Banff In June: Weather And What To Do

Visiting Banff in June is a great choice if you’re looking to avoid the summer heat and enjoy the park when it’s less crowded.

It’s not quite summer yet in Banff, and June is generally the rainiest month of the year, so expect a mix of rain, a bit of snow, unpredictable temperatures, but lots of sunshine. Just don’t forget your rain gear and layers.

The good news is that much of the snow has melted away at lower elevations, so it’s ideal for outdoor activities such as sightseeing, camping, and hiking.

As June is right before high season, early June is best for avoiding crowds and getting lower hotel rates, as by the end of the month, it’s a hell of a lot busier.

Below you’ll see what the weather can be like, the best things to do, and where to stay, so you can make the most of your trip to Banff in June.

Written by Lou

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Weather in Banff in June

In June, Banff’s weather can be unpredictable, as temperatures and precipitation levels can vary from day to day.

Temperature in Banff in June

The average daytime temperature in Banff during June is a pleasant 19°C (66°F), while at night it drops to around 5°C (41°F).

However, these are just averages, as it can and does get warmer and cooler than these.

It’s spring until around the 20th of the month, so by then, you can expect warmer temperatures.

June Sunset and Sunrise Times in Banff

Junhas more daylight hours than the other months of the year, with 16.5 hours. Of course, the summer solstice, which occurs around June 21st and marks the longest day of the year, helps.

Sunset at the cascading Bow Falls
Bow Falls at sunset

You can catch a beautiful sunrise, and I recommend you do, at around 5.30 am, and you won’t want to miss the stunning sunsets over the mountains at 10 pm.

Does it Snow in Banff in June?

According to Parks Canada, there is only around 1.7 cm of snowfall in June, significantly less than the previous month of May in Banff.

Although it’s unlikely there will be snowfall in the lower elevations in June, there may still be snow at higher elevations, such as the mountain peaks. So, unless you plan on doing any mountaineering, it’s not likely you’ll have to deal with any snowfall.

But that doesn’t mean that snow is out of the question. While most of Alberta saw a rainy June in 2023, the Rocky Mountains had a snowfall warning, which saw several inches of snow in Jasper and along Highway 93 south to Banff.

While this isn’t the norm, it can happen. After all, this is the Canadian Rockies.

How Much Does It Rain in June?

June is the wettest month in Banff, with an average rainfall of around 5.8 cm (58 mm), so the park gets a good soaking.

While this can make the trails a bit muddy at times, there are still plenty of things to do and places to visit when it’s raining.

You can visit the museums, go bowling, catch a performance at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, or just check out one of the local breweries or coffee shops.

Just make sure you pack a waterproof jacket and be prepared for some rainy days. It’s also worth noting that with the warmer temperatures come some pretty good thunderstorms, but these tend to pass through quickly.

Is Banff busy in June?

Warmer weather equals more people, and the beginning of June sees fewer visitors than the end of June. But how many visitors does Banff National Park see overall in June?

I contacted Parks Canada to find out, and the figure they gave was just over 360,000 visitors. This might sound a lot, and it is, but bear in mind that in July in Banff, this figure almost doubles!

Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, June is definitely quieter, and if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the warm weather, visiting in June is your best bet.

Going to Banff during this month has several benefits, and one of the main ones is the lower cost of accommodations at the beginning of June, which is considerably less than the peak summer months.

Lake Louise
Lake Louise

Weather in Lake Louise in June

Lake Louise is generally slightly cooler than Banff, with a daily average temperature of 17°C (63°F), which dips to around 2°C (36°F) at night.

However, as in Banff, Lake Louise also sees the highest rainfall of the year in June, averaging around 5.5 cm (55 mm), so be prepared for potential showers.

By mid-to-late June, the lake is at its most beautiful as the thawing usually happens during the first couple of weeks of the month.

Festivals and Events in Banff in June

Banff National Park is not only renowned for its stunning natural beauty but also for its vibrant festivals and events that take place throughout the year.

And as June marks the beginning of summer in Banff, you’ll find plenty of things to do and a few things to attend throughout the month.

The Banff Marathon

Every year, the Banff Marathon draws runners from near and far.

Held in the second half of the month, usually around the 18th, runners can race through this stunning national park.

If you want to take part, you can choose from different race options, including a 10K race, a half marathon, or a full marathon.

The routes for these races are meticulously designed to showcase the natural beauty of Banff. Runners have the chance to admire the scenic Vermilion Lakes as well as the picturesque Bow Valley Parkway.

Of course, you don’t have to take part, you can just cheer on the runners and gaze at the amazing scenery from the sidelines. You can find out more information here.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day holds great significance and purpose in Banff, as it offers a platform to celebrate and honor the rich history, culture, and heritage of the Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples.

The event is filled with various activities and events where you can learn about authentic cultural experiences through traditional Indigenous dances, music performances, and storytelling sessions.

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity usually host related activities and events you can attend.

Things to Do in Banff in June

Whether you want adrenaline-pumping thrills or a tranquil escape, Banff offers an array of things you can do during your stay. Here are just a few of the many activities to consider in June:

Via Ferrata

If you want a more adventurous experience beyond hiking and have a head for heights, then the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata will give you an adrenaline-pumping fix.

With four routes to choose from, each provides a unique and exhilarating experience where you traverse the cliffs using cables, ladders, and bridges.

The first route is the Explorer route, which is perfect for beginners. It takes you along a 1km (0.6 miles) route with stunning views of the Bow Valley.

Each route becomes more challenging, with the Summiteer being the most advanced option that takes you on a 4km (2.5 miles) round trip journey to the summit of the mountain.

The 360-degree views of the Bow Valley are no doubt breathtaking from up there, but I like to keep my feet firmly on the ground, so I’ll just admire those views from below.

View of Banff and Bow Valley from Tunnel Mountain Trail
View from Tunnel Mountain Trail

Hike Tunnel Mountain

Via Ferrata isn’t for everyone, so for something a bit more relaxing, a hike up Tunnel Mountain is perfect.

This moderately easy trail has stunning views of the valley and is fairly short at a 2km (1.2 miles) round trip.

The hike only takes around 1.5 hours to complete, but it really depends on your pace, and if like me you like to take your time and appreciate the views.

Tunnel Mountain trailhead is easy to get to and is just a 10-minute walk or so from downtown Banff, so it is an ideal way to explore the area without having to go too far if you just want a short hike.

Don’t forget to carry bear spray.

Visit Lake Louise

No trip to Banff National Park is complete without a visit to the famous Lake Louise.

This is an extremely popular destination, renowned for its iconic turquoise-blue waters and breathtaking mountain vistas.

But Lake Louise is more than just a pretty picture, it’s a great place for outdoor activities and hikes.

There are tons of trails, ranging from easy strolls along the lakeshore to more challenging treks such as Fairview Mountain.

And if you love being on the water, why not rent a canoe for an hour and take a once-in-a-lifetime trip across Canada’s most famous lake?

You can rent a canoe at the nearby Fairmont Lake Louise boathouse and see the stunning surroundings from a different angle.

Lake Agnes Tea House in Lake Louise
Lake Agnes Tea House

Hike to a Mountain Teahouse or Two

While you’re at Lake Louise, I recommend the hike to the Lake Agnes teahouse.

This 3.5 km (2.2 miles) hike leads to the teahouse that sits by Lake Agnes, so you can sip a cup of tea, enjoy a freshly baked pastry, and just take in more of the spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.

These teahouses are a great spot to have lunch, and they both have lovely outdoor seating areas.

Lake Agnes teahouse opens in early June and only accepts Canadian and US cash or travellers cheques.

You don’t have to stop there, as you can carry on along the trail to another teahouse at the Plain of Six Glaciers.

The trail is more challenging but has stunning views of Lake Louise and the Rockies. And, of course, you can enjoy a drink and some baked goods at the teahouse when you reach the top.

You can pay by credit card, but you’ll be charged an extra few dollars on top if you do. Canadian cash is preferred.

Moraine Lake's turquoise waters surrounded by mountains
Moraine Lake

Visit Moraine Lake

You can no longer drive to this stunning glacially-fed lake unless you’re staying at Moraine Lake Lodge.

Otherwise, you’ll have to book either a Parks Canada shuttle, a commercial bus, or use Roam public transit to get there.

If you want to visit Moraine Lake for sunrise, booking one of the transit options in advance is vital, and you can find out here how to get to Moraine Lake now that the road is permanently closed to cars.

Once you’re at Moraine Lake, you’ll be surrounded by scenery that is just breathtaking, from the imposing Ten Peaks to the unique rock piles that line the shore.

But you don’t just have to see the lake on foot, you can also see it while relaxing in a canoe, which you can rent for around CAD 140.00 plus tax for one hour from Moraine Lake Lodge.

There are plenty of trails to hike from where you can see the natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings, including the Consolation Lakes trail, Larch Valley trail, and the Sentinel Pass trail, to name a few.

Drive the Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway is a renowned scenic drive in Alberta that spans 232 kilometers (144 miles) and connects Jasper National Park to Banff National Park.

This iconic route has some of the most stunning scenery in the Canadian Rockies and probably in all of Canada.

Along the way, there are several must-see stops, such as the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield.

You can book a guided tour like this one with Get Your Guide which takes you onto the glacier and then onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a glass-floored observation deck that provides you with great views of the Canadian Rockies.

Bow Lake is yet another stunning lake, with its turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding mountains.

Another is Peyto Lake, known for its vibrant blue color and, I think, has the shape of a wolf from a distance.

Then there are Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls, both are powerful and stunning to watch.

You’ll also have the chance to see plenty of wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, bears, and more.

Driving the Icefields Parkway is an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be glad you did it.

Helicopter flying over the Three Sisters, Canmore
Helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies

Take a Helicopter Tour over the Rockies

Here’s another experience if you have a head for heights, a helicopter tour over the Rockies.

Departing from Canmore, only 20 minutes from Banff, these helicopter tours provide a unique and unforgettable way to explore the natural beauty of Banff National Park, and will no doubt leave you speechless.

Two popular helicopter tour companies, Alpine Helicopters, and Rockies Heli Canada, offer a range of tours that will take you high above the majestic Rockies, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and cascading waterfalls.

From the air, you’ll see the untouched wilderness of Banff National Park from a whole new perspective.

Spot Banff Wildlife

As you no doubt know, Banff National Park is famous for its wildlife, and who doesn’t come to Banff hoping they’ll see a bear or two?

Bears start to come out of hibernation in April in Banff, so as June heads into summertime, bear season is in full swing.

So, please have bear spray with you if you are going on any hikes, just to be on the safe side.

Of course, there’s more than black and grizzly bears to spot. There are moose, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, coyotes, and the more elusive wolf.

And there are plenty of opportunities to spot Banff’s wildlife in their natural habitat by driving along the Icefields Parkway.

There’s a good chance you’ll spot wildlife throughout the day, especially in the early mornings and evenings, when animals are most active.

Please remember to keep a safe distance to avoid disturbing the animals and follow the safety guidelines provided by park officials.

Wildlife tours are available, led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the park’s diverse wildlife population.

You’ll also learn more about the animals and their habitats while ensuring minimal disturbance to the wildlife.

Banff + Canmore Markets

Surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains are the popular Banff Farmers Market and Canmore’s Mountain Made Market.

The Banff Farmer’s Market runs throughout the summer season, and you can find it every Wednesday until October 4, from 10 am to 6 pm in the west parking lot at Central Park, right off Banff Avenue.

There are over 80 local and regional vendors selling products, including fruits, vegetables, food trucks, artwork, jewelry, apparel, beauty products, and lots more.

Meanwhile, you can find Canmore’s Mountain Made Market every Thursday from the end of May through the beginning of October at Elevation Place on Railway Avenue.

As with the Banff Farmer’s Market, you’ll find lots of local goods from food vendors, artisans, craft makers, jewelry makers, and more.

Both markets are a great place to pick up some unique souvenirs instead of the same stuff you get in most of the shops in town.  

So if you’re in Banff in June, check out both markets and help support the local economy.

What to Pack for a Trip to Banff in June

When packing for a trip to Banff in June, keep in mind the potential weather changes. Although temperatures are usually pleasant during this time of year, sudden rain showers or even snowfall can occur.

Although it might be warm during the day, temperatures still dip in the evening, so bring a light coat or jacket.

Packing clothes you can layer is a good idea, such as light long-sleeved shirts and sweaters, as well as waterproof outerwear such as a lightweight rain jacket.

Sturdy shoes are also essential, as there are plenty of hikes and activities, and you’ll want to ensure your feet are comfortable.

Carry bear spray with you at all times when exploring trails, as bears are often spotted in Banff during this time of year.

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring a good supply of sunscreen and bug spray. Mosquitoes and other insects are more prevalent towards the end of June.  Trust me, you’ll be grateful for that bug spray.

Where to Stay in June in Banff

There are lots of hotel options ranging from budget to luxury in Banff.

I highly recommend booking months (we try to book at least 8 months ahead) in advance for two reasons. One is so that you get the best prices the more in advance you book, and two, you get the hotel you want, as by the end of June, lots of the hotels tend to be fully booked.

Fairmont Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise Hotels

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation, I highly recommend the Fairmont Banff Springs or Chateau Lake Louise.

They are two of the most well-known and luxurious places to stay in Banff National Park, and both offer the most stunning views of the Canadian Rockies.  While the Chateau Lake Louise has the most amazing view of the famous Lake Louise.

Both have lots of amenities, such as a spa, indoor/outdoor heated pool, health club, etc., to make your stay even more special.

You can check prices for the Fairmont Banff Springs on and on Expedia.

Chateau Lake Louise prices can be found on Expedia and

Tunnel Mountain Resort

I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve stayed here. We like the cabins (and so does our dog) because you get two separate bedrooms and you just have more space than in a hotel room.

Tunnel Mountain Lodge is on Tunnel Mountain Road, which is only a few minutes drive into downtown Banff.  You can also get the complimentary local Roam Transit bus from right outside.

You can check prices on and Expedia.

Elk + Avenue

The Elk + Avenue is perfect if you want to be directly within walking distance of the restaurants, cafes, and shops.

We like this hotel because the rooms are modern and spacious, and they are at a more affordable price than many of the other hotels that are not quite as nice.

It also has underground heated parking for $5 a night, but there is a vehicle height restriction of 6’1. Alternatively, you’ll get a parking permit to park behind the school across the road.

You can check prices on and Expedia.

You will Need a Park Pass

You’ll need a Parks Canada park pass to visit Banff National Park.

The pass can be purchased at the park gates upon arrival, online, or in person at several locations. Find out if you need a day pass or an annual pass and where to buy your Banff visitor pass in this post.

Will You Need Bear Spray?

Yes, the bears are out and about in June, so it’s definitely recommended that you carry bear spray if you plan on hiking or exploring Banff’s trails and backcountry areas.

When exploring, stay on marked trails and be bear aware by making noise and travelling in groups if possible.

Bear spray is available for rent or purchase at several stores in Banff, such as Snowtips – Backtrax.

If you want to pick some up before you get to Banff, then Canadian Tire in Calgary usually has some. Check online first to make sure you don’t have a wasted journey.

In Canmore, you’ll also find several places to buy spray, such as Chateau Mountain Sports.

It’s important to read the instructions and take safety precautions when carrying bear spray.

Is Banff Worth Visiting in June?

Absolutely! Banff National Park is a stunning destination that is worth a visit in June. There are so many reasons why this is a great time to go.

First off, you’ll find a ton of attractions that are easily accessible now that the snow has melted.

Trails and viewpoints open up, so you really get to see the beauty of the Rockies.

The famous lakes like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are all thawed out and ready for you to snap some incredible photos.

Banff in June is also great if you don’t want to be here in the height of summer, so you can enjoy the moderate temperatures and mild weather.

With the shoulder season in full swing, prices for hotels will be lower than usual, and activities will be more accessible due to fewer peak-season crowds.

The days become longer, and you can take advantage of the extra daylight to explore and make the most of your trip.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared for rain, cooler temperatures, and maybe even snow at times.

Overall, I think June balances favorable weather, decreased crowds, and lower accommodation costs, making it a good time to visit Banff National Park.

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