Banff Wildlife Tours

Watch rutting elk lock horns in combat, giant moose strut across the landscape, and shaggy-haired grizzly bears fish for salmon in glacial-fed rivers.

Seeing these creatures for the first time is a true Banff experience.

On our wildlife watching tours, there’s no knowing what animals you might end up spotting. But our eagle-eyed guides know the top places to visit for the best chances of a sighting.

On our Evening Wildlife Safari, keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, deer and coyotes. To guarantee seeing a bear, join our Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour and meet "Boo" - an orphaned bear who lives and plays in the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat.

Highlights

  • We see wildlife on over 95% of our tours
  • Learn about animal behavior, eating habits and the conservation efforts being made to protect their natural environment
  • Buses are smaller so you have more interaction with the guide and everyone has a great view
  • Buses feature hands-on interpretive props and binoculars to help you get a closer look at wildlife
  • Tours are free for children aged five and under
Evening Wildlife Safari Tour

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 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. Grab your binoculars and 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
per person
Apr – Oct
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
2 Hours
Grizzly Bear Refuge

Discover Grizzly Bears

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.
per person
Jun – Sep
8:30am
10 Hours
Yamnuska WolfDog Sanctuary

Discover Wolfdogs

With the playfulness of a dog but the wily intelligence of a wolf, wolfdogs are fascinating half-breed creatures. Meet them close up at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in the Cochrane foothills. This experience is as close as you are likely to ever get to the wild and elusive wolf - while still in a safe and secure context. The sanctuary is purpose-designed with the welfare of the animals at heart. It’s clear to see the staff at Yamnuska have a passion for the animals. They’ll teach you about how First Nations people and European settlers viewed wolves, the challenges these rare animals face and the importance of protecting them in the wild. On the way to the sanctuary we’ll stop at Gap Lake for a jaw-dropping view. You’ll also get to visit the 1875 McDougal Church - the oldest church
per person
May-Sep
4 Hours
12+