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
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
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

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

1

Emerald Lake

Take a stroll on the lakeshore.
2

Spiral Tunnels

The ‘Big Hill’ was the Canadian Pacific Railway’s biggest challenge in the Rockies. See how they conquered this challenge.
3

Takakkaw Falls

Canada’s second highest waterfall at 254 metres (when road permits).
4

Kicking Horse Canyon

Watch for whitewater rafters charging through the Class 4 rapids.
5

Gondola Ride

Soar to the heights of the Purcell Mountains at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
6

Mountain Top Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant

Enjoy a gourmet lunch and a spectacular view of the Canadian Rockies at Canada’s highest restaurant.
7

Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour

Take an open-air chairlift up to experience an up-close visit with Boo, the resident bear rescued as a cub, and be fascinated with bear information. This is the largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat in the world.
Included
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
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

Lunch at the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant includes your choice of the following:

  • Soup and house salad
  • Caesar salad
  • Alberta beef burger with your choice of side dish
  • Beer battered sole fillet with your choice of side dish
  • Vegetarian wrap with your choice of side dish

All lunches include a chef’s dessert of the day and soft drink, fresh brewed coffee or tea.

Included
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
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

The 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.
The full day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour and an open-air chairlift ride to visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. The tour also includes a gondola ride up the hill for lunch at the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, with your choice of lunch options that you will select on the day of the tour. There are also scenic stops at Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff and the Samson Mall in Lake Louise, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs in Banff, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
We recommend bringing your camera, and warmer clothes depending on the weather on the day of your tour. Wearing layers including a jacket is a good idea, as you will be getting on and off the bus during the tour and it tends to be cooler up the mountain. You may wish to wear sneakers or other sturdy footwear, as some of the pathways are unpaved.
The gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort takes you right to the summit at 7,700 feet, where you will enjoy lunch at the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. The gondolas are enclosed, with glass windows and seat up to six people. The open-air chairlifts seat up to four people and will take you part way up the hill to the Grizzly Bear Refuge.
We almost always guarantee you will see Boo, the orphaned bear who lives in the Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
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.
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.
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
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
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

  • Early and late season bookings may be subject to itinerary changes. Takakkaw Falls Road opens late June and tours in early June will include stops at the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge instead. Please enquire at the time of booking.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
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 Tours, Banff
Grizzly Bear Refuge
Grizzly Bear Paw
Takakkaw Falls on the Discover Grizzly Bear Tour