Top 10 Best Things to Do in Banff in Summer
Children and families love meeting the horses on a carriage ride or wagon ride

Check out our top ten summer things to do in Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.

10. VIA FERRATA CLIMBING TOURS

Cross a suspension bridge on the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata Explorer Route
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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
4.5-5 Hours
Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route at Banff Mt Norquay
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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
6 Hours

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

9. HORSEBACK RIDING

Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseshoe Canyon Raft + Horseback Ride

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids through Horseshoe Canyon, then take a scenic horseback ride along the glacier-fed Bow
12+
May-Sep

Horseback + Gondola + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and soak in mineral hot springs. 
8+
Apr-Oct

Erling Strom Trail Lodge - 3 Nights

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West, tracing the paths that the early pioneers used while exploring these untamed forests.   On
4 Days
Wednesday

Halfway Lodge - 5 Nights

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this with rugged scenery and quintessential mountain
6 Days
Thursday, Sunday

Sundance Explorer - 2 Nights

Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry lodge
3 Days
Monday

Sundance Overnight - 1 Night

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time? Then this 2
2 Days
Saturday

Horseback Ride + Gondola + Lake Cruise

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and cruise Banff's scenic and historical
8+
May-Oct

Kananaskis River Raft + Horseback Ride

Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then take a horseback ride along the scenic Bow River. Included: Kananaskis
8+
May-Sep
Sightsee over Banff from the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback + Chairlift + Hot Springs

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar to 7,000' on an open-air chairlift and soak in hot springs.
8+
Jun-Oct

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
Horseback Ride to a Cowboy Steak Cookout with Discover Banff Tours
Family Fun

Horseback Ride + Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take in mountain views on a relaxing ride along the Bow River. Then, enjoy a Cowboy BBQ dinner and some
4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Family Carriage Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Family Fun

Private Downtown Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride
Throughout the day
15 Mins, 30 Mins, 1 Hour

Horseback Ride - Sundance Loop 2 Hrs

Ride along the Bow River, past the Cave & Basin hot springs and up to the Windy Knoll viewpoint. This
9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
2 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
12:30pm
4 Hours
Banff Covered Wagon
Family Fun

Wagon Ride + Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take in the scenery on a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River, enjoy a cowboy steak BBQ cookout, and
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours

Horseback Ride - Bow Valley Loop 3 Hrs

This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery from the Cave & Basin area to a thick, lush forest. As
1:30pm
3 Hours
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback Ride - Bow River 1 Hr

A ride along the tranquil Bow River is a perfect introduction to horseback riding in Banff National Park. Home to
Throughout the day
1 Hour

8. WATER ACTIVITIES

Big hit on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
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Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
Family Fun

Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting

Get ready for awesome Banff Rafting!  You'll get splashed by the frothy swells of the rushing river but it won’t
1:30pm
4 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 this
8:15am
4 Hours
Take a scenic river tour and float along the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies
Family Fun

Float Trips

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour

7. HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING

Helicopter Tour near Banff, Canadian Rockies
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Icefields Helicopter Tours

See the Canadian Rockies on our spectacular Icefield helicopter tours with breathtaking views of glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins

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

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
Most Popular

Canmore Helicopter Tours

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

6. SIGHTSEEING IN BANFF

Banff Avenue in the Summer
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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

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
Throughout the day
Open Ticket

5. HIKES & WALKS

Take a guided hike to Larch Valley with Discover Banff Tours
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Banff Ghost Walk

Spend a spook-tacular evening unearthing the ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of Banff’s streets. Take
7:00pm
1 Hour 40 minutes

Private Hiking Tours

Looking for a guide to lead your group on Banff or Lake Louise's hiking trails? Our private full-day hiking tours
10 Hours
All Ages

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
Hiking Lake Louise
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Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
8:00am
7 Hours

4. SPOTTING WILDLIFE

See bears in Banff National Park on a wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
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Wolfdog Sanctuary - Self Guided

The self-guided walk through this Wolfdog Sanctuary in the Yamnuska area lets visitors see the sanctuary at their own pace,
Throughout the day
1 Hour

Wolfdog Sanctuary - Intro

Want to know more about wolfdogs? Learn all about the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and our wolfdog rescue initiatives during a
10:45am, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 12:15pm
30 Mins

Private Wildlife Tours

Looking for a more in depth way to connect with Banff's wildlife? Book a private wildlife tour of Banff National
5 Hours
All Ages
See elk and other animals on a Banff wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
Most Popular

Evening Wildlife Safari

Where do you find the animals of Banff when the sun goes down? Your guide will know! So keep your
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, Varies seasonally
2 Hours
Limited Space

Wolfdog Sanctuary - Interactive

Come enjoy an up-close and intimate look at wolves and wolfdogs on this semi-private guided sanctuary tour with plenty of photo
10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
45 Mins

Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay
8:30am
10 Hours

3. ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

Drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway on the Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Icefields Helicopter Tours

See the Canadian Rockies on our spectacular Icefield helicopter tours with breathtaking views of glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins

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

Columbia Icefield Tour

Explore The Canadian Rockies on a Columbia Icefield Adventure The Columbia Icefield is a truly awe-inspiring natural wonder, and it
8:00am
11 Hours

2. GONDOLAS & CHAIRLIFTS

Banff Gondola View in the Summer
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Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Experience The Stunning Views On The Lake Louise Gondola Cruise on the Lake Louise Gondola for 14 glorious minutes to
Throughout the day
Open Ticket

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
Throughout the day
Open Ticket

1. SEEING LAKE LOUISE

See Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau Hotel with Discover Banff Tours
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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

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Experience The Stunning Views On The Lake Louise Gondola Cruise on the Lake Louise Gondola for 14 glorious minutes to
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
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 the iconic Lake Louise—famous for its jewel-like water nestled between rugged
7:00am, 8:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
4.25 Hours

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