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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.