By Kaitlyn Forde
Don’t have a bucket list for summer in the Canadian Rockies? Borrow ours!
2. Snap a selfie at an iconic lake: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake and Maligne Lake.
Time to update your profile photo with a glacier-blue background. Photo by Travel Alberta
Go off road and onto a Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery tour. Photo by Brewster
4. Seek out wildlife: Elk, deer and bighorn sheep are common, while mountain goats and bears are occasionally spotted. Learn more about nature during a guided wildlife tour.
Canadian Rockies locals are wild. Photo by Jeff Bartlett (@photojbartlett)
It’s high time for tea. Phot by Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka
6. Chase waterfalls: See Banff’s Bow Falls (more of a rapid, really), towering Takakkaw Falls west of Lake Louise, and Jasper’s Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls.
Don’t get swept off your feet by these incredible views! Photo by Canadian Photo Adventures
8. Rise and shine for a hike: Beat the crowds and revel in rare beauty near Banff at Sunshine Meadows or Johnston Canyon, or Maligne Canyon near Jasper. Revel in their beauty before the crowds arrive. In mid to late September, see larch trees blaze gold at Larch Valley near Lake Louise.
9. Take to the water: Rent a canoe. Or take a cruise on Lake Minnewanka near Banff or Jasper’s Maligne Lake. Unwind with a soak in the Banff, Jasper or Radium hot springs. Raft wild rapids on the Kicking Horse River west of lake Louise, or the Sunwapta or Fraser rivers near Jasper.
The Castle in the Rockies sits between mountains and the Bow River. Photo by Fairmont Banff Springs