Banff’s warm welcome.
Summer is high season in Banff for good reason: glacier-fed lakes turn a brilliant blue, wildflowers bloom, wildlife abounds and the lack of snow provides access to some of the best outdoor recreation in the world.
Summer is also the best time to enjoy Banff’s beautiful picnic areas, walking trails, and parks – all accessible within walking distance of Banff Park Lodge.
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The Banff canoe docks are conveniently situated approximately 200 metres from The Banff Park Lodge. Explore the surroundings by canoe by taking a trip down to Vermillion Lakes. Bring a picnic and some binoculars to watch bald eagles as they plummet into the lake. Or, work your way up the Bow River and let the current bring you back to town.
Banff National Park consists of over 190 km of mountain bike trails and various road riding opportunities. The biking season typically runs from May to October, and the trails range from easy to difficult. For all your biking and accessories rentals visit Black Diamond Bike and Paddle located in our promenade.
Stand up Paddle Boards
Enjoy Banff National Park’s pristine mountain lakes with a breezy cruise on an inflatable stand up paddle board (SUP). Spend the day on the clear crystal waters of Two Jack, Lake Minnewanka or Johnson Lake near the Banff townsite or enjoy a SUP adventure minutes from the lodge along the aquamarine waters of the Bow River and into stunning Vermillion Lakes. For all your SUP rentals visit Black Diamond Bike and Paddle located in our promenade.
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Take an eight-minute ride in a glass enclosed gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Savour spectacular 360-degree views of the majestic Rocky Mountain peaks that surround Banff as your eyes focus to Lake Minnewanka in the distance.
Make a day of it and enjoy lunch at the Summit Restaurant or dine at the Panorama Restaurant. And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can hike up the Vista Trail Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak or to the true summit of Sulphur Mountain on the South East Ridge Trail.
Banff National Park boasts thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, for all ages and hiking abilities. Popular trails close to downtown Banff include Fenland Trail and Tunnel Mountain that offers spectacular 360-degree views over Banff and its valley. For more hiking trail information, including current trail conditions, please visit the Banff Visitor Centre on 224 Banff Avenue upon your arrival.
Experience the mountains the way travellers have since the beginning of time: on horseback. Numerous riding tours, trail guides and riding clubs in Banff allow you to experience a day trip or overnight adventure. Tours can include BBQ lunches to a fully prepared campsite complete with all your needs.
Hit the Spa
The Banff Park Lodge and our local hotel collection is proud to partner with Cedar & Sage Spa to offer our guests 10% off all spa services.
Want to get closer to the Rocky Mountain peaks without having to pull out your hiking boots? Helicopter Tours are available in Canmore at Alpine Helicopters. If you are looking for heli-hiking, check out CMH. Take a step beyond the ordinary with sightseeing air tours for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Renowned as one of the best golf courses in the world, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course boasts 27 holes of the best holes that you might golf in your lifetime. Located steps from the historical Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, you will find yourself admiring the views of Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain as you play each hole along the Bow River.
After ticking Banff Springs Golf Course off your list, there are three other courses that are also unique and breathtakingly beautiful to discover.