What To Do In Banff In July
Explore the Larch Valley hiking trail with a professional guide 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. See Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the evening after the crowds have left

As the crowds grow, it’s the perfect time to enjoy an extended evening tour to Lake Louise. Departing in the afternoon, we’ll start with an early dinner at the charmingly rustic Baker Creek Bistro before heading to Lake Louise after most of the other visitors have left for the day. And of course, we’ll also stop at Moraine Lake with enough time to take a short walk up the Rockpile and take in the famous view over the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Prefer to visit during the day? Join our morning or afternoon Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour and get guaranteed access even when the parking lots are full.

See the Valley of the Ten Peaks from the Rockpile on the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

2. Meet Boo the grizzly bear

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. Spend a day hiking in the Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are known for their hiking trails – and taking a full-day tour with a professional guide is the best way to explore the beauty of Banff’s backcountry. We’ll take you to our favourite trails including the iconic Plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise and Larch Valley at Moraine Lake. A gourmet picnic lunch and transport is provided – we’ll even bring the bear spray! Looking for a customized hike? We can also offer private guided hikes on these trails and many more.

Take a guided hike to Larch Valley with Discover Banff Tours

The best Banff activities in July

Private Hiking Tours

Looking for a guide to lead your group on Banff or Lake Louise's hiking trails? Our private full-day hiking tours
10 Hours
All Ages

Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour

This amazing full-day tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the
9.5 Hours
Take in the evening beauty of Lake Louise 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
6 Hours
Hiking Lake Louise
Most Popular

Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
7 Hours
Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Hot Springs

The Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a historic spa and bath house
Open Ticket
All Ages
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
View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
Throughout the day
Open Ticket

Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay
10 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
See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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
8:00am, 1:00pm
4.25 Hours

4. See the turquoise waters of glacier 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, Bow Lake on a full-day tour along the scenic Icefields Parkway, and Emerald Lake on a full-day tour to Yoho National Park. For those looking for tours from Calgary, the full-day Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour is a great way to see Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake all in one day. 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 locals’ favourite Johnson Lake.

See Bow Lake on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Stevin Tuchiwsky @stevint

5. Soar to 6,900 feet on an open-air 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.

See over Banff on the Banff SIghtseeing Chairlift

6. Take a private horse-drawn carriage ride through Banff

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

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Is July a good time to visit Banff?

With warm weather and long sunny days, July and August are the most popular months to visit Banff National Park and the best time to view the turquoise glacier lakes.

Where can I see bears in Banff?

It’s possible to see wild bears in Banff, but for a guaranteed bear sighting join the Discover Grizzly Bears Tour to meet Boo up close at the grizzly bear refuge.

Is hiking in Banff safe?

Hikers in Banff National Park should be aware of trail conditions, closures and wildlife, or choose to join a small group hike with a professional guide.

Can you hike in Banff?

The Canadian Rockies are known for their hiking trails, and taking a full-day tour with a professional guide is the best way to explore the beauty of Banff’s backcountry.

Why are Banff’s lakes so blue?

The famous turquoise and green lakes in Banff are caused by the sunlight reflecting off rock flour silt particles suspended in the water that flow from the glacier.

Can you drive to Moraine Lake?

The road to Moraine Lake is open from late May to October, but with limited parking is very busy in summer. To guarantee access, join a guided tour from Banff.

Which gondola ride is better in Banff?

The Banff Gondola the most popular and open year round, or in summer the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay are popular alternatives.