Jun – Sep
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
10 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

Seeing a grizzly bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay with you long after you’ve left the mountains.

Meet Boo, a bear with paws the size of hubcaps, a mouth full of sharp teeth and enormous muscles moving beneath his shaggy fur. He saunters slowly through his 20-acre habitat in the Rocky Mountain bush, allowing you to watch him explore, hunt and forage just like his wild cousins.

You’ll also hear his personal story and learn about grizzly bear behaviour during your visit to the largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat in the world.

The tour also includes stops at gorgeous Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. We’ll take a gondola ride to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a view at the highest restaurant in Canada.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Use of binoculars
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Mountainside Lunch
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"This is our only tour where we get to visit Yoho National Park. And seeing Boo the bear up close is something I'll never get tired of!" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Highlights:

  • Emerald Lake
  • Takakkaw Falls
  • Kicking Horse Canyon
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Sightseeing Gondola Ride
  • Mountain Top Lunch
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Use of binoculars
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Mountainside Lunch
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"This is our only tour where we get to visit Yoho National Park. And seeing Boo the bear up close is something I'll never get tired of!" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Q: How long is the grizzly bear tour?
A: The Discover Grizzly Bears tour is a 10 hour tour, which will begin in Banff at 8:30am and Lake Louise 9:15am. The tour will return to Lake Louise just after 5pm and to Banff at 6:30pm.

Q: When does the tour run?
A: The Discover Grizzly Bear Tour runs from late May to late September.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: We recommend bringing your camera, and warmer clothes depending on the weather on the day of your tour.

Q: What should I wear?
A: We recommend to dress for the weather, wearing layers including a jacket, as you will be getting on and off the bus during the tour.

Q: What is included in the tour?
A: The Discover Grizzly Bear Tour takes you to to Yoho National Park, where you will stop at Emerald Lake (20 mins) and the 302m high Takakkaw Falls (30mins) and travel over the Kicking Horse Canyon. You will then take a gondola ride to Eagle’s Eye restaurant for lunchwith a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, before taking a chair lift to visit Boo for the Grizzly Bear Tour at the Bear Refuge (45mins).

Q: Is lunch included?
A: Yes, lunch is provided at the mountain top restaurant Eagle’s Eye.

Q: Can you guarantee seeing a Bear?
A: We almost always guarantee you will see Boo, the orphaned bear who lives in the Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Q: What happens if you don’t see a bear?
A: Although Boo is generally always out to foraging or playing in his refuge, there is a rare chance he may not be visible when you visit. You can take the tour again for free to see Boo.

Q: How close do you get to the Bear, can I touch it?
A: You will view Boo from outside the fence of his refuge. Depending where Boo is in his refuge, you may be as close as 5 metres away! Or he may be much further away from the fence. Boo is a wild animal and you may not touch or feed him. A ranger is always present to answer any questions and talk to you about Boo and Grizzly Bears.

Q: Where do you pick up?
A: We pickup guests from most hotels in Banff and from the Samson Mall in Lake Louise.

Q: How many people are on the tour?
A: Our tours are small and private and the bus can seat up to 24 people.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, you can change/cancel or refund your booking 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group booking).

Q: Should I tip?
A: Tips are not expected but our staff certainly appreciates them. If you had a great day and wish to indicate so through a tip to the staff they are graciously accepted.

Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Use of binoculars
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Mountainside Lunch
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"This is our only tour where we get to visit Yoho National Park. And seeing Boo the bear up close is something I'll never get tired of!" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Restrictions:

  • Takakkaw Falls road opens late June
  • Tours in early June will include stops at the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge instead
  • Please enquire at time of booking
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Use of binoculars
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Mountainside Lunch
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"This is our only tour where we get to visit Yoho National Park. And seeing Boo the bear up close is something I'll never get tired of!" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Grizzly Bear Refuge
Discover Grizzly Bear Tour
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