4 Outdoorsy Things to Do in Banff in the Summer and Fall

If you’re pining to play in those glorious mountains, you’re in luck. Banff has no shortage of outdoor pursuits.

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Summit Mount Norquay

You don’t have to have carabeners hanging off your belt to summit Mount Norquay; you can do an assisted climb on the Via Ferrata. Climbers get strapped into a safety harness and head up the mountain on a system of cables, fixed anchors and ladders. There are four different routes to choose from; the newest and most challenging is the six-hour Summiteer Route, which includes a traverse of an alpine ridge and a three-wire suspension bridge over a chasm. Your reward? An alpine picnic lunch at the summit.


Go Caving at Sulfur Mountain

If you’d rather explore deep beneath a mountain than on top of it, head to the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, a series of underground caves and hot springs located at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. Like the Via Ferrata, all you need is a sense of adventure and some sensible shoes.


Hike the Banff Legacy Trail

A pleasant afternoon can also be spent on the Banff Legacy Trail between the towns of Canmore and Banff—this is beautiful in summer and breathtaking in fall as the leaves begin to put on a show.


Kayak at Lake Minnewanka

If you like the water, rent a canoe or kayak and cruise the placid waters of Lake Minnewanka, ending with a picnic by the lake and a stroll around the abandoned mining town of Bankhead. Or, get the adrenaline going with a guided rafting trip on the Bow River