Banff Summer Activities

Summertime in Banff: Warm Temperatures, Clear Blue Skies, and Daylight that Lasts Forever

Wildflowers in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kootenay National Park, BC, CanadaBanff, 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.

Things to Do in Banff in Summer

Banff-Lake Louise Gondolas

Banff-Lake Louise Gondolas

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.

Camping Banff National Park

Camping Banff National Park

Many choose luxury resort and boutique hotel accommodations, but camping is a great way to enjoy Banff National Park and Canadian Rockies.

Cycling Around Banff

Cycling Around Banff

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 Canoeing and Kayaking

Banff Canoeing and Kayaking

Banff National Park has it all: placid alpine lakes; lazy, slow rivers; rippling, foamy mountain creeks and epic whitewater. Perfect for canoeing and kayaking.

Heli-Hiking Banff National Park

Heli-Hiking Banff National Park

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.

Rock Climbing Banff National Park

Rock Climbing Banff National Park

Tremendous mountainous terrain in the Continental Divide and the Canadian Rockies makes for excellent rock climbing in Banff National Park.

Sightseeing and Wildlife Tours

Sightseeing and Wildlife Tours

If roaring waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows, snowcapped peaks and wildlife interest you, then a sightseeing tour in Banff National Park is for you.

Canadian Rockies Backpacking Near Lake Louise

Canadian Rockies Backpacking Near Lake Louise

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.

More Things to Do in and Around Banff


Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on an ATV Tour. Or have fun Ziplining in Banff, Alberta!

Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta

Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Raft Jasper!

Raft the Kicking Horse
in Banff, Alberta

The Kicking Horse River is one of the best
known for rafting tours...

White Water Rafting in
the Canadian Rockies

Experience whitewater adventure in the Canadian Rockies...

Golf Banff
Golf Jasper
The best & most beautiful golf courses in the Canadian Rockies...

Canadian Rockies
Golf Guide

Golf BC, Jasper, Banff and the beautiful Canadian Rockies....