What To Do In Banff In April
Follow your guide on a scenic Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Looking for the best things to do in Banff in April?

As the weather begins to warm and Spring sets in, the snow thaws and Banff starts to transition towards summer activities. Here are some of the best things to do in April, from horseback rides to glacier adventures and wildlife tours.

1. Take a horse-drawn tour of Banff

Is there a better way to enjoy Banff’s scenery than on the back of a horse? Take a 1 hour horseback ride in Banff on a friendly horse along the tranquil Bow River, or a scenic carriage ride through the Town of Banff for the whole family.

Ride along the Bow River on the Bow River Ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

2. Explore an underground cave

Meanwhile beneath the ground in the Grotto Canyon caves, seasons don’t matter. These temperatures stay the same year-round (5C!) and caving is the perfect activity to join for no matter the weather.

See the Grand Gallery in Rats Nest Cave on a Canmore Cave Tour in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Canmore Cave Tours

3. Meet wolfdogs up close

And let’s not forget the popular Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary – located just 45 minutes from Banff, this not-for-profit sanctuary shows guests the unique habitat, sustainability, and interactions with these wolfdogs. Book your tour through Discover Banff Tours to meet the animals famed for their appearance in Game of Thrones. One of the wolfdogs is even the cousin of ‘Ghost’ the direwolf from the show!

Feed wolfdogs on the interactive tour at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / AV Wakefield

The best Banff activities in April

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
Most Popular

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

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
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

Canmore Caves Explorer Tour

An introduction to the amazing world of caves, spending two hours climbing, crawling and squeezing through the infamous Rat's Nest
9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
4.5 Hours

Canmore Caves Adventure Tour

Spend four hours underground as you climb, crawl, wiggle and slide through the water-worn passages of the infamous Rat's Nest
8:45am, 10:15am, 11:45am
6 Hours
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
3 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
11 Hours

4: Keep your eyes out for wildlife

As the snow melts, it’s the start of the spring grazing season and animals such as deer, elk and bighorn sheep can be often spotted (you might even be lucky enough to spot a bear as they start to come out of hibernation!). Want to increase your chances of seeing wildlife? Join our Evening Wildlife Safari from mid April and take a guided bus tour of Banff’s wildlife hotspots as our guides share their knowledge on the park’s animals.

See elk in Banff National Park on the Evening Wildlife Safari with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Celestine Aerden @celestineaerden

5: See an ancient glacier

Want to see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier? Or stand on a glass-floor glacier skywalk at 918 feet (280 metres) with a birds eye view over stunning mountain and glacial vistas? The full-day Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour begins mid April and travels to the Columbia Icefields along the Instagram-worthy Icefields Parkway Highway.

See the Athabasca Glacier on the Icefields Parkway Tour
Photo Credit: Mike Seehagel and Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

6: See Banff’s best photo spots

April is the perfect time to take our morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour – you’ll visit some of the best sightseeing spots while the mountain tops are still dusted with snow and learn about the park’s history and wildlife. We might even see some wildlife up close!

Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner

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Is April a good time to visit Banff?

Although Banff springtime highs can reach 10C or 15C, there’s still snow in the mountains for skiers and some spring activities are starting including horseback rides, wildlife viewing and caving.

When can I see bears in Banff?

Bears start to come out of hibernation in April, which makes spring an ideal time to spot bears in Banff before they head higher into the alpine during summer.

Where can I see wildlife in Banff?

Banff National Park is home to animals including elk, deer, bears, bighorn sheep and coyotes which can be sighted on a wildlife viewing tour or hot spots such as Lake Minnewanka and the Bow Valley Parkway.

Where can I see wolves in Banff?

Located an hour from Banff, the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a not-for-profit sanctuary that rescues abandoned wolfdogs and allows visitors to meet wolfdogs up close and learn about wolves.

Does Banff have glaciers?

Banff National Park has hundreds of glaciers and icefields, many of which can be viewed on the iconic Icefields Parkway drive. The popular Glacier Adventure is located two hours from Banff.

How can I visit the Columbia Icefield?

The Columbia Icefield is located along the Icefields Parkway, two hours from Banff. Visitors can self-drive to the Athabasca Glacier or join a small group Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour.