Explore Banff

Tunnel Mt. Trail View

Horse Trail Riding

White Water Rafting

Summer Activities

Banff has a wealth of hikes for a variety of fitness levels. We assume the more adventuresome will pick up a variety of hiking books to explore much of the back country. Our suggestions revolve around what you can do close into town. Most of the trails are open to Mt. Bikes but we ask you to please show respect for those hiking when you pas on the trail.

Hike or Ride

Hike or Ride Fenland Trail

Starting at Mt. Norquay Rd this this pleasant woodland loop winds through a white spruce forest, along the banks of Forty Mile Creek with views of Vermillion Lakes and Mt. Rundle. It's a favorite spot for dog walks (on-leash please), and wildlife and nature discovery, year round. 

Tunnel Mt Trail
Tunnel Mt. Trail winds up to the top of this small Mt. in town. It will get your heart rate up, provide views of the bow valley and you don’t have to leave town.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Spectacular views of Banff and the Bow Valley await at the top of the gondola. For the more adventurous, you can hike up to the top of the Gondola 5.5 km one way, elevation gain 655 m, 2.5 - 4 hours round trip or take the gondola up and do the small 1K 1hr round trip hike from the observation deck.  Great views no matter how you choose to travel   See: Hike #9

Horse Trail Riding
There is something quite special about riding a horse in Banff National Park and different length of rides mixed with campfires & food for you to choose from. There are several professional companies who offer guides for you or a group on a variety of trails but click here for one of our favorites.

On the water

Canoe on the Bow River
It is always relaxing and fun to be on the water in summer time. You can rent a kayak or canoe on the Bow River which is right in Banff town site.  Please remember the waters here are glacial fed and quite cold. The rental operators do offer safety equipment and basic instruction to get you started.

White Water Rafting
This is an exciting way to spend a day on the beautiful rivers of the area. Trips are guided with trained professionals who have all the gear, transportation and experience to make it a thrilling yet safe experience.

Lake Minnewanka
Take a charter boat cruise (narration is intriguing, entertaining and informative) or rent your own 18’ aluminum boat on this very spectacular coloured lake with mountains that melt into its edges. Known for its wildlife of bald eagles, osprey’s, elk, goat & sheep.