Things to do
Travellers to Banff National Park quickly find out that the incredible scenery inspires not only amazing sightseeing, but also sight-doing! For over 125 years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers and history buffs alike, and each year attracts visitors from all over the world.
In summer, Banff National Park offers a colourful palette of indigo blue rivers and lakes, stunning wildflowers, grassy slopes, icy white glaciers and brown-grey peaks that jut out into a bluebird sky. Warm temperatures provide the perfect climate for outdoor exploration and a myriad of activities. Choose from a range of adventures for many ability levels and explore the landscape with a bike, boat, hiking boot, fishing rod, gondola, golf club – whatever suits you best! Discover on your own or enhance your experience with the help of a knowledgeable guide. At the end of it all, you can relax and unwind at one of Banff’s premier spas or the hot springs.
If culture is calling your name, you’ll enjoy the variety of museums, galleries and historic sites located in Banff National Park. From world-class art exhibits to new works presented at one of Canada’s leading arts institutions, heritage home tours, National Historic Sites and more, Banff has a rich collection of opportunities to immerse yourself fully into its history and heritage – both past and present. Food aficionados will fall in love with the region’s unique array of restaurants and eateries, while shoppers will find the perfect gift or souvenir to take home from the variety of boutiques and shops located in both Banff and Lake Louise.
Fusing it all together – the landscape, outdoor activities, culture and cuisine – are a variety of outstanding festivals and events that occur throughout the season. Enjoy a live outdoor concert with a prominent Canadian band, and cheer on cyclists as they race to the finish line. These are just some of the exciting opportunities the festivals in Banff bring to you in summer.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Banff National Park! All you need to do is get here.