How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Tours?
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When should I book my activities in Banff?

So you’ve booked your flights to Banff, your hotel room and your airport shuttle… things are starting to shape up for an exciting trip. However, you might be wondering, ‘Should I book my Banff tours and activities in advance or wait until I get there?’
See over Banff on the Banff SIghtseeing Chairlift

While you could wait until you arrive in Banff and may still be able to book on tours at the last minute, there are a lot of advantages to booking in advance.

Here at Discover Banff Tours we recommend booking at least a week in advance. And keep in mind, for most tours, you can cancel up to 48 hours before the tour starts. So, there is no harm in booking something even if you think you might change your mind on the activities you want to do when you get to Banff.

Here are a few other factors to consider when determining when to book.

What time of year is it?

See the Valley of the Ten Peaks from the Rockpile on the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

Banff experiences its peak season in the summer when the weather is warm and again in the winter when the skiing is good. However, even in the slower season the activities still fill up quite quickly.

You can always call and ask the tour company whether or not that particular tour fills up during the time you plan on visiting. This will help you to avoid disappointment when you arrive. Many people contact Discover Banff Tours to reserve something at the last minute, only to find out it’s been booked up for days.

How popular is the activity?

Drive your own sled of dogs on a dogsledding adventure at Spray Lakes
Photo Credit: Travel Alberta / Mike Seehagel

It is recommended to book ahead for the most popular activities in Banff, such as horseback riding or whitewater rafting, dogsledding and ice walks. These activities will fill up quickly. This is even more true during the peak tourist seasons – so call and book if you don’t want to miss out!

For these popular activities you should book at least a week in advance, but it doesn’t hurt to book earlier if you know it is something you really want to do.

Banff's Best Tour & Activity Deals

Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours

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1:00pm
4.25 Hours
Explore Banff on the Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

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A special 1 hour evening ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin hot springs area
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Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks.
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Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then ride an open-air chairlift to 7,000 feet overlooking Banff. Included: Kananaskis
5+
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Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and soak in mineral hot springs. 
8+
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Take in the evening beauty of Lake Louise on the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
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Deluxe Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

This evening tour gives you more time to wander and soak up the beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
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12+
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Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar up to a mountain summit and cruise on Banff's largest lake. 
8+
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12+
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Raft + Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids and then saddle up for a horseback ride to a barbecue dinner. Included:
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Raft + Horseback

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See animals such as grizzly bears on a wildlife tour
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Combo Package; look for wildlife on a twilight tour, ride a chairlift to 7,000' and cruise Banff's largest lake. Included:
2+
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See Lake Louise with Discover Banff Tours
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Banff + Lake Louise Tours

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Banff Sightseeing Gondola
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Experience the picture perfect viewpoints of Banff before soaring up to a mountain summit on the Banff Gondola for 360
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Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, soar to 7,000' on an open-air chairlift and soak in hot springs.
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Float + Chairlift

Combo Package; take a scenic float along the Bow River, then ride a chairlift up to 7,000' overlooking Banff.  
3+
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Via Ferrata Skyline - 5 Hours

The Skyline Route includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall, a scenic ridgecrest trail walk and an “airy”
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Take a scenic river tour and float along the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies
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Float Trips

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow
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1 Hour

Banff Alpine Heli & Hike

The ultimate hiking experience! Take a scenic helicopter flight to a secluded area high above the Bow River Valley for a
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Horseback ride through the Spray River

Horseback Ride - Spray River 1 Hr

Our guides will lead you past roaring Bow Falls where you will cross the tranquil Spray River, followed by a
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Hiking Lake Louise
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Guided Signature Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked
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Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route at Banff Mt Norquay
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Via Ferrata Ridgewalker - 4 Hours

To get a greater feel of heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker on this half-day
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Cross a wire bridge on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Skyline Route in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
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Via Ferrata Summiteer - 6 Hours

The “Summiteer” is the pinnacle Via Ferrata adventure and traverses an alpine ridge crossing a 3-wire suspension bridge over a
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Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon
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Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

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Horseback Ride to a Cowboy Steak Cookout with Discover Banff Tours
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Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
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Ice skate on Lake Louise on the winter Discover Lake Louise Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride
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View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

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Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to almost 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay with
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Banff Covered Wagon
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Private Sleigh Ride

Experience the classical romance of Banff's winter wonderland on a magical sleigh ride package for two complete with chocolates and
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Banff Trail Riders Public Sleigh Ride
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Join us on a sleigh ride through the Banff mountain meadows with your family, friends or loved ones for a
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Banff Snowshoeing Race with Discover Banff Tours
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Snowshoeing Tour to Paint Pots

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See frozen waterfalls on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Explore the icy beauty of Grotto Canyon and see ancient native pictographs using special hiking crampons to grip the smooth
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Banff Evening Icewalks at Night with Discover Banff Tours

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk®

Your headlamp makes the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalks in quiet darkness
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk®

Water cascades into this narrow canyon in the heat of summer, but in the winter the thundering falls freeze solid
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Canmore Caves Explorer Tour

An introduction to the amazing world of caves, spending two hours climbing, crawling and squeezing through the infamous Rat's Nest
9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
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Canmore Caves Adventure Tour

Spend four hours underground as you climb, crawl, wiggle and slide through the water-worn passages of the infamous Rat's Nest
8:45am, 10:15am, 11:45am
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Banff Helicopter Flights

A once in a lifetime experience to fly over mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and to the "Matterhorn of
Throughout the day
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Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning
8:30am
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Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a bear in the flesh is a thrilling moment that will stay
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Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
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Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting

You'll get splashed by the frothy swells of the rushing river but it won’t wash the smile off your face
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See Elk on the Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Winter Tour
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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of the highlights of Banff (the
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Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling
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See turquoise Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks on the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

See two of the world's most beautiful lakes including iconic Lake Louise - famous for its jewel-like water nestled between
8:00am, 1:00pm
4.25 Hours

How much would you like to save?

Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies

In some cases you can make the activity easier on your wallet if you book far enough in advance. Many tour companies will offer discounts for early bookings. For example, at Discover Banff Tours we offer up to 20% off activities if you book your excursions at least a week in advance.

Banff Tours Coupon

Discover Banff Tours owns many of the tour and activity companies in Banff, which means that when you book in advance through us you will get the best price – guaranteed. You can also arrange combo tour packages that will combine different activities for the best value price.

Plan at home & relax when you get here

View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

When you have already arranged and booked all of your tours and transport in advance, you will be able to sit back and relax as soon as you arrive. You won’t have to worry about spending your precious time in Banff calling and booking tours – you can simply show up and be whisked away on an adventure.

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