Here is a quick list of things we have compiled over the years of things to do & see that can keep you busy around the Canmore/Banff National Park area. This is mainly focused around the town, hikes/natural activities. See our website for more Canmore/Banff Activies:
1 day in and around Canmore (boardwalk at Policeman’s Creek, Grassi Lakes, historic downtown)
1 day in and around the town of Banff, Banff Gondola, Chateau Banff, Hot Springs
1 day at Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Lake Peyto, possibly Parker Ridge Trail if you are up for an approximately 3 hour hike, or from Lake Louise over to Emerald Lake & Takakkaw falls.
Glacier Tour – on the way out of Banff in to Jasper you can do a glacier, we’ve never done the tour myself but it is very popular.
Chateau Banff, Chateau Lake Louise are worth driving by – both great massive older hotels.
1 day heading out to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park in BC. Gorgeous lake that is often less busy than Lake Louise and just over 90 minutes from the condo. For train buffs there are some interesting stops to see how trains make it through the Canadian Rockies.
1 day in Kananaskis Country (south of Canmore), a less known, but beautiful area
Possibly a hike in Johnston Canyon
Possibly a hike to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park
Possibly Vermilion Lake area
Hikes – I’m not 100% sure of some of the spelling of the names… Lake Moraine Lake just before Chateau Lake Louise (usually less crowded in the summer) – not really a hike but a gorgeous lake. Hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House at Lake Louise (once at this tea house you can do the Two Teahouse Trail which connects you to the other tea house and saves you from going all the way down and back up another trail). Johnston Canyon, Ink Pots trails in Banff. If you go up to Jasper then Lake Peyto is worth looking at (very emerald green color lake and the hiking path allows you to look down over the lake). Grassi Lakes a short drive from my Condo. There are so many decent hikes in the area, those are a few of the more common hikes. They are more popular hikes because they are easy to moderate hikes and have great scenery
Kananaskis Village – there are a number of nice hikes in the area. The 1988 Downhill skiing events where held out of here and Nakiska (the name of the ski resort). About 45 minutes south of Canmore – a nice drive to see where the plains meet the mountains. You see much of the same on the way from the airport to Canmore. However, once you are back in to Kananaskis village you get some great mountain scenery.
Heading away from the parks:
Possibly a day out to the badlands near Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum if you have any dinosaur lovers in your group (about 1.5 hours east of Calgary)
Possibly a day in downtown Calgary, if you are interested in seeing the city of Calgary and are okay giving up a day in the mountains to do some city activities
Calgary Stampede – I believe it starts at the beginning of July – not sure whether you will be too early. Excellent chance to see the classic western cowboys in action.
Tyrell Museum – great if anyone in the family likes dinosaurs
As well as the Activities page on my website, all of the places above have lots of information on them if you do a Google, or Bing search. Most of the places around Canmore will have lots of tourism information on these places, as well, I’ve left guide books in the unit that you can look at.