Summer in Banff & Lake Louise


Summer activities and packages

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. Hiking the best high alpine trails in the Canadian Rockies in Sunshine Meadows. Testing your nerves on Mt. Norquay’s sky high Via Ferrata.  All this, plus cycling, hiking, lake cruises, sightseeing heli-flights, heli-hiking tours, horseback riding, fishing excursions, caving expeditions, rafting, canoeing and kayaking. 

Book your summer accommodation today and start planning your vacation to Banff National Park!

Banff Ski Hub

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 Banff Hub.

Come and visit our friendly and helpful team for all your in-destination planning needs.

To learn more about the local area, rent a bike to cruise the Legacy Trail,  or book tickets for many of Banff National Park’s best summer attractions. We also have ski area logo merchandise in-store just in case you are looking for that ski souvenir.

119 Banff Ave.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 1-403-762-4754

Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay

Experience high flying adventure on Mt. Norquay’s Via Ferrata

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. 

Choose from three amazing  Via Ferrata experiences:  

  • The 2.5 hour Explorer Route for those wanting an introductory taste for mountaineering
  • The 4 hour Ridgewalker Route that takes you high up on the Norquay cliffs, climbing Memorial, Sunrise and Vista buttresses and traversing the suspension bridge
  • The 6 hour Mountaineer Route, which traverses a high alpine ridge leading to the East Summit of Mt. Norquay. Installed in May 2015, this full day via ferrata experience includes an additional NEW 3-wire suspension bridge over an impressive chasm, and beautiful 360 degree views.

You’ll also get the chance to enjoy a round-trip ride on the historic North American Chairlift, learn about the important connection between the wildlife and the environment in Banff National Park, and enjoy a refreshing drink on the rooftop patio of the Cliffhouse Bistro.

To book your Via Ferrata experience, stop by The Banff Hub.

Lake Louise Gondola

Banff National Park is 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.

Lake Louise Gondola is open seven-days-a-week starting from May 15, 2015. Visit the Banff Hub for prices and bookings. Owners of the 2015/2016 Big3 Season Pass ride lift for half price and get $5 off breakfast/lunch buffets. Up to 4 guests can also receive Summer Buddy passes with $5 off Lift, or $5 off Ride & Dine packages.

Sunshine Meadows

Stroll amid soaring peaks in Sunshine Meadows

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.

Gondola Operations:

  • Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (July 1 – September 5)
  • Long-weekend holidays (July 1, August 1, September 5)
  • 9 am – 6 pm
  • Gondola Cost:
    • Adult:  $39
    • Children (6- 15):  $21
    • Children 0 – 5 :  Free
  • Standish Chair Add-On:
    • Adult:  $13
    • Children (6 – 15): $7

During the week, White Mountain Adventures operates buses from the lower parking lot to Sunshine Meadows.  Tickets are $29 and $16 respectively and are available at The Banff Hub.

Trapper’s, the historic restaurant in the Old Sunshine Lodge, which first opened in 1928, offers excellent dining options on weekends.

Click here to learn more about the alpine flowers in Sunshine Meadows.

Also, visit The Banff Hub for more information and to book your hiking experience to Sunshine Meadows.

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