Skating on a frozen lake or river is a classic Canadian experience and the dramatic mountain backdrops of Banff National Park only add to the magic. The perfect ‘wild ice’ season here in Banff is relatively short – just a few weeks between the water freezing over and the first snowfall covering the surface. These dates vary each year but are usually from late October until mid-November. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a sunny day to enjoy the sparkling ice, or even witness the frozen bubbles caused by escaping methane.

Whether you’re an experienced skater or venturing out on the ice for the first time, we should all remember that safety comes first! Natural ice surfaces may not be as stable as they appear and everyone skates at their own risk. Like any outdoor activity, you should check the conditions before you go, enjoy with a buddy whenever possible, let someone know where you’re going and be prepared to self-rescue or contact emergency services.


Banff offers several options for ice skating on local lakes and even the Bow River. Explore the closest options on the map below, or find more information from Parks Canada.

Juniper guests can rent skates for only $15/day from our partners at Banff Adventures. Purchase your rental voucher from the Front Desk, then pick up your skates from their downtown Banff location.

If you don’t feel confident venturing out on natural ice surfaces, you can also find outdoor rinks in Banff during the winter season. Learn more here.

Seniors Discount

If you're a savvy senior 65+, from October 1st you can save 15% off our Best Available Rate! Simply select the Seniors Discount rate and provide your ID at check-in (because you know you look younger than your years!)

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Advanced Purchase Rate

Plan ahead and save! Get 15% off stays this October and November when you book 30 days ahead with our Advanced Purchase rate. 

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Payment is due at time of booking: AP reservations are non-refundable but credit may be transferred to alternative dates. New nightly room rates will apply. Subject to availability.

Stay 2, Save 20%

Take your time to enjoy the beauty of Banff National Park.

Choose from our Standard Woodland View, Deluxe Mountain View rooms or King Suites and save 20% when you stay 2 nights or more.

Also included: breathtaking views, deep breaths of fresh air and the revitalizing spirit of the mountains. 


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Valid October - December 2022. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply.