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What's Happening in Banff and Lake Louise this July

Published Date
Jul 8, 2021
A Jeep drives down the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park with Castle Mountain in the background.

Whether you are searching for a new event to experience with your loved ones, a new transit offer to make travelling around the park easier, or even a new afternoon adventure to get your hearts racing, there is plenty on offer this July in the Banff and Lake Louise area.

We Will Meet You in the Mountains

Welcome! It’s been a long hard year, and we can’t wait to catch up with you.

Banff and Lake Louise are more than mountain tops, glacier lakes, and wildlife. It’s a community of people. People united around a love of this place and the stories that it tells. Banff and Lake Louise are so stoked to see you. Welcome to a spectacular summer in Banff and Lake Louise.

We can’t wait to meet you in the mountains!

Banff Gondola Free Shuttle

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat and take in the sights? Enjoy an 8-minute ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Take a stroll along the 360-degree viewing platform, venture out along the boardwalk trail, or immerse yourselves in the interactive exhibits. With plenty of dining options available, you can also enjoy your peak views with peak cuisine!

This summer, visiting the Banff Gondola is even easier with the Free Banff Gondola Shuttle. This service runs daily every hour from July 3 to September 13. Pick-ups and drop-offs are at the Banff Information Kiosk (Banff Train Station) and the Elk + Avenue Hotel along Banff Avenue. You can find the full schedule here.

*Please note parking at the Banff Gondola is limited

Go for a walk on the Art in Nature Trail

Starting July 17, explore the wonder of art and nature intertwined on the Art in Nature Trail in the heart of the Banff townsite. The revitalizing power of the wilderness is the inspiration for 20 art installations lining the walking trails in the heart of Banff. Regional artists have crafted each art piece as a tribute to the strength and beauty of nature. The Art in Nature Trail follows the banks of the Bow River in an exploration of creativity, offering a different perspective for all who revere the Rockies.

Location: Trails Along the Bow River in Banff
Event Dates: July 17 to September 6
*No tickets or registration required.

Take Advantage of the Bike Valet on Banff Avenue

Banff and Lake Louise have some of the best cycling opportunities in Canada, with roads like the Bow Valley Parkway to ride and countless mountain biking trails. But what do you do with your bike after enjoying any of the numerous cycling experiences available in the Banff and Lake Louise area? You end your day by taking advantage of the free Bike Valet and exploring the Banff townsite. Whether you are looking to grab lunch on a patio, do some shopping, or even just indulging in a sweet treat, use the Banff Bike Valet to store your bike while exploring the town. Open seven days/week from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm. The valet is located in the Pedestrian Zone south of the Visitor Centre building (224 Banff Ave), beside visitor services tents operated by Parks Canada and Banff and Lake Louise Tourism.

Time: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Days: 7 days/week through summer
Location: South of the Banff Visitor Centre Building (224 Banff Ave)
Cost: Free

Parkway to Pint

Cycling and craft beer enthusiasts unite! For the ultimate summer activity, the Lake Louise Ski Resort encourages you to grab your bike and head out to Banff to begin a biking challenge along the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A).

This 58 km ride along the stunning scenic parkway takes you to the Summer Gondola in Lake Louise. Show the servers at Banded Peak Base Camp your Strava or Garmin activity and receive a free swag bag to take home, which includes a Banded Peak beer and a Parkway to Pint t-shirt! You can also indulge in food and drink specials for participants only as you cool off from your adventure. Take advantage of this unique way to spend a summer day in Banff National Park.

*Pick any day from July 1 – September 19 to participate

Cyclists mounted on bike underneath the Welcome sign on the Bow Valley ParkwayCyclists mounted on bike underneath the Welcome sign on the Bow Valley ParkwayCyclists mounted on bike underneath the Welcome sign on the Bow Valley Parkway

Banff Farmer’s Market

The Banff Farmer’s Market (formerly the Banff Mountain Market) is a summer tradition held every Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm until October 6, rain or shine. The market is located in Central Park, right off Banff Ave and offers a beautiful mountain backdrop. The market provides an excellent selection of over 80 local and regional vendors selling fruits, vegetables, food trucks, artwork, jewelry, apparel, beauty products, coffee, and much more. Pick up something fresh and local on your next mid-week journey to Banff.

Location: Banff Central Park (110 Bear St)

Event Dates: Every Wednesday (May 26 to October 6)

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

The 1A from Castle Junction to Johnston Canyon is open, but you Should Still Bike It

As of July 1, a small portion of the Bow Valley Parkway (Castle Junction to the Johnston Canyon trailhead) has reopened for vehicle access. Visitors can now enjoy 30 km of scenic driving (Lake Louise to Johnston Canyon).

Public transit is now reservable and highly recommended when visiting Johnston Canyon as parking is extremely limited.

Visitors can also still enjoy 17 km of cycling from the Fireside Day Use area to Johnston Canyon as this portion of the parkway remains closed to public vehicles. This is one of the best ways to experience the parkway, as you ride at a leisurely pace and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

A car drives the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park at sunset with Castle Mountain in the background.A car drives the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park at sunset with Castle Mountain in the background.A car drives the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park at sunset with Castle Mountain in the background.
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism

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