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Another Season to Discover the Magic of Banff National Park

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Summer Activities & Adventures in Banff National Park

You will never run out of adventures in Banff and Lake Louise! Soaring to new heights in the Lake Louise Gondola to view bears and other wildlife. Testing your nerves on Mt. Norquay’s sky high Via Ferrata.  All this, plus cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, lake cruises, gondola sightseeing, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.  Explore your own backyard and visit Banff National Park this summer. 

SKIBIG3 ADVENTURE HUB

Your headquarters for summer adventures. Rent your e-bike to ride on the Legacy Trail, Bow Valley Parkway, or Minnewanka Loop. Test out a paddleboard (SUP) on Johnson Lake, Two Jack or Vermillion Lakes. 

To learn more about the local area, rent a bike, or book tickets for many of Banff National Park’s best summer attractions, stop by the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub.

SkiBig3 Adventure Hub
114 Banff Ave.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 1-403-762-4754

EXPLORE BANFF ON E-BIKE

Banff National Park is a cyclist’s dream.  With the help of our Adventure Hub team, you’ll be  taking in stunning scenery from two wheels and it won’t leave you breathless. Discover the Banff-Canmore Legacy Trail, the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Johnson Canyon, or the Minnewanka Loop. Our fleet of E-bikes can get you cruising up and down the hills in no time.

In-Store Rental Rates: (available April through October)

  • Full Day (24 hours) $79
  • Half Day (4 hours) $55

Book your adventure online and save.  Plan to use the e-bike rain or shine? Pre-pay our non-refundable amount and increase the savings!

PADDLEBOARD OUR PRISTINE LAKES

Discover the beauty of Banff National Park at your own pace! With the help of our Adventure Hub team, you’ll be gliding across a pristine mountain lake in no time. Rent from our fleet of inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUP) and start your adventure today.

In-Store Rental Rates: Available June thru September (weather permitting)

  • Full Day (24 hours) $69 – $79 based on availability
  • Half Day (4 hours) $59

Book your adventure online and save.  Planning on paddling rain or shine? Pre-pay our non-refundable amount and increase your savings!

SUMMER LODGING PACKAGES

Explore and discover Banff National Park this summer. SkiBig3 is pleased to partner with local lodging properties to provide exceptional summer hotel packages for Canadian travellers looking to hike, bike, paddle and explore their own backyard.

SIGHTSEEING & VIA FERRATA AT MT NORQUAY

HANDS ON ADVENTURE ABOVE THE CLOUDS

June 12 – October 11, 2021 (weather permitting)

Looking for the thrill of a lifetime? Challenge yourself to climb Banff’s only Via Ferrata (Italian for the Iron Path) at Mt. Norquay.  Rated the area’s top activity on Trip Advisor, this exhilarating ascent into the cliffs high above the ski area offers jaw-dropping views. Lead by a certified guide, you make your way up a fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. The exposure is real, but so is the safety. No climbing experience is necessary, just the physical ability to climb a ladder and a healthy spirit of adventure. 

Want the view without the climb? Soar above Banff with a ride on the Sightseeing Chairlift. Perfect for friends and family, enjoy breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley from 7000ft.

  • Adult (16+): $39
  • Child (6-15):  $25
  • Family (2 adult/2 children): $115
  • Children 5 and under: Free

Choose from six amazing  Via Ferrata Experiences:  

  • Explorer Route – $175  ( 2.5 hour )
  • Ridgewalker Route – $225 ( 4 hour )
  • Alpinist Route – $250 (4-5 hour)
  • Skyline Route – $290 ( 5 hour)
  • Summiteer Route – $365 ( 6 hour)
  • Mountaineer Route – $455 (8 hour)

LAKE LOUISE GONDOLA

ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO SEE WILD GRIZZLY BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Enjoy breathtaking alpine views and the chance to spot grizzly bears who call these slopes home during the summer months on a spectacular ride up the Lake Louise Gondola.  Cruise for 14 minutes in an open chair or fully enclosed gondola to 2,088m (6,850ft) amid stunning mountain scenery. Up for a challenge? Then tackle the summit of Mt. Whitehorn. Whatever your fitness level, also be sure to bring your camera to capture your own special memories of soaring peaks, stunning glaciers, lush carpets of alpine wildflowers fed by clear springs and delightful glimpses of wildlife.

 

Summer Sightseeing Gondola: Opening June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021 thru mid-September (weather permitting)

Ticket prices:

  • Adult (18+)  $49.99
  • Youth (13-17) $24.99
  • Child (6-12)  $9.99
  • 5 and under free (minimum age 2 years)

Guided Hikes

Explore the stunning Rocky Mountain environments of Banff and Yoho National Parks with one of our professional interpretive guides and learn about our unique wildlife, beautiful flora and rich history along the way!

Trail of the Great Bear (45 minutes) – $16.95
This guided informational walk that addresses a question most of us have here in bear country, “What should I do if I see a bear?” You’ll learn about bear behavior and how to stay safe. – Difficulty: Easy

Trail of Ice and Fire (2 hours) – $29.95
Take in the spectacular views and witness the evidence of the ice and fire that shaped the landscape. – Difficulty: Moderate

Trail of 7 Wonders (3.5 hours) – $55.95
Learn about seven endangered and valued species that live and grow here in the Banff National Park. – Difficulty: Moderate

Trail of the Larches (4 hours) – $55.95
Take in the spectacular views and witness the evidence of the ice and fire that shaped the landscape. – Difficulty: Moderate

Sunshine Meadows & Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Stroll amid soaring peaks

Sunshine Meadows is one of the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Situated at an average elevation of 2,220m (7,300ft), the Meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and BC.

A network of gentle trails wind their way through the Meadows and offer a range of walking for all abilities; from easy one and two hour strolls, to challenging full-day hikes to Quartz Ridge, Healy Pass, or beyond. You can choose to hike on your own or join one of the full-day guided hikes. Many of the trails are considered gentle and suitable for everyone.

Important Update: Due to restrictions associated with Covid-19, Banff Sunshine will be closed for the summer season. Banff Sunshine will be re-opening for the 20/21 winter season.

Ticket prices:  (June 28 – September 8)

 

Gondola & Standish Lift: 8 am – 6 pm

  • Adult:  $45
  • Senior (65+): $42
  • Family (2 Adults/2 Youth): $109
  • Youth/Children (6- 15):  $23
  • Toddler 0 – 5 :  Free

 

Gondola & Standish Lift (Alberta Residents): 8 am – 6 pm

  • Adult:  $39
  • Senior (65+): $37
  • Family (2 Adults/2 Youth): $99
  • Youth/Children (6- 15):  $19
  • Toddler 0 – 5 :  Free

Proof of residence must be presented to gondola attendant.

Add Ons: 45 minute and 90 minute interpretive tours can be added to your Sunshine Village Sightseeing tickets.

Learn more about the alpine flowers in Sunshine Meadows.

Also, visit the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub for more information and to book your hiking experience to Sunshine Meadows.

Book an overnight stay at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.  The lodge is open for visitors from June 28th through until September 8th.

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