Combo Package; take a scenic float along the Bow River, then ride a chairlift up to 7,000′ overlooking Banff.
Included: 1 Hour Canmore Float Tour
Take a gentle one hour float trip with a river guide through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow River in Canmore. Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination while you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the shores.
Included: Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
Take an 8-minute scenic open-air chairlift ride into the sky up to 7,000 feet over a natural grizzly and black bear habitat at Mt Norquay. At the top, enjoy spectacular views looking down over Banff and across Spray and Bow Valleys with the stunning jagged edges of Mt Rundle as a feature for all your photos from the comfort of the Cliffhouse Bistro or the interpretive walkway.
Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
The best parts of the Canmore Float Tour for most people include the following:
1 hour on the Bow River
The best parts of the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift for most people include the following:
Ride to 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay
Mountain top dining and facilities
Hotel pickup is also available from most hotels in Canmore, please select your hotel when booking. For guests in Banff, there is the Roam Transit regional route that runs to Canmore which would take you within a 10 minute walk of the meeting point.
The rafts are what is known in the industry as ‘self-bailing’ rafts, meaning that there are manufactured spaces around the join of the ﬂoor and side structure of the raft. Because the raft is inﬂatable, the whole structure ﬂoats on the surface of the water. This allows any water to drain out of the boat without the need to bail it out with a bucket (which isn’t fun for anyone involved!). Occasionally water splashes in through these holes as the raft floats along the river. Therefore it’s recommended to wear footwear that you wouldn’t mind a few splashes on, even though this is rare.
The tours run daily during the summer months and the weather is typically beautiful. That said, the mountains can change their mood quite quickly. Just in case the weather turns and you forget your rain gear, they carry rain jackets for all ages and sizes on board the rafts.
As an alternative the guides carry with them a high quality DSLR zoom lens camera in the event that there are any unique wildlife sightings along your river adventure. Depending on the location of the sighting it cannot be guaranteed that it is a safe spot on the river to pull over for photos, or in the interests of not disturbing the wildlife’s natural activities the raft may have to gently ﬂoat on. Support staff will also take a series of riverside shots with high quality DSLR zoom lens cameras to provide guests without cameras, or those that wish to purchase a copy, to leave the trip with high quality photos of their Canmore ﬂoat tour.
Free Shuttle Bus Schedule (Valid from June 14th, 2019)
|Juniper Hotel (to Banff)||08:42||09:42||10:42||11:42||12:42||13:42||14:42||15:42||16:42||17:42||18:27||19:27|
|Train Station Info Centre||07:55||08:50||09:50||10:50||11:50||12:50||13:50||14:50||15:50||16:50||17:50||18:35||19:35|
|Banff Avenue – South Bound – At Elk St||07:57||08:52||09:52||10:52||11:52||12:52||13:52||14:52||15:52||16:52||17:52|
|Banff Park Lodge (Opposite)||08:00||08:55||09:55||10:55||11:55||12:55||13:55||14:55||15:55||16:55||17:55|
|ARRIVES AT NORQUAY||08:10||09:10||10:10||11:10||12:10||13:10||14:10||15:10||16:10||17:10||18:10|
|RETURN TO BANFF||09:35||10:35||11:35||12:35||13:35||14:35||15:35||16:35||17:20||18:20||19:20||20:20|
Stoney Squaw Mountain
Distance: 4.2 km return
Elevation Gain: 190m
Time Required: 2 hours
Hike through a beautiful lodgepole pine and spruce tree forest for a unique view of Cascade Mountain, and peaks of the Fairholme Range. During the ascent, hikers will enjoy unique views of Banff, Vermilion Lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. This trail is also popular for mountain biking.
Distance: 15.4 km return
Elevation Gain: 640m
Time Required: 4-6 hours
The hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, and then zigzags its way through the dense forest to Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, impressively enclosed by limestone cliffs, keep your eyes out for wildflowers.
- The minimum age for this package is 3 years old and a minimum weight of 30lbs.
- Children under the age of 18 must have an adult accompanying them on the Canmore Float Tour.
- Every participant is required to sign an activity waiver prior to commencing the Canmore Float Tour.
- Every participant is required to wear a Personal Flotation Device on the Canmore Float Tour.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift.
- The maximum combined weight is 226kg (500lbs) per chair on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift.