What To Do In Banff In July
See bears in Banff National Park on a wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours

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

It’s July and summer is here! The heat of the sun brings the heat of our travel season, which is why you need to book ahead. Summer is our busiest season in Banff National Park and we recommend planning in advance to avoid disappointment. Looking for a more private and tailored experience? Try one of our custom tours so you can avoid crowds, choose the time, and stay longer.

1. Wildlife Tours

 If wildlife is what you’re after, then our Discover Banff Tours’ Evening Wildlife Safari is perfect – with hot days brings animals seeking shade and with that, optimal times to spot them in the evening. Wondering what wildlife we’ve seen lately? Check out our Guide’s Report for the latest sightings!

See bighorn sheep on the Evening Wildlife Safari Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta

2. Guaranteed Bear Sighting on the Discover Grizzly Bears Tour

Wildlife can be unpredictable in the hot season, so for a guarantee of seeing a grizzly bear, take advantage of our Discover Grizzly Bears Tour to see Boo the grizzly bear in his sanctuary at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. This full-day includes stops at Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, a sightseeing gondola ride up to the top of the mountain and lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant!

Grizzly Bear Refuge
Photo Credit: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies RCR

3. Lakes, lakes and lakes

The weather’s warm, the sun is out and the glacier-fed lakes that the Canadian Rockies are known for are at their best! See the turquoise waters of iconic  Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on an afternoon or evening tour and Peyto Lake on a full-day tour along the scenic Icefields Parkway. Looking to go swimming? These lakes provide spectacular photo opportunities, but most are much too cold for swimming. Try the Banff Upper Hot Springs or Johnson Lake.

See Peyto Lake on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours
Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

4. Stand Up Paddleboarding

Looking for a more chilled out water activity than whitewater rafting, but still want to paddle under your own steam? Try stand up paddleboarding! These morning or sunset tours explore spectacular Johnson Lake and Lake Minnewanka in a small group tour with certified instructors.

Take an easy SUP tour in Banff
Photo Credit: Amy Victoria Wakefield @hike365

5. Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

You might have heard of the extremely popular Banff Sightseeing Gondola, but did you know Banff also has a sightseeing chairlift? Less crowded and less expensive, you’ll take an 8-minute open-air ride up to 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay for breathtaking views looking across the Town of Banff, Spray and Bow Valleys with the stunning jagged edges of Mt Rundle as a feature for all your photos. At the top relax over a snack or meal, craft brews or a glass of wine at the Cliffhouse Bistro.

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

6. Carriage Rides

Horseback rides are in full swing but did you know that you can take a private horse-drawn carriage, complete with a cowboy driver as your personal guide, through the streets of Banff? Seating up to six passengers, the carriage rides follow the Bow River with extension options to see some of Banff’s original homesteads and the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Carriage Ride on Banff Ave
Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka Photography

The best Banff activities in July

Take a fun SUP group tour in Banff
Most Popular

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

A one hour morning or sunset stand up paddleboarding tour is the perfect way to explore spectacular Two Jack Lake
May-Sep
10:00am, 7:30pm
See Moraine Lake 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
May-Sep
3:30pm

Banff Hot Springs

The Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a historic spa and bath house
Year Round
Open Ticket
Wildlife Evening Safari Elk
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
Apr-Oct
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride
Apr-Oct
Throughout the day
Panoramic views over Banff on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking
Jun-Oct
Throughout the day

Discover Grizzly Bears

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

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling
Apr-Oct
8:00am
Most Popular

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
Apr-Oct
1:30pm

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