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 across glittering Lake Louise, 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.


  • Take a trip to natural landmarks including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Lake Louise
  • Visit historic sites such as the Chateau Lake Louise and Banff Springs Hotel
  • Bring your camera – we spot wildlife on over 95% of our tours
  • Tours are free for infants aged five and under
Banff sightseeing tours in winter

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, moose 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. A complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!
per person
3 Hours
Discover Lake Louise

Discover Lake Louise

A vast frozen lake surrounded by an amphitheater of snow-dusted craggy peaks — Lake Louise is postcard-perfect in winter.  On this tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own: rent a pair of skates and glide along the lake, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, warm up with a hot drink at the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Resort Hotel or simply soak up the views. This tour allows you just over four hours of free time at Lake Louise. Use this time to join a sleigh ride along the shoreline, borrow our snowshoes and explore the many trails, or enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Resort Hotel. Lake Louise is also the best location to take in some dogsledding (advanced bookings are required).
per person
7 Hours
Banff sightseeing

Discover Banff & Lake Louise – Fall Colours

The fall is a fantastic time for sightseeing and viewing wildlife. 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 time 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 its like living in a national park with animals sometimes literally, on our doorsteps!
per person
5 Hours