Summer in Banff & Lake Louise

Summer

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. 

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 – visit the Banff Ski Hub.  Here you will also find some of the finest ski souvenirs in the area!

The Banff Ski Hub
119 Banff Ave.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 1-403-762-4754
Hours of Operation:  9 am – 7 pm

Tunnel Mountain Bike Trail

Bike Rentals from the Banff Ski Hub

Get your exercise by cruising along the many bike-friendly paths in Banff National Park. Take in the spectacular sites while exploring different secluded areas such as Sundance Canyon, Vermillion Lakes or the popular Legacy Trail.

Bike rentals available for $13 per hour or $36 for a full day.  Early morning & twilight rates starting from $7 per hour. All bikes come included with a helmet, bike lock and map of the area. Visit the Banff Ski Hub now to learn more.

Sightseeing & 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 four 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
  • NEW!  The 5 hour Skyline Route includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall and crosses an “airy” 55m suspension bridge.
  • The 6 hour Summiteer Route is the pinnacle of Norquay’s Via Ferrata adventures. A continuation of the brand-new ‘Skyline’ route this 6-hour route traverses the alpine ridge crossing an additional 3-wire suspension bridge over an impressive chasm.

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.

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.

Summer Sightseeing Chairlift:

Ticket prices:

  • Adult (16+)  $29.95
  • Child (6-15)  $19.95
  • 5 and under free (minimum age 2 years)

Summer operations at Mt Norquay start on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 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.

Summer Sightseeing Gondola:  

Ticket prices:

  • Adult:  $34.95
  • Children (6- 15):  $16.95
  • Children 0 – 5 :  Free
  • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $99.00

Guided Walks: Trail of the Great Bear (45 minutes)

A 45 minute easy, 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.

  • Time: On the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily
  • Cost: $9.95 (Free for children under 5)

Ride & Dine Packages

Upgrade your Gondola Lift Ticket to a Ride & Dine package and enjoy an amazing buffet breakfast or lunch and more. A gourmet lunch option “Gondola & Gourmet” is available starting June 3.

Lake Louise Gondola is open seven-days-a-week starting from May 12, 2017. Visit the Banff Hub for prices and bookings. 

Sunshine Meadows & Sunshine Mountain Lodge

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.

Summer operations at Sunshine Village start on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Gondola & Standish Lift:  (Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon) 8 am – 6 pm

Ticket prices (June 30 – September 4):

  • Adult:  $42
  • Children (6- 15):  $21
  • Children 0 – 5 :  Free

Shuttle Bus & Standish Lift: (Tues/Wed/Thurs) 8 am – 6 pm

Ticket prices:  (June 30 – September 24)

  • Adult:  $35
  • Children (6- 15):  $19
  • Children 0 – 5 :  Free

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

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.

New for 2017, book an overnight stay at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.  The lodge is now open for visitors from June 30th through until September 23rd.

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