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

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning views and visit Banff’s key landmarks.

Due to the pandemic, all summer tours will be private tours with a minimum of four adults (or equivalent cost) per booking from one cohort family. Learn more about our health and safety measures.

The Town of Banff is an island of culture and history, surrounded by a sea of untamed wilderness. This tour enriches your visit with stories of 11,000 years of history, hidden in these rugged hills.

Navigate a half-day journey to some of the most important landmarks in the area. You’ll stop at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the “oh wow!” view at Surprise Corner.

Venture down peaceful pine-scented trails and learn about wildlife habitat and behaviour. Ask as many questions as you like, as our guides are experts and love to share their knowledge.  Don’t forget your camera – we spot wildlife on 95% of these tours.

Looking to include Banff’s number one attraction, the Banff Gondola? On the Discover Banff Tour with Banff Gondola we’ll transport you to the gondola base after this morning tour. You’ll ride the gondola up to 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) for 360 degree views over Banff with around an hour of free time to enjoy the views. After a leisurely download we’ll meet you at the gondola base and transport you back to your hotel.

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

Rose's Pick

"Get connected with the community of Banff, which includes you, me and the wildlife. We all make this place special." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife 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

A higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Banff Springs Hotel.
4

Hoodoos Lookout and Bow Valley viewpoint

What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land.
5

Lake Minnewanka

See the largest lake in Banff National Park.
6

Bankhead

An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff’s industrial past.
7

Banff Gondola (if purchased)

Free time at the gondola if purchased (please note that Gondola guests will return to their hotel via Banff Transit).
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Get connected with the community of Banff, which includes you, me and the wildlife. We all make this place special." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour Reviews


The tour begins at 8:30am and returns around 11:30am, approximately three hours in total.
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 refreshment break with maple cookies and fresh water, 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
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Get connected with the community of Banff, which includes you, me and the wildlife. We all make this place special." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife 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
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Guide Quote

Rose's Pick

"Get connected with the community of Banff, which includes you, me and the wildlife. We all make this place special." - Rose , Manager of Guiding Operations

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour Reviews


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