Outside of hiking, there is a ton of activities in Banff National Park, and this list is just the start!
Johnston Canyon: Steeply carved into limestone by thousands and thousands of years of water erosion, the dramatic Johnston Canyon is a must-see for any visitors driving between Lake Louise and Banff. We would recommend doing this walk as early as you can- it is one of the most visited hikes in Canada! Out and back to the Ink Pots is around 6 miles, and will guide you past beautiful waterfalls, limestone rock tunnels and caves, steep canyons and blue-green pools. Be prepared to get misted, and carry a jacket if required. If you go in winter, consider crampons and be ready for some epic frozen waterfalls!
Whitewater: The Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park is known for its incredible whitewater rapids, with a thrilling variety for first-timers, families or more experienced rafters. Many outfitters offer transport from Banff or Lake Louise for an adrenaline-filled day on the river with some spectacular scenery as a bonus.
Canoe the lakes: Lake Louise is undoubtedly the most famous lake near Banff National Park, known for its incredible turquoise water. However, this also means it is the most popular, so make sure you get to the parking lot either early or late. You can camp overnight in the Lake Louise overflow camping lot for easy access in the morning! Canoes can be rented from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise canoe docks all summer. Rivaling Lake Louise for popularity is Moraine Lake, famous for its turquoise water and incredible mountain backdrop. On top of some fantastic hiking opportunities, Moraine Lake also offers canoe rentals at the Moraine Lake Lodge. Rentals are open from mid-June to mid-September. Again, aim to get here early, the parking lot can fill up as early at 8:30am in the peak season. We would recommend canoeing in the morning, and then adding on some short hikes like The Rockpile Trail (1 mile) and Consolation Lakes (3 mile), for an incredible day at Moraine.