Apr – Oct
Season
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Departure Time
2 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

Where do you find the animals of Banff when the sun goes down? Your guide will know! So keep your eyes peeled for twilight wildlife encounters on this sunset tour.

As the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, the wildlife of Banff National Park become more active in the cool hours before dark. We see wildlife on 95% of our tours, so this is your best chance to get up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents.

Your guide will lead a safari to the hotspots where you are most likely to see Rocky Mountain creatures. You might spot an elk sauntering across a clearing, a mountain goat perched high on a ridge, and sometimes even a grizzly bear snuffling through a berry bush. You’ll also learn about how the park protects these animals and their natural habitat from many threats to the ecosystem.

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

Hugh's Pick

"Guiding this tour during the elk rut in Fall- where else can you watch and listen to two huge bull elk bugling at each other?" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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

1

Bus Tour

The Evening Wildlife Safari is a paved road bus tour, with little to no walking involved. There are a number of routes available depending on wildlife activity and so every night is a new adventure!
2

Wildlife Viewing

We see wildlife on over 95% of our tours, and often see deer, elk, big horn sheep, bears and birds. For the latest wildlife viewings on this tour, check out the Wildlife Blog.
3

Interpretive Stop

A stop will be made at our interactive touch table to view rare animal props and artifacts.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"Guiding this tour during the elk rut in Fall- where else can you watch and listen to two huge bull elk bugling at each other?" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

While the starting time varies depending on the sunset, this is a 2 hour tour.
The two-hour tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to look for local wildlife.
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.
The tour is a paved road tour and there are a number of routes this tour follows, depending on wildlife activity.
This is not a walking tour and most of the tour will be spent on the bus, but there are opportunities for you to step off the bus to take in scenic views around Banff. However, when in the presence of the wildlife we do not step off the bus unless the guide believes it is safe.
It is possible to see the following in the park: white tail deer, mule deer, elk, black bears, grizzly bears, chipmunks, eagles, coyotes, wolves, osprey, ducks, Canadian geese, squirrels, big horn sheep, mountain goats. Unfortunately we can never guarantee seeing any animals, but our guides try their best to take you to areas we know animals frequent. If you’d like to find out which animals we’ve been seeing on recent tours, you can check out our Wildlife Blog.
No, as all wild animals experience stress when crowded by humans, which is hard on the animal and dangerous for us. Discover Banff Tours adheres strictly to the recommendation set out by Parks Canada for safe wildlife viewing.
Just your camera and warm clothes, plus any refreshments you may like.
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
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"Guiding this tour during the elk rut in Fall- where else can you watch and listen to two huge bull elk bugling at each other?" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Guide Quote

Hugh's Pick

"Guiding this tour during the elk rut in Fall- where else can you watch and listen to two huge bull elk bugling at each other?" - Hugh , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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