Welcome to Banff Town
A resort town with boutique shops, nightclubs and fancy restaurants is not something any national-park purist would want to claim credit for. But Banff is no ordinary town. It developed not as a residential district, but as a service center for the park that surrounds it. Today it brings busloads of tourists keen to convene with shops as much as nature, as well as artists and writers who are drawn to... Read More
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
This is a great excursion for anyone who loves incredible scenery. Journey along the Bow Valley Parkway as you head for Emerald Lake. At Emerald Lake, enjoy a quick yet delightful lunch before making your way to Victoria Glacier, Moraine Lake, and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. As you cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass, stop at the Spiral Tunnels. Then it's on to the magnificent Yoho Valley and Takakkaw Falls before returning to Banff in the late afternoon. This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through to October.
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. The Icefields Parkway runs from Banff National Park into Jasper National Park and is one of the most scenic drives in Canada. Visit Lake Louise, the icon of the Canadian Rockies, before your spectacular journey along the Icefields Parkway. At Lake Louise stand on its emerald green shores with a picture perfect view of the Victoria Glacier. With photographic stops at Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake, you head towards the impressive view at the Big Hill. On this guided tour learn about the unique ecosystem and the creation of the glaciers you experience on your way to the Columbia Icefield. After your ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer, there is time to visit the Glacier Gallery, restaurant or gift shop at the Icefields Centre. Return to Banff in the late afternoon This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.
Banff City Sightseeing Tour
See spectacular scenery as you learn the history of the birthplace of Canada's Banff National Park. Find out what the beautiful Bow Valley has to offer during your stay. This morning excursion takes you up the mountain tops aboard the Banff Gondola. Whether from the 360-degree view deck or the 0.6-mile (1-km) boardwalk, you'll discover views to last a lifetime. Then along Tunnel Mountain Drive for views of Banff, Cascade Mountain, Mt Rundle and Bow Falls. Finally ending the day before heading back at Lake Minnewanka. This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.
Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff
Visit the orphaned grizzly bear Boo, as he romps and plays in his natural habitat. Your guided sightseeing tour to the Grizzly Bear Refuge also includes stops at Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and Kicking Horse Canyon. Ride the gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain for an eagle's eye view of grizzly country, walk the summit trails and dine on a gourmet lunch at Canada's highest restaurant. Take a chairlift ride up to the sanctuary to experience an up-close visit with Boo, the resident bear of the refuge. This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through to October.
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff
On your trip to Canada's glaciers, you'll hear stories of the early explorers who opened up these valleys. You'll enjoy an alpine picnic and visit the Columbia Icefields Centre, with the opportunity to join an exciting all-terrain tour onto Athabasca Glacier (included in the cost of the tour).Highlights of the tour include: Lake Louise: A brief photo stop at the most famous lake in Canada Crowfoot Glacier: One of the day's many up-close glacier views Peyto Lake: The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies Saskatchewan Crossing: A rest stop/coffee break Mountain picnic lunch: Enjoy a hearty lunch with your choice of sandwich at a scenic stop along the Icefields Parkway Bridal Veil Falls: Fantastic view over the Icefields Parkway and the falls Columbia Icefields: Venture onto the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer! Bow Lake: The headwaters of the mighty Bow River This tour is seasonal, operating from April through to October.
Evening Wildlife Safari
Departing from your Banff hotel in the evening, this 2-hour wildlife tour takes you to Banff National Park to see Alaskan animals in their natural habitat. Traverse a variety of landscapes to see a range of animals such as deer, elk, sheep and bears, as they appear in the wilderness at dusk. Keep an eye out for wildlife from the comfort of your climate-controlled vehicle, with a guide on board to teach you about the animals and their habitats. You may also disembark for a closer look. You'll learn about the region's indigenous animals and discover the challenges of protecting these creatures and their habitats, leaving you with a greater understanding of and appreciation for Alaska's natural beauty and wildlife. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from April through to October.