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Spectacular summer things to see and do in Banff
27 February 2012

Best Ways to Spend Your Summer in Banff

Noted as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada, it’s no wonder millions of visitors take their holidays to Banff, Alberta each year. Whether you arrive during the cool winter months or save your special visit for the warm summer days, Banff is a magnificent place to visit any time.

Sightseeing

During the summer months, Banff offers visitors some amazing opportunities to see Canada’s wildlife in its natural state. It is not uncommon to see large elk roaming the streets or munching away on a local garden. Visitors to the area may find signing up with a local sightseeing company a great way to get past the town’s limits and enjoy other natural wildlife that live in the Rocky Mountains. Guided tours are commentated and they will allow you an opportunity to learn about the wildlife.

White-water rafting

There is no better family adventure than an exciting ride down the crazy rivers that surround the town of Banff. Visitors who want to suit up and climb inside a rubber raft for the thrill of a lifetime can choose to take on the Kananaskis River, the Bow River Horseshoe Canyon, or the Kicking Horse River. Most tour companies do a pick up and drop off at local hotels.

Hiking

Aside from a sightseeing tour, hiking in Banff is as natural a summer pastime as skiing is during the winter. Situated in a deep valley and completely surrounded by mountains, Banff is simply a hiker’s dream. There are numerous trails that can easily be found and trekked alone or visitors can choose to sign up with a group. Regardless of which way you decide to go, always be vigilant and mind the Banff National Park bear and cougar warning signs.

Flight seeing

There are numerous ways to see the majestic Rocky Mountains but none out do the possibilities that are offered from the air. For an extra special family experience, make a reservation with a local flightseeing company and get your camera ready as you are flown over sights such as the mountains, the town of Banff itself, and its surrounding areas. Flights can last from a brief 12 minutes or as long as 30 minutes.

Waterways

Banff National Park has an enormous amount of natural waterways that can take visitors in any direction they wish to head. From fast flowing rivers to glass-like lakes, Banff is a great place to enjoy a day on the water. Rent a kayak or canoe and make your way along some of the greatest waterways in the country. Don’t forget to take advantage of the many photo opportunities that will leave those at home wishing they had gone to Banff too!

Horseback riding

A very peaceful way to enjoy the backcountry of Alberta is by horseback. There are several local outfitters that provide guided trail rides through Banff’s surrounding forests. Climb on and relax as you are walked through the beautiful wooded areas and open fields of flowers that make Banff truly special. These guided tours often include a barbeque steak dinner and last from two to three hours.

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