7 things to do in the Rockies this May & June

You’ve made it through winter, and summer is on the horizon. You can feel it, taste it, smell it – and nothing makes someone want to get out and get away like the promise of summer. May and June are fantastic months when summer isn’t quite here, but feels like it is. It’s a great time for a weekend getaway to the Rockies, where the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived, but everything is turning green and gorgeous.

So pack up the car and head out to the mountains. Below are 7 things to do in the Rockies this May & June.

1. Hiking in the Mountains

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Hiking is one of our favourite ways to spend time in Banff, Lake Louise, and Yoho National Park. Springtime hikes can be a little muddy or a tad snowy, but the hikes listed below are usually the first ones to be snow free. They are also kid-friendly too, so bring the whole family along.

  • Fenland Trail (Banff Townsite, right before ‘Welcome to Banff’ sign when you take the second exit into Banff) – This 2km loop is ideal for small children and bikes, and is a lovely way to spend an hour. Watch the river, or climb over old logs.
  • Sundance Canyon (Banff Townsite) – An easy 4 km hike for those who want beautiful scenery and exercise, but nothing too strenuous. A nice introduction to springtime hiking.
  • Wapta Falls (Yoho National Park) – Often one of the first snow-free trails in Yoho, this hike is enjoyable for the whole family, and a chance to see one of Yoho’s largest waterfalls.

There are so many gorgeous hiking trails for every level of experience, it really is just a matter of getting out there and choosing which one to try! Spring is the time to start testing out the hikes and seeing which ones are worth a return visit. Check out more hiking options.

The perfect way to make it a complete weekend in the Rockies is to book the Hikers Package at one of CRMR’s mountain lodges – Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, or Emerald Lake Lodge, in Yoho National Park. The Hikers Package includes one night accommodation, and a boxed lunch to go, which includes a choice of beverage, snack, sandwich and fresh fruit.

Learn more about the Hikers Package.

2-5. Some of the festivals on offer

  • Saturday May 16: Banff Centre Children’s Festival – From plays to face painting to mountain movies, there are a ton of fun activities planned for this festival. A fantastic festival for kids of all ages!
  • June 14 – August 24: Banff Summer Arts Festival – Every summer The Banff Centre presents an arts festival featuring theatre, music, indigenous arts, visual arts – truly something for everyone. Check schedule for details.
  • June 19-June 20: Performance in the Park – This year the performers include Joel Plaskett Emergency and K-OS. This two day celebration of incredible music performed in a stunning outdoor setting is not to be missed!
  • June 21: Banff Marathon – The Banff Marathon, half marathon, and 10k is a truly unique experience for participants and spectators. Imagine running through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, while pushing to see what your body is capable of. A day to remember, always.

6. Cilantro on the Lake is Open!

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Another reason to celebrate the late spring/early summer season: the yearly opening of legendary Cilantro on the Lake! With the lake on one side, the lagoon on the other, and surrounded by mountains, this is al fresco dining at its’ very best. Or eat inside and admire the gorgeous vaulted ceilings.

Cilantro on the Lake opens for lunch service May 28, and dinner service June 28. The season is short, so make the most of it, and be sure to choose some delicious options from the casual California-inspired menu at Cilantro on the Lake this May and June.

7. Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

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Need another reason to head out to the mountains in the next two months? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up!

Mother’s Day is May 10th, and Father’s Day is June 21, 2015. What better way to show how much you love mom and dad than to celebrate over a breakfast buffet or pick a nice hike and book the CRMR Hiker’s Package (which includes a boxed lunch to go). On Sunday, May 10, Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff will be featuring a special Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet. Dine on variety of delicious dishes for $28 per person. View the menu. Reservations are recommended.

Following a day exploring the rockies, make a reservation for a delicious and well-earned post-hike dinner at one of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ restaurants – Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Mount Fairview Dining Room at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise, or Mount Burgess Dining Room at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park. The restaurants are renowned for our signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine with each restaurant featuring bison and elk raised on our own game ranch, Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch.

May and June in the Rockies is a time of excitement and anticipation. We wait all year for this feeling of hopeful exuberance, and the chance to stretch our legs on the awesome hiking trails Banff, Lake Louise and Yoho National Park have to offer. Get out there, be a part of the cool festivals happening, explore this gorgeous place, and make time to spend the night at one of our family owned boutique lodges.  Oh, and don’t forget about mom and dad too. These are their special months, after all. Enjoy!