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

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.

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.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
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

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
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
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

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, 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.
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
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
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

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

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
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

Sightseeing Surprise Corner Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Lake Minnewanka
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Bankhead
Discover Banff And Its Wildlife Banff Springs Hotel