Your summer plans are about to get more exciting. Canada's top attractions are starting to open to the public again just in time for the warm weather. After weeks of staying indoors, you can start planning your next hiking adventure. To help you stay updated, we've gathered up a list of the top sights in Alberta that are re-opening in June.

Parks Canada has announced that several locations will be opening like Jasper and Banff National Park as of June 1. If you are like us, chances you are probably thrilled to soak up the sunshine by a turquoise lake.

Within the national parks, you can expect new safety measures, such as limited parking spaces. You will also need to wear a mask and stay at least two metres away from other people.

But one thing you can look forward to is the lack of crowds. Usually, spots like Lake Louise or Maligne Canyon are packed with tourists.

But this year, you can experience the sights like you never have before. Get ready to take some breathtaking, postcard-worthy photos.

You'll also want to grab some tickets for the Banff Gondola that opens on Friday, June 4, and the Columbia Icefield Skywalk on Friday, June 19.

Bow Lake

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It's time to get excited, as of the first of June, you'll be able to see the vibrant turquoise water of Bow Lake. 

Upon reopening, the Bow Lake Day use area will have a restriction on the number of vehicles in the parking lot.


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: Guests of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will now find kits in their room that include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfection wipes. Some of the changes in the public spaces include staff wearing masks, limited elevator capacity, and increased cleaning. 


Maligne Canyon

When: Opens Saturday, June 6

Address: Jasper National Park, Jasper, AB

Why You Need To Go: One of Alberta's most breathtaking spots, Maligne Canyon, is about to open again. This summer, you'll be able to explore the deep canyon filled with fossils, potholes, and waterfalls.

As of Friday, June 6, you'll also be able to grab a bite to eat from Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. For your safety, the tables will be spaced further apart.

But if you wait until June 19, you'll also be able to take a panoramic boat ride on the crystal clear water of Maligne Lake. For your safety, the Maligne Lake Cruise will run with a 50% occupancy.


Lake Louise

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It's time to get excited, as of the first of June, you'll be able to see the vibrant turquoise water of Bow Lake. 

Upon reopening, the Bow Lake Day use area will have a restriction on the number of vehicles in the parking lot.


Bow Valley Parkway

When: Opens Monday, June 1 

Address: Bow Valley Pkwy., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Bow Valley Parkway is a cyclist and hiker's dream. You'll see back to back sights from sparkling blue lakes to mountain peaks. Starting June 1, it will be open to bicycles and pedestrians but remain closed to vehicles.

 

Columbia Icefield

When: Opens Friday, June 19

Address: Improvement District No. 12, AB

Why You Need To Go: Is seeing a glacier up close on your bucket list? If so, why not scratch it off this year? As of Friday, June 19, you can book a tour with Columbia Icefield Adventure that will take you to the gigantic Athabasca Glacier.

In response to COVID-19, the buses and Ice Explorers will run at half capacity, and there will be empty seats between travellers.


Columbia Icefield Skywalk

When: Opens Friday, June 19

Address: Icefields Pkwy., Jasper, AB

Why You Need To Go: Your jaw is going to drop when you see the view here. Are you brave enough to cross a glass bridge that is floating 280 meters off the ground?

As of Friday, June 19, you get your chance to see the surreal Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Once they re-open, you can expect a one-way direction on the Skywalk.


Johnston Canyon

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: Bow Valley Pkwy., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It's time to plan a trip to see the upper and lower falls at Johnston Canyon. From Monday, June 1, the trail and day-use area will be open.

One thing to note is you won't be able to reach the trailhead by car since the Bow Valley Parkway is closed to vehicles. But that is okay; you can get still get there by bicycle or walking.


Banff Gondola

When: Opens Friday, June 4

Address: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: No matter how many times you go, the view from the Banff Gondola is just as spectacular. We can't get enough of the views from the Sulphur Mountain summit.

On Friday, June 4, you will be able to ride the gondola, but there will be some changes. Now only one group can enter a gondola car, and they will be sanitized after each use.

There will also be a 50% reduction in the capacity of public spaces like the interpretive center, lobby and restaurants.

Fairmont Banff Springs

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: 405 Spray Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you want to go on a staycation, you will be able to stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs as of Monday, June 1.

There will be some significant changes you can expect. Upon arriving, there is a mandatory screening of all guests for signs of illness. There will also be a contactless checkout system and kits left in each room with masks and gloves.

Lake Minnewanka

When: Opens Monday, June 1

Address: Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: We will finally be able to hike along the stunning aqua water of Lake Minnewanka as of Monday, June 1.

Some of the safety measures include the kitchen shelters that will stay closed, and there will be one lane for just cyclists, while cars will need to drive one-way on the Lake Minnewanka Loop. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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