Banff Wildlife Tours

Watch rutting elk lock horns in combat, a family of bighorn sheep grazing, and shaggy-haired grizzly bears feast on buffaloberries. 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 popular Evening Wildlife Safari, keep your eyes peeled for animals such as elk, bears, bighorn sheep, deer and coyotes. Or to guarantee seeing a bear, join our Discover Grizzly Bears Tour and meet Boo – an orphaned bear who lives and plays in the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat.

Learn about wolfdogs and meet these amazing animals up close at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. This not-for-profit organisation offers a variety of tours to educate the public on wolfdogs and raise awareness regarding wolf conservation.

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 to help you get a better understanding of the wildlife
  • Most tours are free for children aged five and under (please note that some tours have a strict minimum age)
Interpretive tools at the Patch on Mount Norquay
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.   Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's landmarks,
per person
8:30am
3 Hours
All Ages
See elk and other animals on a Banff wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
Most Popular

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
per person
5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, Varies seasonally
2 Hours
All Ages
Grizzly Bear Refuge

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
per person
8:30am
10 Hours
All Ages
See animals such as grizzly bears on a wildlife tour
Family Fun

Wildlife Tour + Chairlift + Lake Cruise

Combo Package; look for wildlife on a twilight tour, ride a chairlift to 7,000' and cruise Banff's largest lake. Included: Evening Wildlife Safari (start time varies seasonally) Where do you find the animals of Banff when the sun goes down?
per person
2+
Jun-Oct
Yamnuska WolfDog Sanctuary

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Self Guided

The self-guided walk through this Wolfdog Sanctuary in the Canmore area lets visitors see the sanctuary at their own pace, allowing time to view and photograph the various packs of wolfdogs.   The self-guided tour is a great way to
per person
Throughout the day
1 Hour
6+
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Sanctuary Walk in Cochrane

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Intro

Want to know more about wolfdogs? Learn all about the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and our wolfdog rescue initiatives during a 30-minute introductory talk inside a wolfdog enclosure.   This quick tour takes you to a viewing platform within the enclosure
per person
10:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 12:15pm
30 Mins
10+
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
per person
10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
45 Mins
15+
See elk on wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours

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
per person
5 Hours
All Ages
Leisurely