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. Whitewater Rafting
The water has never been better for rafting – no matter the level, we have a trip suitable for all guests. Whitewater rafting is a unique way to experience an otherwise inaccessible area, with the added thrill of rapids and remoteness.
2. Helicopter Sightseeing Flights
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. Traveling to Jasper? Stop along the way for a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing flight over the Columbia Icefields!
3. Horseback Trail Rides
If ground-based activities are more your thing, Banff Trail Riders’ horseback rides bring jaw-dropping scenery to riders right here in 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.
4. Guided Hikes
June is the start of hiking season, and the perfect time to see wildflowers in bloom. 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. A gourmet picnic lunch and transport is provided – we’ll even bring the bear spray!
5. Deluxe Lake Louise Tour
As the crowds grow and the lakes thaw, 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.
6. Via Ferrata Alpine Climbing
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.