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.
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.
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.
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.
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.