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Banff Experiences

Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, Banff is a town that makes you feel at home and exhilarated with wonder all at the same time. There is no other place in the world where you can find a vibrant community of artists, athletes, families, outdoor enthusiasts, restauranteurs and hoteliers nestled in a 6,641km2 national park.

Below is a small selection of the tours we can organise for you when you have booked your Canada holiday with us and are visiting Banff.

Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.

If you like pristine water and awe-inspiring scenery, you've come to the right place. The Canadian Rockies feature soaring mountain summits, those iconic emerald lakes and breathtaking waterfalls and a hot lunch for all guests. This tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho national parks to explore the land and the stories it holds. Experience the evolution of land and discover how it has shaped the appearance of the spectacular natural wonders found in these mountain settings.

Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour Highlights

  • Moraine Lake
  • Lake Louise
  • Spiral Tunnels
  • Emerald Lake
  • Takakkaw Falls

Experience the power of glaciers up-close on this exciting tour that highlights the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies; the Columbia Icefield Adventure. Travel on a massive Ice Explorer onto an ancient glacier and step out onto ice that is deep enough to bury the Eiffel Tower. Stand in the sky at the Glacier Skywalk, a curved glass walkway that stretches 30 metres from the sheer face of a cliff and hangs mid-air. This tour is filled with exciting experiences, spectacular sights, intriguing stories and the best photo opportunities.

We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed.

Share the passion for the mountains with our local guides on the classic hikes of the Banff and Lake Louise area - Hikes include Stanley Glacier, Larch Valley, Kootenay National Park Trails, and Plain of 6 Glaciers. (Alpine picnic lunch is included today).

Signature Guided Hike Highlights

  • Your best guided Banff Hiking experience
  • Wildflowers, forests, lakes, streams and incredible mountain views
  • Great opportunities to view wildlife
  • Hike with a professional interpretive hiking guide
  • Alpine picnic lunch included

A continuation of the Explorer Route, the Ridgewalker Route crosses the suspension bridge and heads up the Banff Mt Norquay cliffs to the Ridgewalker Summit, climbing Memorial, Sol and Vista buttresses. Rest assured, no experience is required as this is a guided experience and the Norquay Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate both beginners seeking a taste of the alpine and those who already have a little alpine experience. This loop takes you up to 2,300 metres above sea level and is great for families. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort.

Learn about culture, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. 
This sightseeing tour will take you to some of the most incredible sights and sounds that western Canada has to offer. 
Head up the Banff Gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a 360 degree panorama of the Bow Valley. 
Complete the day with a historical tour of Lake Minnewanka on the Lake Minnewanka Cruise before departing.

These stunning alpine lakes look too beautiful to be real. On this sightseeing tour you will visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies", Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their priceless natural beauty. They'll stop you in your tracks in awe.

Wander the shoreline at Lake Louise and see the Victoria Glacier and the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, and then snap some shots of Moraine Lake in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks. Join your guide for a short walk up the Rockpile at Moraine Lake, where you'll find the iconic view that was once on the back of the Canadian $20 bill. During the tour your guide will weave tales of the early mountaineers, who also fell in love with this spot in the 1890s. Please note that Moraine Lake road does not open until May 24, expect to spend more time at Lake Louise.

Discover sweeping scenes of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley and the charming town of Banff from the Sulphur Mountain summit.

The Banff Gondola promises gasp-worthy views of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley and the charming town of Banff. After an 8-minute ride to Sulphur Mountain's 7,500-foot (2,286-meter) summit, you arrive at a complex with several viewing areas, interactive exhibits, and restaurants. Also here are hiking trailheads and access to an elevated boardwalk leading to Sanson's Peak

Hop on board for a custom modern sightseeing tour with an historic twist. It's today's highlights, yesterday's stories, and classic, timeless views at every turn. The vintage-inspired coaches have the look and feel of the 1930s, including a fully open roof and a guide in period costume, plus they come with modern comforts like USB charging ports for your phone.

You can expect rich characters, fascinating stories, gorgeous views and photo opportunities at every turn. It’s the perfect way to start your exploration of the Rockies.

Get a taste of the mountain air with a trail ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious BBQ dinner. Relax at 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail. While the guides cook your meal try your hand at calf roping or a game of horseshoes. Return ride will take you through Windy Knoll an off the beaten track route through the mountains and forest. 

Note: Children under 6 will be taken to the BBQ site by covered wagon and have to be accompanied in the wagon by an adult.

Dinner Menu: BBQ steak, home-made baked beans, baked potatoes, caesar salad, rolls, dessert, coffee, juice, and hot chocolate. Vegetarian option available. 

Have the opportunity to spot Canadian Grizzly Bears on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal- and nature lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride up to 7,700 feet for a mountaintop lunch at Canada's highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world's largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat.

Making a stop at the Grizzly Bear Refuge have the chance to see Boo! An orphaned bear as a cub he was rescued and now lives in the 20-acre Rocky Mountain forest. Here you can view Boo and his friends explore, hunt and forage just like in the wild. You’ll also hear his personal story and learn about grizzly bear behaviour during your visit to the largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat in the world.

Highlights: Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Canyon, Grizzly Bear refuge tour, sightseeing gondola ride, Spiral Tunnels, and mountain top lunch.

Available June - September. 

On this small group experience, you'll have exclusive access to Moraine Lake where your expert local guide will show you to the best locations to watch the sunrise hit the glaciers above The Valley of the Ten Peaks and the stunning Moraine Lake. Sip on a hot chocolate, coffee, or tea as you eagerly await the sunrise under a blanket, and utilize your expert
local guides' photography skills & knowledge to fine-tune your camera settings for an amazing sunrise photoshoot.

Travel through backroads where bears, moose, and elk can often be seen starting their day, on the way to Lake Louise Village where a delicious hot café breakfast awaits.After fuelling up for the day, you'll make your way to Lake Louise, well before the buses arrive to enjoy what remains of the early tranquility and witness the lake at its calmest, resulting in perfect mirror images of Victoria Glacier and the Rockies reflecting back at you across the neon blue waters. 

Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive access to Moraine Lake for a stunning sunrise, before big tour buses arrive
  • Great wildlife spotting opportunities at this time of day
  • Fuel up with a delicious hot cafe breakfast with tea or coffee
  • Expert local guide tells you stories about the area while sharing the best photo tips and spots

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