Top 10 Summer Activities that The Whole Family can Enjoy in 2020
1. BBQ Lunch or Picnic at Cascade Ponds
Cascade Ponds boasts plenty of picnic tables with fire pits. Bring your own float and enjoy the water, or put on your comfortable shoes for a stroll through the paths and bridges around the ponds.
If you’re in full vacation mode and don’t want to BBQ, there are plenty of takeout options from a selection of restaurants in Banff for a relaxing picnic with a scenic backdrop.
2. Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard on The Bow River
Paddle upstream on the Bow River or through a narrow channel to the Vermillion Lakes. This area is home to a variety of wildlife including blue herons, beavers, elk, and moose. Bring your own floatation device or rent at Banff Canoe Club, located right on the Bow River.
3. Via Ferrata – Mount Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
Rated the #1 Banff activity on Tripadvisor for its immaculate views and breathtaking experience. Scale a mountain under the supervision of a fully certified ACMG mountain guide while connected to a secure steel cable. After your exhilarating adventure above the clouds refuel with a hearty meal at Cliffhouse Bistro located at the top of the sightseeing chairlift.Safety procedures include 4 people maximum per group, hand sanitizer stations throughout the facilities, physical distancing on the routes, and enhanced cleaning practices. Ages 12+ for the via Ferrata, sightseeing chairlift available for all ages.
4. Bike the Bow Valley Parkway
This year, the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Johnston Canyon has been closed to most vehicle traffic with the exception of Parks Canada and Maintenance vehicles. This leaves the road quiet and much safer for road bikers. Wider roads allow for more social distancing than a bike trail such as the popular Banff to Canmore Legacy Trail. If you have the energy, hike up the Johnston Canyon trail before getting back on your bike and riding back to Banff.
5. Watch The Sunrise or Sunset at Moraine Lake
Visit Moraine Lake midweek for a quieter sunrise and sunset experience that provides an amazing photo opportunity as you catch the alpenglow hitting the Valley of Ten Peaks.If you’re looking for more of an adventure, we recommend hiking Sentinel Pass or renting a canoe for a paddle on the crystal clear blue waters.
6. Rocky Mountain Float Trip
Enjoy a leisurely float along with the Bow without lifting a finger! Your guide will do all the work while you relax and take in the views of the mountains, Hoodoo rock formations and if you’re lucky some wildlife! Bring the little ones because this float is suitable for children ages 2 and up!
7. Shop Local
Banff Farmer’s Market is back every Wednesday from 10 am -6 pm. A new addition this summer is the opportunity to reserve a slot online and skip the line!Browse local vendors and enjoy products like local produce, wildlife photography, food trucks, handmade goods, and much more.
8. Visit Neighbouring National Parks
Hop in your car and explore one of our 4 neighbouring national parks including Kootenay, Yoho, and Jasper National Park. Kootenay is a 30-minute drive from Banff while Yoho is 1 hour and Jasper is a little further at 3.5 hours.Enjoy beautiful sights in Yoho like Natural Rock Bridge, Emerald Lake, and Takakkaw Falls. Take a half-day hike in the Kootenays to Marble Canyon, Paint Pots, or Stanley Glacier and marvel at the scenic drive to Jasper National Park.
9. Soar High Above Banff
Schedule a flight with Alpine Helicopters and experience the mountains from new heights. View the landscape in a whole new light as your guide takes you on an unforgettable tour.
10. Relax At Your Lodge
After exploring all day, it’s time to unwind. Borrow a DVD from the front desk, order comfort food to your room, put on your pyjamas, and get cozy on our comfortable beds.For maximum relaxation, book one of our Jacuzzi Suites. Also available are wine, chocolate, and spa enhancements if you’re in the mood to treat yourself.