Due to their popularity, Banff and Jasper National Park can be very busy in the summer. Parking lots can become full and lines longer during the middle of the day. Plan to arrive early or late in the day to avoid busy times (11am - 3pm). You might even spot some wildlife at these times, with animals more active earlier in the day to avoid the midday heat.
Also consider taking one of our Sightseeing Tours to visit our attractions with ease onboard an informative coach tour. Our selection of tours include options with each our attractions as well as stops at the best sightseeing locations in the Rockies.
Prepare for Changing Weather
Weather is the mountains often highly variable. Temperatures on top of a mountain, on a glacier, and on a mountain lake can often be ten degrees cooler than that in town. We recommend dressing in layers, bringing a hat to shield yourself from sun, wearing sunscreen and having a rain jacket handy in case the weather changes.