Winter Sightseeing Tours

In the depths of winter, Banff National Park feels like nowhere else on earth. Pine forests creak under the weight of freshly fallen snow, giant lakes freeze over with shimmering ice and bears and elk scour the backcountry in search of food.

On our Banff and Lake Louise winter tours, local guides will lead through you this icy wilderness, teaching you about the natural environment, historic sights, and the survival habits of the region’s wildlife.

Your mode of transportation? How about snowshoeing by glittering Lake Louise on a full day tour, taking a wind-in-your hair dog sledding ride or simply hiking through the stunning terrain. Whatever way you choose to see Banff in winter, it always feels magical.

Highlights:

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of the highlights of Banff (the bears are sleeping at this time).  Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's landmarks, learn its history and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat. The tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka. Plus, enjoy hot chocolate and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. A complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!
per person
Dec-Apr
8:30am
3 Hours
Ice skate on Lake Louise on the winter Discover Lake Louise Tour with Discover Banff Tours
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Discover Lake Louise

A vast frozen lake surrounded by sparkling snow and an amphitheatre of snow-dusted mountain peaks - Lake Louise is postcard-perfect in winter.  Lake Louise transforms into a real life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. On this full day tour you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own: borrow our snowshoes and explore the many trails, wander the shoreline and take in the iconic views, and warm up with a hot drink or a leisurely lunch at the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. To make the most of your visit, rent a pair of ice skates and skate on the frozen lake - an authentic Canadian experience! From late January to mid March you can even skate around an impressive ice castle and ice sculptures. Horse drawn sleigh rides
per person
Dec-Apr
10:15am
7 Hours
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
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife with Discover Banff Tours

Private Winter Sightseeing Tours

Looking to tour with just your friends or family? Book a private sightseeing tour of Banff National Park and see the top local sights from frozen Lake Louise to Bow Falls. Use one of our existing winter sightseeing tours, the morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour or spend an afternoon on the Discover Lake Louise Tour 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 sightseeing tour. Contact Us for Custom Quote: Call: 1 -877-565-9372 to chat, or complete the form below.
per person
Nov-Apr
5 Hours
All Ages