Travelling around Canada has lately become one of my favourite places to explore. There is so much natural beauty in this huge country.
I’m curious, is anyone else guilty of travelling to so many other places in the world before even exploring their own backyard? (I’m super guilty of this!!)
In fact, a few years ago I lived in Calgary which is only an hour away from Banff. I had never even thought to go check it out – and I’d actually driven past it multiple times! I really didn’t know that Banff is as spectacular as it is. And even worse, I had actually never even heard of Lake Louise – guilty again!! It’s crazy to believe because I now know this is on so many peoples bucket list!
So, if you haven’t yet heard of Banff, it’s a gorgeous town surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains. During winter Banff is a dreamy ski village. However I especially love Banff during the summer months when all the snow has melted and you can really enjoy the surrounding nature.
When I first met my boyfriend, now fiancée, we did a two-week road trip around the West Coast of Canada. We were on our way to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede when he suggested that we stop off in Lake Louise. I couldn’t believe how incredibly beautiful this place was! There was this crystal-clear lake coloured the most intense turquoise and surrounded by mountains. It was love at first sight!
Now that I’m living in Australia it has become a bit more difficult to travel around Canada, but I’ve probably seen more of Canada since I’ve lived outside the country.
Recently I returned to Banff do some more exploring and I fell in love even more!
Here is my list of the best things to do in Banff during summer.
The village in the centre of Banff is full of adorable wooden buildings. You’ll find everything here from hotels, restaurants, stores, etc. Every bit worth exploring.
LAKE LOUISE & MORAINE LAKE
Unarguably one of the main reasons people travel to Banff. As mentioned above, these lakes are absolutely stunning and people travel from all around the world to see these gorgeous lakes.
HOODOOS & TUNNEL MOUNTAIN
Hoodoos & Tunnel Mountain are great hikes to do. You get the most incredible view of the mountains, valley & rivers. If hiking isn’t your thing you can drive up here and takes only about 5 minutes from the village.
ENJOY DRINKS ON A ROOFTOP BAR
Enjoy a drink and some food in the sunshine while enjoying the view. There are a few different outdoor patios where you can do this, my personal preference is the Elk & Oarsman Kitchen & Bar. They have great drink specials and delicious food. Make sure you try the Bellini’s when you’re there.
CHECK OUT BOW RIVER
Bow River is a gorgeous river running through Banff, and this one is not to be missed. With a small waterfall on one side that runs into a beautiful blue stream, Bow River has got to be one of the most picturesque rivers I’ve seen!
BANFF UPPER HOT SPRINGS
These natural hot springs are nestled in the Rocky Mountains providing you a beautiful place to relax with an amazing view.
GRAB A BEER AT GRIZZLY BREWING
Enjoy a beer at Banff’s best brewery. All beers are made in house and have a great outdoor patio. This is a place not to be missed.
TAKE A HIKE
GRAB YOURSELF A BEAVERTAIL
Contrary to popular belief, beavertails are not a common food that Canadians normally eat, definitely more of a tourist thing. This was my first time trying one, and yes, they are totally delicious. Beavertails are a deep-fried pastry covered in cinnamon & sugar with a variety of different topping options available.
I hope these tips were helpful! I’d love to know, what are your favourite things to see and do in Banff? Comment below.