Things to Do in Banff

We love Banff’s long, sunny Summer days, allowing plenty of time for spectacular sightseeing tourssignature hikes and adventurous mountain activities like horseback riding and whitewater rafting.

Locally owned and operated, we have over 18 years helping visitors, and we can guarantee you’ll find the best deals by booking direct with us, as we own and operate many of the tours and activities listed.

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Wildlife Evening Safari Elk
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Evening Wildlife Safari

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. 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 paved road bus tour 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
per person
Apr-Oct
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
2 Hours
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
Family Fun

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning views and visit Banff's key landmarks. The Town of Banff is an island of culture and history, surrounded by a sea of untamed wilderness. This tour enriches your visit with stories of 11,000 years of history, hidden in these rugged hills. Navigate a half-day journey to some of the most important landmarks in the area. You'll stop at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the “oh wow!” view at Surprise Corner. Venture down peaceful pine-scented trails and learn about wildlife habitat and behaviour. Ask as many questions as you like, as our guides are experts and love to share their knowledge. Don’t forget your camera - we spot wildlife on 95% of these tours.
per person
Apr-Nov
8:30am
3 Hours
Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Horseback + Gondola + Hot Springs

Bow River 1 Hour Horseback Ride + Banff Gondola + Banff Hot Springs Ticket
per person
Apr-Oct
8+
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Photos at Two Jack Lake
Family Fun

Banff Tour + Gondola

Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Tour + Banff Gondola
per person
Apr-Nov
All Ages
Grizzly Bear Tours, Banff

Discover Grizzly Bears

Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge! Seeing a 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 includes stops at gorgeous Takakkaw Falls (the second highest waterfall in Canada!) and stunning Emerald Lake. We’ll also take a gondola ride up to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy
per person
Jun-Sep
8:30am
10 Hours
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
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Horseback Ride – Bow River 1 Hr

A 1 hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave & Basin - the original historic hot springs. Ride along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. And if you look up, you might spot an eagle or hawk soaring through the sky. Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. And of course, as you follow the winding trail on this ride, you’ll get unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains the entire time.
per person
Apr-Oct
9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
1 Hour
Sightsee Bow Falls in fall with Discover Banff Tours

Discover Banff & Lake Louise – Fall Colours

The fall is a fantastic time for sightseeing and viewing wildlife in Banff National Park. Foliage color start to change, the first hints of winter begin to appear and a low sun makes photographic opportunities more dramatic. This time of the year also heralds tremendous activity with the local elk population because of the rutting season. This tour will give visitors a chance to see a few of Banff's highlights as well as spend an hour at Lake Louise for short walks and exploring on your own. Throughout the tour as we move from Banff to Lake Louise and return your guide will do their best to point out local wildlife and explain what it's like living in a national park with animals sometimes literally, on our doorsteps!
per person
Oct-Nov
12:30pm
5 Hours
Take a walking tour in Banff with a friendly guide

Banff Walking Tours

Got an hour? Get a glimpse! These year-round guided tours are an easy, memorable introduction to Banff and take you to the best photo hotspots. Start your adventure in Banff with a unique and unforgettable guided walking tour. These walks take place within the Town of Banff, Alberta – inside Banff National Park. It’s affordable and accessible fun for everyone. You’ll walk Banff in the company of a local guide, in a small group. It’s all about the talk. You'll experience a genuine and personal conversation with your guide. Personalized answers mean you won’t miss a thing! It’s an easy outdoor activity that you can enjoy in any season. Connect to Banff’s history, nature and secret vistas. Your guide will walk you right to the best photo hotspots and show you some surprises along the way. The ‘Legends & Landmarks’
per person
Year Round
3:00pm
1.25 Hours
Take a Banff ghost tour led by an interpretive guide

Banff Ghost Walks

Spend a spooktacular evening unearthing ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of Banff’s historic streets. Take a walk on the other side and explore Banff's hidden history on a Banff ghost walk. From haunted hotels to ghost towns, Banff is full of things that go bump in the night. Discover the ghostly past of the Bow Valley on an evening stroll through the paranormal. Haunted landmarks, unsolved mysteries and terrifying encounters at hotels. Hear some of the most spine-tingling stories as we stroll along the historic streets, led by a knowledgeable interpretive guide. Who knows, you may even meet a ghost yourself!
per person
Jun-Oct
7:00pm, 8:00pm
1.25 Hours
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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 rugged peaks. These stunning alpine lakes look too beautiful to be real. On this sightseeing tour you will visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies", Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their priceless natural beauty. They'll stop you in your tracks in awe. Wander the shoreline at Lake Louise and see the Victoria Glacier and the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, and then snap some shots of Moraine Lake in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks. Join your guide for a short walk up the Rockpile at Moraine Lake, where you'll find the iconic view that was once on the back of
per person
Apr-Oct
1:30pm
4.5 Hours
See Moraine Lake on the Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
Limited Space

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 at one of the quietest times of day. The pale turquoise hue of Lake Louise comes from sunlight reflecting off mountain-dust particles suspended in the glacial melt-water. It's a natural wonder that you just can’t stop staring at. We'll take our time meandering through the scenic Bow Valley Parkway with our eyes peeled for wildlife, and savour an early dinner in the warm log cabin ambiance of the Baker Creek Bistro at Baker Creek Mountain Resort. We’ll visit Lake Louise at one of the quietest times of the day so you can avoid the crowds, and there will plenty of time to wander on your own. You can also enjoy an interpretive nature walk around the shoreline with your
per person
May-Sep
3:30pm
6 Hours
Emerald Lake Lodge on the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour with Discover Banff Tours

Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls Tour

This amazing full-day tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the land and the stories it holds. Soaring mountains, stunning lakes and breathtaking waterfalls await you on a tour that explores the stunning lakes and streams of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. From the history of the Canadian railroad to Takakkaw Falls (the second-highest waterfall in Canada!), follow the trails through a park whose name means “awe” in the Cree language. Explore the evolution of the land and discover how it has shaped the appearance of the natural wonders found in these spectacular mountain settings as you visit highlights such as Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls.
per person
May, Jun-Sep, Oct
8:30am
9.5 Hours
Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour

Columbia Icefield Parkway Tour

Travel along the world famous Icefields Parkway Highway and see, touch and even taste an ancient glacier on this thrilling full day Icefields adventure. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Because you don’t have to navigate or watch the road, this tour lets you to focus on the amphitheatre of mountains towering above. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest. Afterwards, dig into a hearty mountain picnic and take a photo stop at Peyto Lake - famous for its stunning pale milky-turquoise hue. Climb aboard the Ice Explorer (a six-wheeled behemoth of a vehicle) and drive across the surface of this glittering sheet of ice. Getting thirsty? You’ll have a chance to drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier. Walk the
per person
Apr-Oct
8:00am
11 Hours
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Photos at Two Jack Lake

Private Summer Sightseeing Tours

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National Park and see the top local sights from Lake Louise to Bow Falls. Use one of our existing summer sightseeing tours, the morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour or the afternoon Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour as your itinerary or connect with us for a custom quote. Sample Rates: Rates are dependent on number of guests & vehicle required. For eg, $125 per guest with a minimum of 6 guests for a half day sightseeing tour. Contact Us for Custom Quote: Call: 1 -877-565-9372 to chat, or complete the form below.  
per person
May-Oct
5 Hours
All Ages

Private Wildlife Tours

Looking for a more in depth way to connect with Banff's wildlife? Book a private wildlife tour of Banff National Park for the best chances of animal sightings. Use one of our existing wildlife tours, the morning Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Tour, of a night on Evening Wildlife Safari as your itinerary, or connect with us for a custom quote. With our fleet of different vehicles, and a team of accredited guides, we can match your group size, whether you are a small family or a large corporate group. Sample Rates: Rates are dependent on number of guests & vehicle required. For eg, $125 per guest with a minimum of 6 guests for a half day wildlife tour. Contact Us for Custom Quote: Call: 1 -877-565-9372 to chat, or complete the form below.  
per person
Year Round
5 Hours
All Ages
Horseback Ride Spray River Banff Trail Riders

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 partial climb up Sulphur Mountain. Breathe in the pine-spiced mountain air as you approach the Bow Falls. You’ll also pass by the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course on this ride – one of the most immaculately manicured courses in Canada. Continue along the edge of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, and cross through the waters once more. A partial climb up Sulphur Mountain brings you through a wooded residential area and back to the corrals. The most unique feature of this trip is crossing the Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even decide to cool itself off by splashing water onto its belly – it’s an experience unlike anything else.
per person
May-Oct
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
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 their four favourite 'signature' trails. We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed. Our Interpretive Guides' priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters. Hiking time is between four and six hours, which includes an alpine picnic lunch. Please
per person
Jun-Oct
8:00am
7 Hours

Private Hiking Tours

Looking for a guide to lead your group on Banff or Lake Louise's hiking trails? Our private full-day hiking tours cover the most popular and some lessor known local favourite routes. Use one of our signature hiking tours, such as famous Larch Valley or the Plain of Six Glaciers as your itinerary or connect with us for a custom quote. With our fleet of different vehicles, and a team of accredited guides, we can match your group size, whether you are a small family or a large corporate group. Sample Rates: Rates are dependent on number of guests & vehicle required. For eg, $160 per guest with a minimum of 6 guests for a full day hiking tour. Contact Us for Custom Quote: Call: 1 -877-565-9372 to chat, or complete the form below.  
per person
Jun-Oct
10 Hours
All Ages

Via Ferrata Explorer – 2.5 Hours

Step out of your comfort zone and join your guide on the mountain on the Explorer Route climbing up to 2,235 metres at the Mt Norquay Via Ferrata. On this guided high-alpine climbing experience you'll be introduced to the equipment, ascend a few pitches, and cross the suspension bridge. Rest assured, no experience is required as this is a guided experience and the Norquay Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate both beginners seeking a taste of the alpine and those who already have a little alpine experience. This 2.5 hour loop takes you up to 2,235 metres above sea level and is great for those who are slightly limited on time, or are looking for an introduction to Via Ferrata. The Mt Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs
per person
Jun-Oct
9:00am, 10:00am, 3:30pm
2.5 Hours
Guided alpine climbing on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route
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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 guided alpine climbing excursion! A continuation of the Explorer Route, the four-hour Ridgewalker Route crosses the suspension bridge and heads up the Banff Mt Norquay cliffs to the Ridgewalker Summit, climbing Memorial, Sol and Vista buttresses. Rest assured, no experience is required as this is a guided experience and the Norquay Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate both beginners seeking a taste of the alpine and those who already have a little alpine experience. This four hour loop takes you up to 2,300 metres above sea level and is great for families. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort.
per person
Jun-Oct
8:30am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
4 Hours
Cross a wire bridge on Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata Skyline Route in Banff in the Canadian Rockies

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” 55m suspension bridge. The effort is amply rewarded at the top with outstanding panoramic views of Canada's iconic Rocky Mountain peaks. With Banff as a backdrop over 1,000 metres below, walk the uber-scenic ridgecrest trail as it leads you back to the Cliffhouse Bistro to celebrate your mountaineering accomplishments. This 5 hour loop takes you up to 2,450 metres above sea level. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort.
per person
Jun-Oct
9:30am, 10:30am
5 Hours
Cross an additional wire bridge on the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata Summiteer Route in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

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 gaping couloir. A continuation of the Skyline Route, this 6-hour route traverses the alpine ridge, crossing an impressive couloir on a 3-wire suspension bridge to reach the summit pitch. With Banff as a backdrop over 1000 metres below, walk the uber-scenic ridgecrest trail as it leads you back to the Cliffhouse Bistro to celebrate your mountaineering accomplishments. Experience 360-degree views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains as you enjoy lunch on the East Summit of Mt Norquay - an apres-climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro is also included. This 6 hour loop takes you up to 2,450 metres above sea level and is great for those seeking a challenge. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive
per person
Jun-Oct
9:00am, 10:00am
6 Hours
Banff Horseback Rides

Horseback Ride – Sundance Loop 2 Hrs

Ride along the Bow River, past the Cave & Basin hot springs and up to the Windy Knoll viewpoint. This ride is an extension of our 1 Hour Bow River Ride, which rides along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows - and passes by the historic Cave and Basin, the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. The ride then continues with fantastic scenery as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint before returning to the stables.
per person
May-Oct
9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
2 Hours
Follow your guide on a scenic Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Horseback Ride – Bow Valley Loop 3 Hrs

This ride offers the greatest variety of scenery from the Cave & Basin area to a thick, lush forest. As you follow the trail, you’ll get to gaze up at sky-piercing mountaintops, thick alpine forests, rolling hills and jagged rock formations. Your journey continues through the Cave and Basin – the birthplace of Banff National Park, where you will find bubbling sulphur waters and remarkable rock caverns. While travelling along the Sundance Canyon Trail, keep an eye out for beaver, elk, coyotes and occasionally, bears. You'll spend approximately 45 minutes riding through the tranquility of the woods, where we often spot wildlife. Continue your ride around the Windy Knoll as you climb Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views of the Bow Valley, before we follow the Bow River back to Warner Stables.
per person
May-Sep
10:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Horseback Ride Fall Banff Trail Riders

Horseback Ride – Sulphur Mtn 3 Hrs

A half day ride that gives you a scenic introduction into the quiet backcountry of Banff National Park. From snow-capped mountains and sparkling waterfalls to roaring rivers and thick alpine forests, this trip takes you from the bustling Banff town-site to the peaceful wilderness just a few miles away. See the renowned Rimrock Resort Hotel, and then trek down to the valley and lead your horse across the lively Spray River. You’ll ride along the base of Mount Rundle – where you can get a bird’s eye view of both the towns of Banff and Canmore – before passing by the immaculate fairways of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. You’ll continue on to the roaring Bow Falls to cross the river a second time before heading back.
per person
May-Oct
9:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Cowboy Cookout Cooking Alberta Steak
Family Fun

Horseback Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious cowboy BBQ cookout at 3 Mile Cabin. First you'll ride along the Bow River while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery. Midway through the ride, you'll arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food. But before digging in, work up an appetite with a few western style games, like lassoing and horse-shoes. The ride is also perfect for youngsters. Anyone joining the group can choose to take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin and then re-join the group for an authentic cowboy bbq. This ride is available as a lunch or dinner departure and meal.
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Banff Covered Wagon
Family Fun

Wagon Ride – Cowboy BBQ Cookout

Take a relaxing wagon ride along the Bow River and join the horseback riders for a BBQ cookout. Arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food. But before digging in, work up an appetite with a few western-style games, like lassoing and horse-shoes. Anyone joining the group can choose to take a horseback ride along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin and then re-join the group for an authentic cowboy bbq. This is the perfect adventure for all ages of the family group and is available as a lunch or dinner departure time and meal.
per person
May-Sep, Sept-Oct
11:30am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
3 Hours
Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
Family Fun

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 on this family fun rafting tour for ages 5 - 85! The Kananaskis River is one heck of a ride - the foamy white rapids lift your raft skyward, you shake the water from your eyes and paddle with all your might as the river surges around you. Plotting a course through the best rapids and cruising swiftly down the flat stretches in between, you’ll have peaceful moments to look up and admire the Kananaskis Country scenery. You are completely in the moment - immersed in the thrill of riding these rapids. Meanwhile your river-savvy guide ensures the safety of the excursion. This voyage is suitable for the entire family - the novice-level rapids are perfect for young adventurers.
per person
May-Sep
1:30pm
4 Hours
Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Calling all adventure lovers - there’s no better way to get the adrenaline flowing than big waves! Jump into a river raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by shale cliffs, the Bow River thunders through Horseshoe Canyon. Here you come, clad in neoprene and whooping with excitement as the rapids surge. During the quiet stretches, you lift your eyes skyward and see large birds of prey soaring above. You might even try cliff jumping - if you dare. Many Hollywood movies have been shot here in the spectacular geology of the Canyon - your guide will tell you all about it. Even if you have no rafting experience don’t sweat it - you’ll learn everything you need to know.
per person
May-Sep
8:15am
4 Hours
Toby Creek Adventures ATV Tour

Paradise Mine ATV Tour

Visit the remnants of an early 1900’s silver mining town located high in the mountains at 8,000 feet on this amazing 3 hour ATV tour in Panorama, BC. Due to heavy snowfall, ATV tours have concluded for the year. Tours will recommence in Spring 2019. After some practice time at our base area your guide will lead you up the trail through old-growth forest and open slopes for a spectacular view of Panorama Mountain Resort and the surrounding peaks of the lovely Toby Creek Valley. You will visit the remains of an early 1900’s silver mine town, walk along the banks of a rushing alpine creek and gaze in wonder at soaring rock peaks. At your feet you will discover a verdant carpet of hardy, beautiful alpine flowers. After a hot drink and cookies at the cozy comfortable alpine cabin,
per person
Jun-Oct
9:30am, 1:30pm
3 Hours
Toby Creek Adventures ATV Tour
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Paradise Ridge ATV Tour

A full day ATV tour to Paradise Ridge with 4 wheel power at your finger tips takes you up to 8,000 feet on the edge of the Rockies in Panorama, BC. Due to heavy snowfall, ATV tours have concluded for the year. Tours will recommence in Spring 2019. After some practice time at our base area your guide will lead you up the trail through old-growth forest and open slopes for a spectacular view of Panorama Mountain Resort and the surrounding peaks of the lovely Toby Creek Valley. The Paradise Ridge Tour starts at an elevation of 4,200 feet and there are many opportunities to see wildlife and to stop and take in the fragrance of the forest and the flowers as we travel along the trail. You will visit the remains of an early 1900’s silver mine and town,
per person
Jun-Oct
10:30am
4.5 Hours
Our friendly guides will show you the best winter sightseeing spots in Banff

Resort Transfers

Daily coach shuttle service between Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies. Travel safely and in comfort all year-round with the daily shuttle service from Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore. Or enjoy our private transfers, for individuals or groups. Why drive when you can hop on one of the buses and relax all the way to the Rockies, giving you the opportunity to take photos of the beautiful mountains and lakes we pass along the way.
per person
May-Oct, Nov-Apr
Throughout the day
All Ages
Calgary City Skyline

Calgary Airport Shuttles

Transfers from Calgary Airport or Downtown to Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper. Travel safely and in comfort all year-round with daily coach shuttle services from the Calgary Airport and the towns of Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore. Why drive when you can hop on one of the coaches and relax all the way to the Canadian Rockies, giving you the opportunity to take photos of the beautiful mountains and lakes passed along the way. Looking for a more personalised service? Enjoy our private transfers for individuals or groups.
per person
May-Oct, Nov-Apr
Throughout the day
All Ages
The Banff Centre
Year Round
Throughout the day
All Ages
Canmore Activities
Family Fun

Float Trips

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow River in Canmore. Located on the outskirts of Banff National Park in Canmore, your guide will gently float you through this inspiring landscape. Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination. With no experience required, this family friendly tour is perfect for all ages, abilities and adventure levels as your experienced guide takes care of everything for you. This guided float tour highlights the very best of the Canadian Rockies - a truly signature experience of your stay here.
per person
Jun-Sep
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
Interpretive tools at the Patch on Mount Norquay

Private or Custom Tours

Sometimes, it’s nice to have a more personalized experience. You might want the flexibility to pick the trips you’re most interested in, or the freedom to move at your own pace. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a more personalized experience. You might want the flexibility to pick the trips you’re most interested in, or the freedom to move at your own pace. On our private and custom tours, you call the shots. You can either design your own day itinerary, or turn one of our scheduled tours into a private experience. It’s completely up to you. Want a few tailor-made suggestions? Provide us with some ideas about the kind of tour you’d like and we’ll create a personalized proposal. Highlights Create your own itinerary or turn one of our scheduled tours into a private experience, with your very own Banff guide leading
per person
Year Round
All Ages
Lake Minnewanka Lake Cruise Boat Tour

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective on a 1 hour interpretive boat cruise of the largest lake in Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka. Beginning from the western end of the largest lake in Banff, the cruise sets sail under towering peaks. Take in breathtaking mountains and emerald-green water as you keep a watchful eye on forested slopes and rocky shorelines for wildlife and waterfalls. Interpretive guides will teach you about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit the Canadian Rockies. The highlight of the tour is the Devil's Gap; a glacial path carved through Lake Minnewanka from the foothills of the Rockies. The Lake Minnewanka Valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.
per person
May-Oct
Throughout the day
1 Hour

Banff Helicopter Flights

A once in a lifetime experience to fly over mountain peaks, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and to the "Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies". A helicopter sightseeing flight will leave you breathless. Located 30 minutes from the town of Banff in nearby Canmore, these sightseeing flights take in the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and unparalleled views of Banff National Park. Choose from three sightseeing flights: 12 Minutes - 3 Sisters Peak Tour An excellent tour for the first-time flyer in the Canadian Rockies, and the most action packed 12 minutes of your life! Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley. You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight will provide views of
per person
Year Round
Throughout the day
12 Mins, 25 Mins, 30 Mins
Marvel Pass Private Helicopter Tour

Private Banff Heli Sightseeing

Located on the south west border of Banff National Park, Marvel Pass has long been a favourite spot for that special private moment. This private helicopter tour is sure to impress. This private tour for two flies south from Canmore past the Three Sisters, over the Spray Reservoir and the high ridges to Marvel Lake and the famous Mount Assiniboine, also known as the “Matterhorn of the Rockies”. The pilot takes you in for a close-up look at the hanging glaciers before heading south to Marvel Pass, where you set down at 7,200 feet, close to Aurora Lake, surrounded by larch trees, small lakes and towering peaks. This spectacular location offers breathtaking vistas which are perfect for marriage proposals. You can spend up to quarter of an hour at this magnificent location before re-boarding for the 15 minute return flight to the
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Year Round
Throughout the day
45 Mins
Alpine Heli Hike Landing at Charles Mount Stewart

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 guided high-alpine hike. Experience one of the best days of hiking you can ever imagine! With little effort you’ll be transported by helicopter up through a mountain valley and then dropped off onto a high alpine meadow where you’ll have fantastic high alpine hiking, unsurpassed mountain views in all directions - and you’ll be the only people around for miles! From the starting point, you’ll have 2.5 to 3 hours to hike over open meadows and ridges with your guide. The hiking difficulty ranges from easy to moderate depending the makeup of the group with lots of changes in terrain. Depending on the ability of the group, you'll have options to walk grassy ridgelines, cross streams, observe herds of
per person
Jul-Sep
9:30am, 1:00pm
3 Hours
Panoramic views over Banff on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley. It's more than just a chairlift ride, this scenic ride into the sky takes you up to 7,000 feet over a natural grizzly and black bear habitat. Enjoy spectacular views looking down into the Town of Banff and across Spray and Bow Valleys with the stunning jagged edges of Mt Rundle as a feature for all your photos. At the top relax over a snack or meal, craft brews or a glass of wine at the Cliffhouse Bistro while dining at 6,900 feet, keep your eyes out for bighorn sheep and ground squirrels and take a walk along the interpretive walkway - or explore further on one of the hiking trails. Located
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Jun-Oct
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
Family Carriage Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Carriage Rides

See the highlights of Banff in style on a private horse-drawn carriage ride tour or arrange a custom carriage ride transfer for a special event. Each carriage can hold up to six passengers and we offer three standard tours from downtown Banff, as well as the ability to customize a tour specifically for you. Downtown Banff Carriage Ride - 15 Minutes This carriage ride takes you through town and along the Bow River. You will pass by many of the original homesteads of Banff, each having a story to tell. From the Bow River you pass by Banff’s Central Park and back onto Banff Avenue for your return to downtown Banff. Price: $77.00 per carriage Bow River Carriage Ride - 30 Minutes A carriage ride taking you over the Bow River and past the Indian Trading Post (home of the Merman!) onto one
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Apr-Oct
Throughout the day
15 Mins, 30 Mins, 1 Hour

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort with views to Victoria Glacier, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities, Lake Louise will capture your heart. Cruise for 14 glorious minutes, in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola, to one of Banff National Park's greatest views! From the top at 2,088m (6850ft), the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will – there are ambitious hikes to the summit of Mt. Whitehorn for the hardy, or equally lovely short, leisurely strolls for those with more modest exercise goals. Whatever your fitness level, Lake Louise will quickly capture your heart, so be sure to bring your camera to save your own special memories of soaring peaks, stunning glaciers, lush carpets of alpine wildflowers fed by clear bubbling springs, and-often-delightful glimpses of wildlife surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of summer. Other activities
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May-Oct
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from downtown Banff. Please note that the Banff Gondola will be closed from January 7 - 18, 2019 for annual maintenance (subject to change). Sit back and relax in a four passenger, modern glass enclosed gondola. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) above sea level. You will feel like you're on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck, where the optional Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk (an 1km self-guided interpretive walkway) leads you to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sanson's Peak Meteorological Station. Other services at the Banff Gondola include gift shops,
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Year Round
Throughout the day
Open Ticket
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours

Sundance Overnight – 1 Night

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time? Then this 2 day overnight trip is perfect for you. Meander along a trail that takes you to the tranquil Bow River. Relax and enjoy a cowboy coffee by campfire along the way before arriving at Sundance Lodge, secluded but just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from town. At night, relax on the porch or linger near the crackling fireplace and watch the starry night. The Sundance Overnight trip for perfect for ages, families or groups of friends because anyone can do it. Plus, the journey overall is surprisingly comfortable.
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May-Oct
2 Days
Saturday
Backcountry Sundance Overnight Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Discover Banff Tours

Sundance Explorer – 2 Nights

Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry lodge comfort. Cowboy style. This adventure takes you along the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, one of the best spots in Banff to spot elk, deer or even moose roaming along the shores. Follow the historic Strom Pack Trail, travelled by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s, while taking in awe-evoking views of the Sundance mountain range. At night, the cozy Sundance Lodge gives you a surprisingly comfortable spot to rest your head. Snuggle by the fire, devour gourmet backcountry cuisine and swap tales about the day’s adventures with your fellow riders.
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May-Oct
3 Days
Monday
Backcountry Horseback Ride with Discover Banff Tours

Erling Strom Trail Lodge – 3 Nights

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West, tracing the paths that the early pioneers used while exploring these untamed forests. On this trip you will follow the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s. Amidst dense fragrant pines and snow-crested mountains that pierce the sky, you’ll get to experience the wild side of Banff that not many visitors get to see. Remote and without any internet or cell service, the backcountry lodges where you will be staying offer a chance to find peaceful quiet and reconnect with friends and loved ones over a crackling campfire. With a backcountry expert to guide you, this horseback experience is a chance to learn about the history of early exploration in the region. With four days to wander and discover Canada’s oldest
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Jun-Sep
4 Days
Wednesday
Backcountry Halfday Lodge Tour in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Halfway Lodge – 5 Nights

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this with rugged scenery and quintessential mountain log cabin comfort. Sky-piercing mountains stretch out across the landscape, their peaks crusted with ice and snow. The air is cool and fresh. And best of all, there’s an almost zen-like quiet out here. This is just another day on the trail when you go on our 6-day Halfway Lodge horseback adventure. You’ll pass by the shimmering waters of the Bow River, travel along a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass, where jagged rock formations line the route. And although you do climb to an elevation of 8,100 feet on this trip, the terrain is gentle for the entire way. And for all the rugged scenery you’ll get to gaze at on this trek, the adventure
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Jun-Sep
6 Days
Thursday, Sunday
Jasper Wildlife Tour

Wildlife Discovery Tour

Join the daily Wildlife Discovery Tour with knowledgeable guides who are trained to seek out Jasper’s most iconic creatures - big and small! Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose, are just a sample of Jasper’s many wild mountain animals. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park. The guides are well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area and are happy to answer any questions you may have. As the bus travels through the Athabasca Valley you will be shown some of the park’s most beautiful scenery, so have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos of the highlights of your visit. This tour is the perfect way to
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May-Oct
3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
3 Hours
Maligne Lake Boat Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Valley Sightseeing Tour

Take an amazing guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley followed by a Maligne Lake boat cruise to the famous Spirit Island or a guided hike. The exploration will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies you can either relax aboard the famous Maligne Lake boat cruise to Spirit Island or enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km / 2mile – weather and trail conditions permitting). The Maligne Valley Tour is mainly a nature, scenic, and geological voyage but it is also an excellent opportunity to see some of Jasper’s wildlife.
per person
May-Oct
8:30am
5 Hours
Jasper canoe tour at Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake Canoe Tour

Take a peaceful guided paddle on pristine Pyramid Lake in Jasper surrounded by the unique natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Only minutes from town, Pyramid Lake offers unique opportunities to appreciate Jasper's natural beauty, and the canoe tours are an excellent way to start or finish your day in Jasper National Park. Choose from a morning tour (the best time of day for animal sightings!) or an evening tour as the sun sets behind the mountains. Keep an eye out for osprey, loons, muskrats and beavers as you paddle - fingers-crossed, you may even see a moose, bear, elk, deer and wolves! No experience is required for this tour and all necessary paddling and safety equipment will be provided by your guide, as well as home-baked treats and hot beverages. Transportation can be provided from town, or meet
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May-Oct
8:00am, 6:00pm
3 Hours
Glacier Skywalk on the Jasper to Lake Louise and Banff Tour

Icefields Parkway: Banff to Jasper

This one-way tour from Banff to Jasper takes you along the famous Icefields Parkway through some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and numerous glaciers in the majesty of Canada’s two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway will include Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefields, the Weeping Wall and Athabasca Falls. Your stop at the Columbia Icefields will provide you with approximately four hours to take part in the Ice Explorer tour onto the Athabasca Glacier, and/or explore the Glacier Skywalk overlooking the Sunwapta Valley. You may also choose to enjoy the interpretive exhibits at the Columbia Icefield Centre or take a short guided walk to a scenic viewpoint. A picnic lunch
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May-Oct
8:30am
10 Hours
Columbia Icefields Parkway Tour

Icefields Parkway: Jasper to Banff

This one-way tour from Jasper to Banff takes you along the famous Icefields Parkway through some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and numerous glaciers in the majesty of Canada’s two most famous National Parks, Jasper and Banff. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway will include Athabasca Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake, and the Crowfoot Glacier. Your stop at the Columbia Icefields will provide you with approximately four hours to take part in the Ice Explorer tour onto the Athabasca Glacier, and explore the Glacier Skywalk overlooking the Sunwapta Valley. You may also choose to enjoy the interpretive exhibits at the Columbia Icefield Centre or take a short guided walk to a scenic viewpoint. A picnic lunch is also included.
per person
May-Oct
8:30am
10 Hours
Rockies Heli Sightseeing Tours at the Icefields

Icefields Helicopter Flights

See the Canadian Rockies on spectacular Icefields heli sightseeing flights with glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, alpine lakes and 11,200 foot peaks. Located 25 minutes from the famous Columbia Icefields between Banff and Jasper, these helicopter tours are perfect for those who like to venture off the beaten track and fully immerse themselves into the incredible sights and sounds of nature. Want to stop along the way? A one-hour scenic stopover for a hike or snowshoe (depending on the season), and a picnic can be added on to all flights. Choose from three sightseeing flights: 20 Minutes - Six Glaciers Tour Get ready for the most awe-inspiring 20 minutes of your life! Deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll lift off to an incredible view of Abraham Lake and soar at a cool 100mph, 9,000 ft (2,900m) over Cline
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Year Round
Throughout the day
20 Mins, 30 Mins, 55 Mins
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Sanctuary Walk in Cochrane

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Self Guided

This self-guided interpretive walk allows visitors to see the sanctuary and view and photograph the various packs of wolfdogs at your own pace. Educational signs are placed throughout the sanctuary, so visitors are able to learn interesting and key facts about wolves and wolfdogs. This is a great opportunity to learn interesting facts about wolves and wolfdogs and support the sanctuary, as well as photograph the wolfdogs from outside their enclosures. Throughout the day different activities are scheduled, so while on the walk guests may be able to see different packs get fed, given toys etc. This tour provides a general admission into the sanctuary. Since this tour has unlimited availability, this is a great tour option for large groups, school groups, and any last minute visits to the sanctuary. Please note that there is no interaction with the wolfdogs
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Year Round
Throughout the day
1 Hour
See wolfdogs on the intro tour at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Intro

Want to know more about wolfdogs? Learn all about the sanctuary during a 30 minute introductory talk inside a wolfdog enclosure. Please note that Intro Tours will not be running from October 22nd to November 19th 2018, due to construction work on the viewing platform. During the tour guests are taken inside one of the wolfdog enclosures (behind a short barrier) and given a 30 minute presentation on wolfdogs. Guests can expect to learn general information on wolfdogs and the mission of the sanctuary from an experienced staff member. This is a great way to photograph one of the packs of wolfdogs from inside their enclosure as well as have full access to one of the wolfdog experts. In addition, guests can also enjoy a self-guided Sanctuary Walk, either before or after their tour. Please note that there is no interaction
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Year Round
10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm
30 Mins
The interactive tour allows you to feed wolfdogs at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary near Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Interactive

Come enjoy an up-close and intimate look at wolves and wolfdogs on this semi-private guided sanctuary tour with plenty of photo opportunities. Gain a better understanding about wolf behaviour through the wolfdogs at the sanctuary and how this behaviour fundamentally differs from domestic dogs. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the importance of wolves in our ecosystem, and why it’s so important to preserve them in the natural environment. You will also have plenty of photo opportunities and ample time to speak with a sanctuary team member leading the tour. This exclusive tour has limited availability and restricted numbers per tour to ensure the wolfdogs stay inquisitive and close during your visit, and is the only sanctuary tour that offers an up-close and personal experience with wolfdogs.
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Year Round
10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
45 Mins
Canmore Caves

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 Cave. After meeting your guide at the office in Canmore, you will then follow the guide in convoy for a 10 minute drive to the cave parking lot where you’ll pack up your caving gear then hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail to the cave, your guide will share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. You will discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some of our local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Inside the cave, you’ll get to
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Year Round
9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
4.5 Hours
Canmore Caving

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 Cave. After meeting your guide at the office in Canmore, you will then follow the guide in convoy for a 10 minute drive to the cave parking lot where you’ll pack up your caving gear then hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail to the cave, your guide will share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. You will discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some of our local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Soon after entering the cave you’ll
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Year Round
8:45am, 10:15am, 11:45am
6 Hours
Hydra Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse River Classic Whitewater Rafting

The Kicking Horse River is the Rockies' most thrilling whitewater rafting with Class 1-4 rapids. Located 1.5 hours from Banff near Golden, BC, this rafting tour is a popular whitewater journey combines a mix of class 1-4 rapids that the Kicking Horse River is famous for. Starting at a relaxing pace you can perfect your rafting skills with your teammates and guide and enjoy the views of the serene upper section. As the canyon narrows, the waves build, drenching rafters in continuous rapids such as Shot Gun, Man Eater and Roller Coaster. If you have energy to burn afterwards, try out the beach volleyball court with new friends or just relax and enjoy the scene. This tour is recommended for adventurous first-time rafters as well as seasoned paddlers.
per person
May-Sep
9:00am, 12:30pm
4 Hours
Take a fun SUP group tour in Banff
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

A one hour morning or sunset stand up paddleboarding tour is the perfect way to explore spectacular Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. Take a morning or sunset stand up paddleboard (SUP) tour at Two Jack Lake, located just 15 minutes from downtown Banff. After a safety and paddle technique briefing, we will tour the lake and improve our technique. The group will explore neighbouring Lake Minnewanka, go to a secret fish spot and potentially spot some wildlife. All equipment is provided so all you need to do is show up. Stand Up Paddleboarding is a relatively easy sport that can be enjoyed by all age groups. No experience is required and all equipment is provided so all you need to do is show up! Morning tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and the evening tours run on Fridays.
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May-Sep
10:00am, 7:30pm
1 Hour