What To Do In Banff In June
See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours

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.

Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies

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!

Alpine Heli Hike Landing at Charles Mount Stewart
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta/Anthony Redpath

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.

Horseback Ride Spray River Banff Trail Riders

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!

Alpine Wildflowers, Sunshine Meadows

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.

See Lake Louise with Discover Banff Tours

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.

The best Banff activities in June

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
9:00am, 12:30pm
4 Hours
Visit Lake Louise in the evening on the Deluxe Lake Louise 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 - 5 Hours

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

Banff Alpine Heli & Hike

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

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
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
Hiking Lake Louise
Most Popular

Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
7 Hours
Guided alpine climbing on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route
Most Popular

Via Ferrata Ridgewalker - 4 Hours

To get a greater feel of heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker on this half-day
8:30am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
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” is the pinnacle Via Ferrata adventure and traverses an alpine ridge crossing a 3-wire suspension bridge over a
9:00am, 10:00am, 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

Via Ferrata Explorer - 2.5 Hours

Step out of your comfort zone and join your guide on the mountain on the Explorer Route climbing up to
9:00am, 10:00am, 3:30pm
2.5 Hours

Horseback Ride - Sulphur Mtn 3 Hrs

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park. From snow-capped
9:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours

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
12 Mins, 25 Mins, 30 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

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