Updated: Aug 19, 2021
The Canadian Rockies bloom alive in the warmer seasons. Gentle pacific winds bring pleasant summer temperatures, opening up the whole region to fun activities to get up and tackle the outdoors! Here's our guide on the best things to do in the Rocky Mountains (and where to do them) to make the most of your summer.
HIKING AND CYCLING Man standing in Canada Rockies on hiking trail With the Rockies' countless hiking trails, waterways and cycling routes, we bet you'll never want to spend your holidays anywhere else! Here are the top 3 regions to check out for the avid hiker or cyclist: ICEFIELDS PARKWAY The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in Canada, stretching around 200 miles (300 km) from the North of the Canadian Rockies to the South. It follows three major river systems, traverses beneath some of the most majestic peaks in North America and unfolds breathtaking views of glaciers. Cycling from inn to inn along the Icefields Parkway is the best way to explore all its hidden jewels. WHISTLER A popular skiing destination in winter, Whistler transforms into the ultimate mountain biking destination in summer. It’s at the top of every reputable cycler’s bucket list. The riveting pedal-powered biking culture here rewards everyone with a wide selection of world-class biking trails for all skill levels. BANFF, JASPER AND YOHO NATIONAL PARKS If you're time is limited, why not hit the three major parks? Hike the Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks and be rewarded with deep gorges, blue lakes, glacial rivers, and rich green forests. Join our multi-day hiking tour in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks to explore as much as possible in 9 full glorious days.
CANOEING AND RAFTING From June to September, the Canadian Rockies transform into a paddler’s paradise. Adventurers from all over the world gather around glacier-fed rivers for white waters and rare wildlife. Kayaking and rafting in the Rocky Mountains are open to beginners and experts alike. You can paddle for a few hours or a few days, and usually doesn’t require any previous paddling experience. Strap on your kayaks and stop by on your Canadian Rockies road trip. Here are a few whitewater adventures you might be interested in: Canoeing in Canadian Rockies ATHABASCA RIVER Explore the pristine natural wonders of Jasper National Park and the historic fur trading route along the Athabasca River. Canoeing on this river doesn’t require any previous experience, and it’s just as exhilarating as any other river! Guided canoeing tours on Athabasca River usually involve much more than just paddling. On your way down, you’ll cross Jasper National Park, oozing with rare wildlife and untouched landscapes. Here, you’re also able to hike, cycle or watch wildlife once you’ve stepped off of the boat. LAKE LOUISE Lake Louise is an absolute must for kayakers. One of the most picturesque lakes in the world, Louise is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush trees. The lake and the rental points for your kayaking adventures are easily accessible by car or bike. The sandy beaches with picnic areas are the perfect place for a peaceful lunch break. The mirror-like blue waters of the lake will tempt you into several dips throughout the day. Nothing speaks of summer more than a kayaking trip across Lake Louise! KICKING HORSE RIVER If you're into whitewater rafting, then Kicking Horse River is the place to go. Find yourself gentle family-friendly rafting or jump up to class IV thrills. If you decide to go whitewater rafting on Kicking Horse River, make time to explore the surrounding areas, taste local cuisine in the town of Field, and take a trip to the Takakkaw Falls.
HORSEBACK RIDING Horseback riding is one of the best and most comfortable ways to explore the Canadian Rockies. It adds excitement to your holiday without making you step too far out of your comfort zone. Horseback riding tours are available to complete newbies as well as experienced riders. If you're new to horseback riding, your qualified guide will teach you how to properly fit a saddle and manage your horse. Head out for the day or join a multi-day tour with daily rides out on the trail. Horseback riding in Canadian Rockies BANFF NATIONAL PARK A tent-based horseback riding trip in the backcountry of Banff is an excellent choice for anyone with only a few days to spare. You’ll ride by the towering peaks of the Brewster and Cascade Mountains, Stoney Creek Camp, Minnewanka Pack Station and many of the other attractions in Banff National Park. You’ll stay in comfortable tents and the experienced guides will take care of your well being throughout the tour. You can also book this trip with a lodge if you’re looking for a more comfortable stay.