Banff is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, filled with dazzling sights throughout the year. While wintertime brings powdery slopes for skiing, visiting in the summer offers a wealth of warmer weather outdoor adventures that can be enjoyed while surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery.
No matter when you come, you’re likely to fall in love with this Alberta town that lies right inside Banff National Park – in fact, you might even want to consider calling it home, or a second home anyway, by purchasing one of the Banff houses for sale. But we think the summertime is particularly ideal, here’s why.
1. Escape the Heat
If you want to escape the heat at home and enjoy mild weather, summer in Banff sees afternoon highs of around 72 degrees Fahrenheit in July. You’ll definitely need those sunglasses, along with a jacket for cooler evenings that are often ideal for gazing up at a clear starry night’s sky.
2. The Hikes
By the time summer rolls around, the snow will have melted, providing clear trails for enjoying a hike surrounded by spectacular scenery, including a lake, waterfall, mountain, and wildflower views, while breathing in the fresh air and aromatic smell of the pines. There are nearly a thousand miles of trails in Banff National Park, offering everything from short and easy day hikes to strenuous treks in the backcountry. The 4.5-mile roundtrip hike to Lake Agnes is one of the most popular and will lead you to a historic tea house along its shores.
3. Breathtaking Views from the Banff Gondola
Hop on the Banff Gondola and you’ll be surrounded with breathtaking panoramic views of six mountain ranges, Banff town, and the Bow Valley. While the views are equally spectacular in all seasons, when you reach the top in the summertime you can enjoy a BBQ feast on the rooftop patio along with live music. There are also interpretive hiking trails, gift shops, and the Banff Skywalk, which leads to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sanon’s Peak Meteorological Station.
4. The ‘Drive of a Lifetime’
With little chance of snow, summer is the best season for experiencing what’s been called a “Drive of a Lifetime” by National Geographic: Icefields Parkway. It travels for 143 miles along Highway 93 from Lake Louise to Jasper, providing scenery like no other as it traces the Continental Divide. Enjoy endless views of the soaring mountains, turquoise-hued lakes, ancient glaciers, and wildlife.
5. Wildlife Tours
In the summer, wildlife tours are available that will bring you to explore the natural habitats of animals like bighorn sheep, elk, and deer that thrive here in the Rockies. You can take an excursion to the Grizzly Bear Refuge to visit an orphaned bear, or even paddle in a canoe, watching for wildlife that’s drawn to the shores of the Bow River. If you want to head out on your own to see creatures here, from June through September both grizzly bears and porcupines may be spotted on the grassy slopes above the start of the trail that winds around Lake Louise. Riding the gondola you might even see them from above.
Article Submitted By Community Writer