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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, kayaking, hiking, lake cruises, gondola sightseeing, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.  Explore your own backyard and visit Banff National Park this summer. 


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) or tandem kayak 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


Banff National Park is a cyclist’s dream. Discover the Banff-Canmore Legacy Trail, the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Johnson Canyon, or the Minnewanka Loop. Our fleet of E-bikes will have you cruising in no time.

In-Store Rental Rates (2023) – available starting May 15

  • Full Day (24 hours) $89 (Mon thru Thurs)
  • Full Day (24 hours) $99 (Fri / Sat / Sun)
  • Half Day (4 hours) $69 – $72

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


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) or inflatable tandem kayaks and start your adventure today.

In-Store Rental Rates (2023): Available June thru September (weather permitting)

Inflatable Paddleboards Rentals (SUP) – available starting June 15

  • Full Day (24 hours) $79 (Mon thru Thurs)
  • Full Day (24 hours) $85 (Fri / Sat / Sun & holidays)
  • Half Day (4 hours) $59 – $65

Inflatable Tandem Kayak Rentals – available starting May 20

  • Full Day (24 hours) $139 (Mon thru Thurs)
  • Full Day (24 hours) $145 (Fri / Sat / Sun & holidays)

Book online and save.  Planning on paddling rain or shine? Pre-book online and increase your savings!



June 10 – October 8, 2023 (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+): $45.15
  • Child (6-15):  $28.35
  • Children 5 and under: Free

Choose from six amazing  Via Ferrata Experiences:  

  • Explorer Route – $194.25  ( 2.5 hour )
  • Ridgewalker Route – $252.00 ( 4 hour )
  • Alpinist Route – $273 (4-5 hour)
  • Skyline Route – $309.75 ( 5 hour)
  • Summiteer Route – $388.50 ( 6 hour)



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 May 19, 2023

May 19, 2023 thru mid-September (weather permitting)

Ticket prices:

  • Adult (18+): $60
  • Senior (65+): $49
  • Youth (13-17): $25
  • Child (6-12): $13
  • 5 and under free (minimum age 2 years)
  • Family (2 adults & 2 kids): $140

Sunshine Meadows & Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Stroll amid soaring peaks from June 23 – September 10, 2023. 

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.

Sightseeing gondola and chairlift, guided hiking, Trapper’s Restaurant, and Sunshine Mountain Lodge will be open for summer 2023.

Sightseeing Gondola / Standish Chairlift Ticket Prices:

  • Adult (16+): $65
  • Senior (65+): $59
  • Youth/Child (6-15): $32
  • Family (2 Adults / 2 Youth): $159
  • Toddler (0-5): FREE

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