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Why Discover Banff Tours

Discover Banff Tours began with a great idea and humble beginnings. Jonathan Welsh, the owner and ex-ski instructor, noticed there was a niche to provide winter sightseeing tours and activities in Banff National Park.  After working for many different activity companies, including a taxi service in Lake Louise Jonathan realized that there was a much bigger opportunity to show international ski holiday makers the sights of Banff National Park.

Starting with three small things:  One daily scheduled tour (Discover Banff & its Wildlife) in the winter, a mobile reservations department (literally, it was a cell phone), one leased bus and a couple of enthusiastic local guides (one became Jonathan's wife!) DBT quickly built its brand of Small Personalized Tours.

By embracing "Small Personalized Tours" as our company philosophy DBT has grown tremendously to become the premiere activity provider for the Banff area.  Today Discover Banff Tours provides tours year round and has 6 different departing tours every day.  Our reservations department is now a walk in centre that books our own tours in addition to all other popular activities in the Bow Valley.  Finally we have a head office and industrial bay, a fleet of modern blue busses, and a large staff of local guides.

Our Company Today

Discover Banff Tours has changed a great deal since its first tour in 1999. Throughout its changes and growth, we still provide the Small Personalized Tours that we started with. Here is a snap shot of what the company looks like today.

Sales and Marketing

  • Export ready for wholesalers
  • Year round products, 7 winter tours, 7 summer tours
  • Chinook Rafting - Bow and Kananaskis Rivers
  • Blue Canoe - canoe rentals
  • Team Building Activities
  • Exclusive Group Tours
  • Extensive image and video library to promote tours
  • In house graphic design


  • 24 hours a day real time reservations
  • 7 days a week reservations by phone
  • Walk in Activity Booking Centre on Banff Avenue
  • All tours have low minimum number departures


  • Full compliment of summer and winter guides
  • Fleet of modern 24 passenger blue busses, fully owned
  • Head office and administration building
  • Wash bay
  • Fully licensed for operation in Alberta, BC and National Parks

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