Top 10 Best Things to Do in Banff in Summer

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Banff in Summer
Children and families love meeting the horses on a carriage ride or wagon ride

Check out our top ten summer things to do in Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.

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”
9:30am, 10:30am
5 Hours
Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route at Banff Mt Norquay
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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
Throughout the day
4 Hours
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
9:00am, 10:00am, 10:30am
6 Hours

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
Throughout the day
2.5 Hours

9. HORSEBACK RIDING

Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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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
4 Days
Wednesday

Halfway Lodge - 5 Nights

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

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
3 Days
Monday

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
2 Days
Saturday
Horseback ride through the Spray River

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
Throughout the day
1 Hour
Horseback Ride to a Cowboy Steak Cookout with Discover Banff Tours
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
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Family Carriage Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Family Fun

Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride
Throughout the day
15 Mins, 30 Mins, 1 Hour

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
9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
2 Hours

Horseback Ride - Sulphur Mtn 4 Hrs

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park.   From
12:30pm
4 Hours
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. After a
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours

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
10:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
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 &
Throughout the day
1 Hour

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 sunset stand up paddleboarding tour is the perfect way to explore spectacular Two Jack Lake in Banff
7:00pm
1 Hour
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
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
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
8:15am
4 Hours
Lake Minnewanka Banff Lake Cruise

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective on a 1 hour interpretive boat cruise of the largest lake in
Throughout the day
1 Hour
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
1:30pm
4 Hours

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.
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins

Private Banff Heli Sightseeing

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

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
9:30am, 1:00pm
3 Hours
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Banff Helicopter Flights

A once in a lifetime experience to fly over mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and to the "Matterhorn of
Throughout the day
12 Mins, 25 Mins, 30 Mins

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
5 Hours
All Ages
View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
See winter views over Banff at the gondola summit
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Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
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
8:30am
3 Hours

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

Ghost Walks

Spend a spooktacular evening unearthing ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of the Bow Valley’s historic
7:00pm
1 Hour 40 minutes

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
10 Hours
All Ages

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
9:30am, 1:00pm
3 Hours
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
8:00am
7 Hours

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
5 Hours
All Ages
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
Throughout the day
1 Hour
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
10:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 12:15pm
30 Mins
See elk and other animals on a Banff wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
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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
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, Varies seasonally
2 Hours
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
10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
45 Mins
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
8:30am
3 Hours

Discover Grizzly Bears

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

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
8:30am
11 Hours

Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks.
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins

Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

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

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
8:30am
11 Hours

Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour

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

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
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
See winter views over Banff at the gondola summit
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
Throughout the day
Open Ticket

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
5 Hours
All Ages

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
8:30am
9.5 Hours
Take in the evening beauty of Lake Louise 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
3:30pm
6 Hours

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort with views to Victoria Glacier, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities, Lake Louise will
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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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
8:00am, 1:00pm
4.25 Hours

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