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.

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Relocate your Home Office to Banff with our Work in the Wild Special 

Spend your working week (5 nights, Sun-Thurs) at the Juniper, starting at only $299+tax for our Standard woodland view room. 

To make the most of the inspiring vistas, we recommend choosing our Deluxe room with mountain views for only $399 + tax 

This deal is only available by contacting our sales team; please email your booking enquiry to  


Pricing valid for minimum 5-night stays, Sun-Thurs, October 15th 2021-April 30th 2022. Weekend nights may be added for an additional fee – please contact sales with your dates for a custom quote. Not valid over the holiday period and subject to blackout dates.

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NYE Package

Ring in 2022 in Banff! Enjoy a 2-night stay, plus our festive 6-Course NYE Dinner featuring signature dishes created by our talented chefs from authentic regional ingredients. What better way to start the year than waking up in the mountains?

Stay must include December 31st - please reserve your dining time at the Bistro when booking your package.

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Dinner in the Mountains

Add some local flavour to your stay with a $100 dinner credit at Juniper Bistro. This season, our menu celebrates quality Canadian ingredients, paired with seasonal veggies and our chefs’ finishing touches. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert…

This package is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday evenings from 5pm.

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