Top 10 Best things to do in Banff in this Summer

Check out our Top Ten Things to do in Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper in the Canadian Rockies, Banff.

10. VIA FERRATA CLIMBING TOURS

Cross a suspension bridge on the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata Explorer Route
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Via Ferrata Skyline - 5 Hours

The Skyline Route includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall, a scenic ridgecrest trail walk and an “airy”
Jun-Oct
9:30am, 10:30am
Guided alpine climbing on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route
Most Popular

Via Ferrata Ridgewalker - 4 Hours

To get a greater feel of heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker on this half-day
Jun-Oct
8:30am, 1:00pm, 10:00am, 2:30pm
Cross a wire bridge on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Skyline Route in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Via Ferrata Summiteer - 6 Hours

The “Summiteer” is the pinnacle Via Ferrata adventure and traverses an alpine ridge crossing a 3-wire suspension bridge over a
Jun-Oct
10:30am, 9:00am, 10:00am

Via Ferrata Explorer - 2.5 Hours

Step out of your comfort zone and join your guide on the mountain on the Explorer Route climbing up to
Jun-Oct
3:30pm, 9:00am, 10:00am

9. HORSEBACK RIDING

Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Explore Banff on the Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Horseback Ride - Bow River Evening 1 Hr

A special 1 hour evening ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin hot springs area
Jun-Sep
5:30pm

Horseback + Gondola + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and soak in mineral hot springs. 
Apr-Oct
8+

Erling Strom Trail Lodge - 3 Nights

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West, tracing the paths that the early pioneers used while exploring these untamed forests. On this
Jun-Sep
4 Days

Halfway Lodge - 5 Nights

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this with rugged scenery and quintessential mountain
Jun-Sep
6 Days

Sundance Explorer - 2 Nights

Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry lodge
May-Oct
3 Days

Sundance Overnight - 1 Night

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time? Then this 2
May-Oct
2 Days

Horseback + Gondola + Lake Cruise

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and cruise on Banff's largest lake. 
May-Oct
8+

Raft + Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids and then saddle up for a horseback ride to a barbecue dinner. Included:
May-Sep
12+

Raft + Horseback

Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then take a horseback ride along the scenic Bow River. Included: Kananaskis
May-Sep
8+
Sightsee over Banff from the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback + Chairlift + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar to 7,000' on an open-air chairlift and soak in hot springs.
Jun-Oct
8+
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Horseback Ride - Spray River 1 Hr

Our guides will lead you past roaring Bow Falls where you will cross the tranquil Spray River, followed by a
May-Oct
2:00pm, 1:00pm, 12:00pm, 10:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Cowboy Cookout Cooking Alberta Steak
Family Fun

Horseback Ride + Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious cowboy BBQ cookout at 3 Mile Cabin. First you'll ride
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm

Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride
Apr-Oct
Throughout the day

Horseback Ride - Sundance Loop 2 Hrs

Ride along the Bow River, past the Cave & Basin hot springs and up to the Windy Knoll viewpoint. This
May-Oct
9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm

Horseback Ride - Sulphur Mtn 3 Hrs

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park. From snow-capped
May-Oct
1:30pm, 9:30am
Banff Covered Wagon
Family Fun

Wagon Ride + Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River and join the horseback riders for a BBQ cookout. Arrive at
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm

Horseback Ride - Bow Valley Loop 3 Hrs

This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery from the Cave & Basin area to a thick, lush forest. As
May-Sep
1:30pm, 10:30am
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback Ride - Bow River 1 Hr

A 1 hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave &
Apr-Oct
2:00pm, 1:00pm, 12:00pm, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm

8. WATER ACTIVITIES

Big hit on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
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Take a fun SUP group tour in Banff
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

A one hour morning or sunset stand up paddleboarding tour is the perfect way to explore spectacular Two Jack Lake
May-Sep
10:00am, 7:30pm
Take a scenic river tour and float along the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies
Family Fun

Float Trips

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow
Jun-Sep
1:00pm, 9:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Calling all adventure lovers - there’s no better way to get the adrenaline flowing than big waves! Jump into a
May-Sep
8:15am
Lake Minnewanka Lake Cruise Boat Tour

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective on a 1 hour interpretive boat cruise of the largest lake in
May-Oct
Throughout the day
Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
Family Fun

Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting

You'll get splashed by the frothy swells of the rushing river but it won’t wash the smile off your face
May-Sep
1:30pm

7. HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING

Helicopter Tour near Banff, Canadian Rockies
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Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks.
Year Round
Throughout the day

Private Banff Heli Sightseeing

Located on the south west border of Banff National Park, Marvel Pass has long been a favourite spot for that
Year Round
Throughout the day

Banff Alpine Heli & Hike

The ultimate hiking experience! Take a scenic helicopter flight to a secluded area high above the Bow River Valley for a
Jul-Sep
9:30am, 1:00pm

Banff Helicopter Flights

A once in a lifetime experience to fly over mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and to the "Matterhorn of
Year Round
Throughout the day

6. SIGHTSEEING IN BANFF

Banff Avenue in the Summer
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Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National
May-Oct
5 Hours
Panoramic views over Banff on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking
Jun-Oct
Throughout the day
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Most Popular

Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from
Year Round
Throughout the day
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
Apr-Nov
8:30am

5. HIKES & WALKS

Take a guided hike to Larch Valley with Discover Banff Tours
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Take a Banff ghost tour led by an interpretive guide

Banff Ghost Walks

Spend a spooktacular evening unearthing ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of Banff’s historic streets. Take
May-Oct
8:00pm

Private Hiking Tours

Looking for a guide to lead your group on Banff or Lake Louise's hiking trails? Our private full-day hiking tours
Jun-Oct
10 Hours

Banff Alpine Heli & Hike

The ultimate hiking experience! Take a scenic helicopter flight to a secluded area high above the Bow River Valley for a
Jul-Sep
9:30am, 1:00pm
Hiking Lake Louise
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Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
Jun-Oct
8:00am

4. SPOTTING WILDLIFE

See bears in Banff National Park on a wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
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Private Wildlife Tours

Looking for a more in depth way to connect with Banff's wildlife? Book a private wildlife tour of Banff National
Year Round
5 Hours
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Sanctuary Walk in Cochrane

Wolfdog Sanctuary - Self Guided

This self-guided interpretive walk allows visitors to see the sanctuary and view and photograph the various packs of wolfdogs at your
Year Round
Throughout the day
See wolfdogs on the intro tour at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Wolfdog Sanctuary - Intro

Want to know more about wolfdogs? Learn all about the sanctuary during a 30 minute introductory talk inside a wolfdog
Year Round
10:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 12:15pm
Wildlife Evening Safari Elk
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Evening Wildlife Safari

Where do you find the animals of Banff when the sun goes down? Your guide will know! So keep your
Apr-Oct
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, Varies seasonally
The interactive tour allows you to feed wolfdogs at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Wolfdog Sanctuary - Interactive

Come enjoy an up-close and intimate look at wolves and wolfdogs on this semi-private guided sanctuary tour with plenty of photo
Year Round
10:30am, 2:00pm, 12:00pm, 3:30pm
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
Apr-Nov
8:30am

Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay
Jun-Sep
8:30am

3. ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

Drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Icefields Parkway: Jasper to Banff

This one-way tour from Jasper to Banff takes you along the famous Icefields Parkway through some of the most spectacular
May-Oct
8:30am

Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks.
Year Round
Throughout the day

Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National
May-Oct
5 Hours

Icefields Parkway: Banff to Jasper

This one-way tour from Banff to Jasper takes you along the famous Icefields Parkway through some of the most spectacular
May-Oct
8:30am

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling
Apr-Oct
8:00am

2. GONDOLAS & CHAIRLIFTS

Banff Gondola View in the Summer
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Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort with views to Victoria Glacier, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities, Lake Louise will
May-Oct
Throughout the day
Panoramic views over Banff on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking
Jun-Oct
Throughout the day
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Most Popular

Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from
Year Round
Throughout the day

1. SEEING LAKE LOUISE

See Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau Hotel with Discover Banff Tours
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Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National
May-Oct
5 Hours

Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour

This amazing full-day tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the
May-Oct
8:30am
See Moraine Lake on the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
Limited Space

Deluxe Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

This evening tour gives you more time to wander and soak up the beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
May-Sep
3:30pm

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort with views to Victoria Glacier, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities, Lake Louise will
May-Oct
Throughout the day
Most Popular

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

See two of the world's most beautiful lakes including iconic Lake Louise - famous for its jewel-like water nestled between
Apr-Nov
8:00am, 1:00pm

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