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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.