Ice Diving Banff National Park
Want a Scuba Diving Challenge? Go Ice Diving in the Canadian Rockies
Yes, you are reading that correctly. As we’ve said before, can do it all in Banff, Alberta, and the surrounding Banff National Park. If you can do it outdoors, you can do it in the Canadian Rockies, and that includes scuba diving, even in winter time.
Not heard of ice diving? It’s just what it sounds like: scuba diving under ice. The primary diving site in Banff is just outside of town at Lake Minnewanka.
Parks Canada places special restrictions on ice diving in the park. Namely that means all dive groups (both private and commercial) must obtain a Restricted Activity Permit (RAP) prior to ice diving in Banff National Park. Permits, guidelines, dive sites, and proposed dates must be reviewed ahead of time with a Park Warden. There are other guidelines and rules as well, mostly designed to protect the marine environment.