What To Do In Banff In June
Feed wolfdogs on the interactive tour at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff in the Canadian Rockies

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

In June the snow is melting, the lakes are thawing and the rivers are filling. It’s the perfect time to be outside!

1. Meet wolfdogs up close

Calling all animal lovers! Located just an hour from Banff (and conveniently about halfway between Banff and Calgary), the not-for-profit Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary offers a range of tours to learn about wolfdogs. From a self-guided interpretive walk around the sanctuary at your own pace (suitable for ages six and up) to a small-group interactive tour with the option to feed the wolfdogs, there’s something for everyone.

The interactive tour allows you to feed wolfdogs at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / AV Wakefield

2. Sky high views on a sightseeing flight

Keen to see more of the backcountry? Well, it’s hard to get back there in June still but here’s how to cheat – book a Banff helicopter ride that takes you as far as the famous Mt. Assiniboine and right over the glacier. Or for a truly unique Rockies experience, take a helicopter flight up to 7,000′ for a guided alpine hike or take a private flight just for two with a scenic stopover. Traveling to Jasper? Stop along the way for a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing flight over the Columbia Icefields!

Alpine Heli Tour flying over Lake Gloria

3. See two the world’s most famous mountain lakes

With the access road to Moraine Lake reopening in late May, June is the perfect time to visit both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake as they both thaw. With limited parking at each lake filling up at sunrise, save yourself the hassle and see both lakes on one convenient tour from your hotel in Banff. Daily tours run in the morning and afternoon with a 30 minute stop at each lake, as well as a special evening tour when the crowds have left for the day.

See Lake Louise with Discover Banff Tours

The best Banff activities in June

Take a fun SUP group tour in Banff
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the perfect way to explore spectacular Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. Choose from a
11:00am, 2:00pm
1 Hour

Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks.
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins

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
9:15am, 1:15pm
3 Hours

Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National
5 Hours
All Ages

Private Banff Heli Sightseeing

Located on the south west border of Banff National Park, Marvel Pass has long been a favourite spot for that
Throughout the day
55 Mins
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

Via Ferrata Skyline - 4.5-5 Hours

The Skyline Route includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall, a scenic ridgecrest trail walk and an “airy”
9:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am
4.5-5 Hours

Private Banff Heli & Hike

The ultimate private hiking experience! Take a scenic helicopter flight to a secluded area high above the Bow River Valley
9:30am, 1:00pm
3 Hours
Horseback ride through the Spray River

Horseback Ride - Spray River 1 Hr

Our guides will lead you past roaring Bow Falls where you will cross the tranquil Spray River, followed by a
Throughout the day
1 Hour
Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route at Banff Mt Norquay
Most Popular

Via Ferrata Ridgewalker - 3.5-4 Hours

To get a greater feel of heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker on this half-day
Throughout the day
4 Hours
Cross a wire bridge on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Skyline Route in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Via Ferrata Summiteer - 6 Hours

The Summiteer tops out at the highest point of the via ferrata and traverses an alpine ridge crossing a 3-wire
8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
6 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
Lake Minnewanka Banff Lake Cruise

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective on a 1 hour interpretive boat cruise of the largest lake in
Throughout the day
1 Hour

Via Ferrata Explorer - 2-2.5 Hours

Step out of your comfort zone and join your guide on the mountain on the Explorer Route climbing up to
Throughout the day
2.5 Hours

Horseback Ride - Sulphur Mtn 4 Hrs

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park.   From
4 Hours
Most Popular

Banff Helicopter Flights

A once in a lifetime experience to fly over mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and to the "Matterhorn of
Throughout the day
25 Mins, 35 Mins, 45 Mins
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
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 Banff on horseback

If ground-based activities are more your thing, Banff’s horseback rides bring jaw-dropping scenery to riders right near downtown Banff. As the days grow warmer, try a ride that crosses a river – your horse might even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly.

Horseback ride through the Spray River

5. Get out on the water!

As the lakes and rivers thaw, it’s the perfect time to soak in the scenery from the water. Choose from a lake cruise on Banff’s largest lake, stand up paddle boarding tours, scenic float tours or whitewater rafting.

Take a fun SUP group tour in Banff
Photo Credit: Victoria Wakefield @hike365

6. Try alpine climbing at a local mountain

Looking for an extra thrill? One of the most popular Banff summer activities, Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata, gives you the opportunity to climb a mountain while safely secured with a harness and a professional guide. Choose from 4 route lengths, from an introductory 2.5 hour tour to a full day experience complete with a mountain top lunch and an apres climbing platter.

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Is June a good time to visit Banff?

July and August are typically the busiest months in Banff, and June and September are popular choices for those looking for off-peak rates and warm weather.

Are lakes thawed in Banff in June?

Most lakes in Banff National Park fully thaw in June, including Lake Louise, although the famous turquoise colour is best viewed in July and August.

Is Moraine Lake open in June?

Moraine Lake is open in June, and can be accessed by self-driving or on a small group public tour. Please remember that parking is extremely limited at this popular lake.

How far is Lake Louise and Moraine Lake?

Moraine Lake is 14km from Lake Louise, with limited parking at each lake. It is possible to self-drive between the two lakes, however joining a tour guarantees you can see both lakes.

Are there helicopter tours over Banff?

Scenic helicopter flights depart from Canmore, 20 minutes from Banff, and fly over scenic locations in Banff National Park including mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes.