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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.