Great Summer Adventure Activities in Banff National Park

Banff National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking views, including one of the most photographed mountain scenes – Lake Louise with the snowy peaks of the Rockies as its backdrop.

This is also one of the premiere summer travel destinations in North America with the chance to participate in a wide variety of fun activities surrounded by alpine vistas, brilliant wildflower filled meadows, dazzling turquoise lakes and streams all under some of the brightest blue skies the Rocky Mountain region is known for.

Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure or something on the mild side, Banff offers a wide variety of summertime activities that will satisfy most everyone.

Fly fishing

The park encompasses over 2,500 square miles that are filled with dozens of lakes, streams and rivers offering outstanding fly fishing opportunities, especially in the summer. Bow River is a popular spot to increase your odds of a catch with big, robust trout swimming through pools of deep, slow-moving water.

Pick up a permit at the park’s information office or at campground kiosks – it’s good at any of the area parks including Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.


Trails through this unparalleled scenery offer everything from relatively flat, easy hikes to challenging treks up a steep mountain face with all offering amazing views and the chance to be a part of this wild, remote wilderness.

Whether you choose to cross the Continental Divide, hike the trail to the waterfalls of Johnson Canyon or the path to one of the many gorgeous glaciers, you’re sure to be rewarded greatly for your efforts.

Horseback riding

Exploring the beautiful backcountry on horseback brings the opportunity to be at one with the spectacular wilderness enjoying panoramic views while indulging a long standing western tradition. No experience is required, with horses available for beginners as well as those who prefer a little challenge.

Whitewater rafting

Whether you’re looking to peacefully float down a tranquil river, for an adrenaline-filled rush with Class IV rapids or something in between, there are a variety of whitewater rafting trips that are sure to satisfy most everyone.

There are also a wide range outfitters in the region, all include tours with licensed guides and all of the gear you’ll need with many offering lunch and other extra amenities. This is an adventure that even a teenager will love.

Lake Louise Gondola

The Lake Louise Gondola is open mid-May through the end of September and offers the chance to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of the park, including the “Jewel of the Rockies.”

You might even spot some of the park’s abundant wildlife including Grizzly bears, black and brown bears, cougars, lynx, wolves, mountain goats, moose, big horn sheep and wolverines – the most frequent sightings occur between June and September.