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. Get those brag-worthy Instagram shots
Banff National Park has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and is well known for its turquoise lakes, jagged mountain peaks and glaciers. But how will you get the best photos at all of these stunning locations without the hassles of limited parking and selfie sticks? Join Banff’s small group InstaBanff Tour to Banff’s most scenic photo spots including Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, complete with a scenic restaurant lunch, local guide and photo props.
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!
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. There’s also our new small group InstaBanff Tour that includes photo stops at both famous lakes.
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.
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.
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.