What To Do In Banff In August
See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours

Looking for the best things to see and do in Banff in August?

Summer is in full swing and it’s one of the warmest and busiest times of year in the Canadian Rockies. If you’re visiting Banff in August we highly recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment on top picks from sightseeing on the Icefields Parkway, to whitewater rafting, to ATV tours.

1. Travel along the Icefields Parkway

Constantly rated among the world’s most scenic drives is the Icefields Parkway – this glacier-capped drive has some of the most stunning viewpoints, glacial lakes, and icefields you’ll find in the Rocky Mountains. Our Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour will take you here – this trip, among others, takes you to scenic points with the interpretation, history, and knowledge you come to expect from us. And if you decide to self-drive, we recommend the GyPSy Guide Icefield Parkway App.

Discover the beauty of the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Tourism Jasper

2. Whitewater Rafting

After the highway, take to the waterways – whitewater rafting on the Kananaskis River and Horseshoe Canyon are both just 45 minutes from Banff and Calgary. The Kananaskis River is dam controlled and perfect for families as you explore gentler rapids without sacrificing the scenery or embrace your inner daredevil and try the optional cliff jump on the Horseshoe Canyon rafting trip. Keen for a wilder ride? Travel to Golden where the Kicking Horse River is raging and offering those world-class rapids it’s famous for.

Hydra Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

3. Float Tours

Looking for a more relaxed water activity for the family? Take a one-hour scenic float tour along the Bow River in nearby Canmore. This family-friendly activity is the perfect way to enjoy the Rocky Mountain scenery from the water, without even needing to paddle!

Canmore Activities

The best Banff activities in August

Kicking Horse River Classic Whitewater Rafting

The Kicking Horse River is the Rockies' most thrilling whitewater rafting with Class 1-4 rapids. Located 1.5 hours from Banff
9:00am, 12:30pm
4 Hours
Visit Lake Louise in the evening on the Deluxe Lake Louise 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
6 Hours
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
Throughout the day
All Ages
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
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
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
4 Hours
Toby Creek Adventures ATV Tour
Most Popular

Paradise Ridge ATV Tour

A full day ATV tour to Paradise Ridge with 4 wheel power at your finger tips takes you up to
4.5 Hours

Paradise Mine ATV Tour

Visit the remnants of an early 1900’s silver mining town located high in the mountains at 8,000 feet on this
3 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. Arrive at
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
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
4 Hours

Columbia Icefield 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. ATV Tours

Leave behind the busy townsite of Banff and immerse yourself in the mountain wilderness on a half-day or full-day ATV tour. Going with a group of friends or the family? Upgrade to a four-person side-by-side UTV and you can all ride together!

The whole family can fit in a four person side by side ATV in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Toby Creek Adventures

5. Visit Banff’s most famous lakes in the evening

After a day of exploring, take advantage of Banff’s long summer days and visit iconic Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the evening after the crowds have left. You might be lucky to find parking later in the evening, or avoid the parking stress and take the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour to ensure you get to see both turquoise lakes. Start with a scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway on your way to a delicious early dinner in the charming log cabin ambiance of the Baker Creek Bistro, before enjoying a full hour to see Lake Louise, and 30 minutes at Moraine Lake.

Visit Lake Louise in the evening on the Deluxe Lake Louise Tour
Photo Credit: Banff and Lake Louise Tourism

6. Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride

We know that you want to make the most of your precious vacation time, and agreeing on what to eat for dinner isn’t always the easiest part of your holiday.  So, why not combine both on a cowboy cookout! Choose from a horseback ride or wagon ride (perfect for younger children), and a lunch or dinner departure.

Banff Horseback Cowboy

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