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Sports in Banff – Playing Tennis
Banff National Park, Alberta
Mid January is not the ideal time to play outdoor tennis in the Canadian Rockies. It may be good for those back court slides but the fact that the ball doesn’t bounce on snow can sometimes be an issue. There is also the possibility that the ball could freeze mid air! When people come to Banff, they generally read extremely informative Rockies and Banff sites (not mentioning names) and have a huge list of hikes and activities to do. However when you get here, sometimes you need a day off sightseeing and playing a relaxing game of tennis in the stunning surrounds of the Canadian Rockies. Where to play?
Banff Recreation Grounds
Wait until the snow melts and enjoy these two concrete-topped public courts surrounded by the running river, towering trees and snow-tipped mountains. You don’t have to pay a penny but the courts are first come, first serve (don’t excuse the pun). There are washrooms nearby as well as picnic tables to relax with a well earned sandwich after victory.
Fairmont Banff Springs
The Springs has five courts and a clubhouse. They are in pristine condition as would be expected and you can get lessons. You can rent the courts on an hourly basis and equipment is also available to rent.
Banff’s Rocky Mountain Resort
This is one of the top options for me simply because of the views. There are two great outdoor courts where it feels like if you serve badly, the ball might just bounce off the mountains and right back to you. Located right at the entrance to Banff off the highway coming from Canmore or Calgary – this is a great location for a game!