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Summer

Summer in Banff and Lake Louise

Summer in Banff and Lake Louise

Summer in Banff and Lake Louise is all about sunshine, mountain adventures, and moments full of vibrant beauty. Try something you never have before, like rock climbing or horseback riding; be wowed by the spectacular beauty of Banff National Park’s mountains, lakes, and valleys on a scenic drive or helicopter flight; or unwind beside a campfire under the starry sky or on a sunny outdoor patio.

Summer Activities 

  • Hiking

    From short walks to mountaintop treks, hiking in Banff & Lake Louise is easy to access and stunningly scenic.
  • Paddling

    Canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard on the pristine waterways of Banff National Park.
  • Biking

    Take the family for a spin along the river or climb as many hills as your legs can handle.
  • Sightseeing & Tours

    Walk on the Columbia Icefields, take a helicopter or boat tour, or conquer a summit on a guided hike.
  • Gondolas

    Panoramic and unforgettable bird’s eye views of Banff and Lake Louise.
  • Horseback Riding

    Relive the ranching way of life on one of Banff & Lake Louise’s spectacular horseback tours.
  • Caving & Canyoning

    Explore the depths of the Canadian Rockies like never before with a caving or canyoning adventure.
  • Climbing

    Practice your climbing skills indoors, or take them outdoors with the help of a guide or a Via Ferrata tour.
  • Fishing

    Enjoy the year-round tranquility of fishing in some of the most picturesque waters in the world.
  • Rafting

    Float down tranquil waters or speed through rushing rapids, all with experienced guides.
  • Scooter

    Experience the thrill of cruising through the Canadian Rockies on two wheels.

Places to Stay

Banff and Lake Louise has a full range of accommodation options, whatever your budget or preferences. To explore all the accommodation options in Banff and Lake Louise, see our Places to Stay page.

Family-friendly or Romantic Getaway

If you’re visiting with your family, there are many family-friendly condos and chalets available. For a romantic break, a cozy bed & breakfast could be exactly what you're looking for.

Backcountry Lodges

For a truly remote stay in the wilderness of Banff National Park, pack your things and head to a backcountry lodge. Skoki Lodge is located in the Lake Louise area and is accessible by hiking in the summer time. Sundance Lodge is located in the Banff area and is accessible by horseback in the summer months. Both lodges offer an escape from your everyday life and an opportunity to make lasting memories.

Camping Out

If you like the idea of going to sleep with just canvas between you and the millions of stars in the sky, explore camping options throughout Banff National Park. Parks Canada has many frontcountry and backcountry campsites in the Banff, Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas.

Be aware that campsites book up quickly when they are released for the season (usually in January), so plan ahead and be prepared to book early.

Campfire Two Jack Campsite Banff National Park Jake Dyson

Where to Eat

All the sunshine and outdoor fun is hunger-making! Whether you want a cold beer brewed with glacial water at the locals’ hangout spot, a sandwich for your alpine picnic, or cocktails and dancing, you will be able to find what you are looking for in Banff and Lake Louise.

There are so many choices for food and drinks in the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise, from distilled spirits and microbrews, to delicious juices for breakfast, pizza or picnics for lunch, and Western style steak or vegan meals for dinner. Visit our dining page for a full list of your options.

Outdoor patios

Banff prides itself on its patio scene. During the long days of summer, savour the lingering light and the opportunity to have a long lunch with friends or enjoy a beer after your hike. Many of the restaurants and cafés in town have patios - check out our summer patio and rooftop patio blogs for inspo!

Banff and Lake Louise Rooftop patio
Dining with a view

Take your dining experience to new heights with a mountaintop restaurant or enjoy your meal with a million dollar view lakeside at Lake Louise. No matter your preference, Banff and Lake Louise has an abundance of dining options with incredible vistas. Take a look at our guide to scenic restaurants for more.

Banff Farmers Market

The Banff Farmers Market is legendary in the area for amazing local produce, delicious home-baked goods, and arts and crafts. You’ll find it on Bear Street every Wednesday during the summer between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.. Also check our guide for other healthy food choices in Banff.

Getting Around

Banff and Lake Louise are very easy to get around by foot, bike, public transit, and shuttles. With just a bit of planning, you can use these modes of transit and avoid dealing with traffic and parking.

Public Transit

Getting around Banff National Park is easier than ever, just make sure you plan ahead! With several shuttles and Roam Transit options, find the easiest routes around Banff, Canmore, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. For more information visit explorethepark.ca.

Walking

Walking is a great option in both the town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise. There are always the local buses and shuttles to help you get around if your legs are tired after a big day out. Read about our tips for exploring on two feet.

Family walks in along the Fenlands trail in Banff

Cycle

Banff National Park provides some of the most scenic backdrops for your cycling adventures. Jump on two wheels to get around town, or even out of town. Whether you are wanting to stay on the road, or get off the road and do some mountain biking, there is something for everyone. For trail suggestions or rental options, our biking page has more information for you.

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Plan Your Stay

Browse and book accommodation and lodging packages with our trip planning tool. To learn about the different types of accommodation available in Banff and Lake Louise, visit our Places to Stay page or Contact Us to speak to a local expert.