Banff, Canada and the surrounding Banff National Park are among the premiere summer vacation destinations in North America, if not the world. Its high latitudes coupled with its mountain elevations make this part of the Canadian Rockies ideal for summer fun – scenic alpine vistas, sparkling blue lakes, verdant forests and mountain meadows filled with wildflowers – all under a crystal Albertan sky.
Despite the amount of precipitation experienced in the Canadian Rockies each year, the humidity during the summer months is low, particularly in July and August. Temperatures are nice, with average highs between 21- and 22-degrees Celsius (or about 70- to 72-degrees Fahrenheit, to you Yanks). And in summer in the Canadian Rockies you’ve got plenty of daylight for outdoor recreation – at the summer solstice it’s still light out after 11 p.m.!
Just a word of advice about summer in the high latitudes and elevations to be found in Banff National Park and throughout Western Canada: the UV rating in Banff National Park tends to be high. Between the altitude and the angle of the Sun people burn easily: sunscreen, sunglasses and a good wide-brimmed hat are a must when you hit the trail, hop in the boat, or hit the links for a round of golf.
Gondolas are a perfect option for the whole family to enjoy scenic mountain beauty and Canadian Rockies wildlife. They operate in both Banff and Lake Louise.
Many choose luxury resort and boutique hotel accommodations, but camping is a great way to enjoy Banff National Park and Canadian Rockies.
Whether you prefer mountain biking or road cycling, a bicycle is an excellent way to take in the scenic beauty of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
Banff National Park has it all: placid alpine lakes; lazy, slow rivers; rippling, foamy mountain creeks and epic whitewater. Perfect for canoeing and kayaking.
Like heli-skiing, heli-hiking lets you enjoy the fresh air and scenic alpine beauty of the Canadian Rockies in and around Banff National Park via helicopter.
Tremendous mountainous terrain in the Continental Divide and the Canadian Rockies makes for excellent rock climbing in Banff National Park.
If roaring waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows, snowcapped peaks and wildlife interest you, then a sightseeing tour in Banff National Park is for you.
Get close to nature and enjoy the wilderness of Banff National Park and the surrounding areas of the Canadian Rockies. Strap a backpack on and hit the trail.
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