusiasts to bring their A game to Sunshine Village. From morning till night on April 9th, come participate or watch these thrill-seekers tackle the slopes in a new way. Prizes go out for style, time, and spirit.
4. Snowchella Concert Series
Every weekend until May 23, experience the Snowchella Concert Series hosted by Coors Light. Featuring a variety of musicians, the concert series is an outdoor extravaganza: beautiful live concerts by local bands, so sit back, relax, and soak in the sun and the tunes.
5. No Bozos Allowed
Head to Mt. Norquay on April 16th to celebrate the Bozo Cup: a unique appreciation of the life of Rob Bosinger (aka, Bozo) through Head to Head racing. The 11th Anniversary Bozo Cup will be an action-packed weekend of slalom racing and slalom “drag racing” with junior racers, alumni and current national racers, coaches, and friends. Come to the after-party at the Lone Pine where everyone celebrates the best action of the day. In addition, don’t miss out on the $10,000 in cash and prizes or the stellar view of the races from the beer garden. This is a perfect weekend to appreciate alpine ski racing with friends and family.
6. Cardboard Box Downhill Derby
There are more ways than one to slide down a hill and this is one of the most creative. The annual Cardboard Box Downhill Derby has got to be one of the most unique and quirky events Banff has to offer. On April 17th, using only cardboard, string, tape, and glue, competitors attempt to fashion the fastest cardboard box sled to race down the mountain. Prizes will be awarded for the three best times and the three best designs. Gather your friends and family and enjoy the ride.
7. Bikinis for Breast Cancer
As April draws to a close, participants of this event shed their clothes in recognition of breast cancer. April 30th is the annual Bikinis for Breast Cancer day. Open for women of all ages, this event is held to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ladies dressed in bikini tops and snow pants ski or board down a course on the mountain. Show your solidarity for them by participating or donating to the cause!
8. Banff Mountain Film Festival
Featuring only a fraction of phenomenal films from a fantastic 2015 festival, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival comes to the Max Bell Auditorium on April 30th. Come and see award-winning films such as Eclipse, Showdown at Horseshoe Hell, and The Great Alone. With excellent cinematography and inspiring themes, these screenings are not to be missed.
9. Oysters and Champagne
Every Saturday and Sunday until May 22, meet up at the Veuve Cliquot Champagne Bar on Mad Trapper’s patio at Sunshine Mountain Lodge for an excellent après offering. With fresh, mouth-watering west coast oysters and fine French champagne, what better way to enjoy the spring sunshine?
10. Banff Children’s Festival
What better way to celebrate spring than through children? On May 21, bounce from one event to another at the Banff Children’s Festival, keeping the kids entertained and enchanted. Jump around in a bouncy castle, clown around at circus school, learn to rock climb, or create art all day long with a multitude of venues for children to enjoy and for parents to get in touch with their inner child.
With these awe-inspiring adventures and events, Banff is a hopping place in the spring. We know the ski season ain’t over till it’s over – spring just shows us how to appreciate it all the more.