8:30am
Departure Time
3 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity
Dec-Apr
Season

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of the highlights of Banff (the bears are sleeping at this time). 

Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff’s landmarks, learn its history and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat.

The tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka. Plus, enjoy hot chocolate and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. A complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"You’ll connect with the park’s winter beauty." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & It’s Wildlife Winter Tour Reviews


The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow Falls

Water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight.
2

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The ‘Castle of the Rockies’ is the railway’s contribution to the building of Canada.
3

Surprise Corner Lookout

See a higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
4

Hoodoos Viewpoint

What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land as you look out over the Bow Valley.
5

Lake Minnewanka

Learn about an underwater village and native history with a pleasant break at Banff National Park’s largest lake.
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"You’ll connect with the park’s winter beauty." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & It’s Wildlife Winter Tour Reviews


The tour begins at 8:30am and returns around 11:30am, approximately three hours.
The half-day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to see some of the local highlights such as the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour includes several stops, including a brief break with a maple cookie snack and hot chocolate, and hands on interpretive tools.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
You are welcome to meet us at any of our pick up locations in Banff to join the tour, and a popular central downtown meeting point is the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel (the hotel address is 138 Banff Avenue).

Most guests choose to self-drive into Banff, although please note that you will need to find parking in Banff that exceeds the duration of the tour. Please refer to the Town of Banff website for general parking information, or the banffparking.ca website for live parking availability. For guests staying in Canmore, you can also use the Roam bus service and disembark at the Banff High School. The closest pick up point to the Banff High School is across the road at the Elk and Avenue Hotel.

Only half your time is spent on the bus, and at every stop you will have the opportunity to get off the bus and stretch your legs. All of the viewpoints are a short walk.
There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour and we often spot animals, however we do not guarantee seeing wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"You’ll connect with the park’s winter beauty." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & It’s Wildlife Winter Tour Reviews


Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"You’ll connect with the park’s winter beauty." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & It’s Wildlife Winter Tour Reviews


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