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Banff, Canada
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and its wildlife
  • Visit historic places and famous landmarks
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Professional guide
Maple cookie snack, fresh water
Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Hands on interpretive tools
Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel
Optional gratuities
Mount Royal Hotel , 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

You must be ready 15 minutes before departure. Please meet in the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel (hotel address: 138 Banff Ave, Banff).

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Learn the stories behind the most famous natural and historic sights near the renowned resort town of Banff on this small-group tour. Discover the history and geology of the Banff area and get an overview of the unique landmarks that give this mountain town its distinctive flair.

Start the day with a morning pickup in Banff, continuing onwards to some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as Bow Falls, the famous Banff Springs Hotel, Lake Minnewanka, and the Hoodoos, and Bow Valley lookout. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, bears and bighorn sheep as this is a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning.

Please note this tour is seasonal and only operates between April and mid-October.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Minnewanka
Visit Lake Minnewanka, Banff's largest lake, and hear stories about the underwater ghost town.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bow Falls
See Bow Falls roaring rapids, as water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight. These falls were featured in several classic Hollywood films of the 1950s including 'River of No Return' with Marilyn Monroe.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Surprise Corner
This viewpoint gives an iconic view of the “Castle Of The Rockies” against the backdrop of Sulphur Mountain with the majestic Bow River in the foreground.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoodoos Trail
Learn about the hoodoos from your guide as you look out over this impressive viewpoint.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bankhead Ghost Town
Learn about an abandoned mining town and relic of Banff’s industrial past at this scenic stop.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Banff Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Dont expect to much from this tour, it gives you a good first overview and nice stopps but not much more." See review
  • "Amazing scenery, the tour was great, didn't see much wildlife but that can be expected as nothing is guaranteed, but it didn't stop out enjoyment of the day." See review

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star-5
No bears☹️
Jacqueline_T
, Oct 2021
Andrew was a great tour operator. Friendly and informative. Unfortunately we didn’t see bears, but the scenery was beautiful
star-5
Amazing guide Neil!
armaghan_s
, Sep 2021
Neil is awesome! I think other tour guides should be taking a tour with him to learn more about how a truly professional and knowledgeable guide should be. He is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. Very patient with questions as well.
star-5
Excellent trip.
Jeff_S
, Sep 2021
Great trip, excellent driver - Andrew. Knowledgeable with a sense of humour and friendly. Looked after all the passengers well.
star-5
Awesome tour guide
Justin_T
, Jul 2021
My father and my friend went on the tour yesterday July 13 and it was great. I think her name was ANak. She was super awesome and she really knows her stuff. She kept things interesting and it was actually my dads favourite part of our whole trip. I would do the tour again but wish we had the same driver.
star-5
Amazing day out
Marilyn22262
, Nov 2019
Amazing scenery, the tour was great, didn't see much wildlife but that can be expected as nothing is guaranteed, but it didn't stop out enjoyment of the day.
star-5
Introduction to Banff and its Wildlife
Mary_P
, Oct 2019
We were picked up by Nick, our guide for the morning. He had lots of interesting information about the town of Banff and its wildlife. We went to Bow Falls, saw the magnificent Banff Fairmont Hotel and learned about rebuilding of the hotel. We did see some elk and heard about the habits of bears getting ready for hibernation. Nick introduced us to cream maple cookies, which we all enjoyed.
star-2
A little more wildlife and a little less guide
janallan53
, Sep 2019
Was totally underwhelmed by guide who behaved like an over enthusiastic puppy. From start to finish non stop with her inane babbling. I’m sorry to say she ruined the trip. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the elk on the golf course, wonderful sighting.
star-4
Nice for a first idea of Banff
CubaClau
, Aug 2019
Dont expect to much from this tour, it gives you a good first overview and nice stopps but not much more. If you are lucky you see some wildlife as we did but the short stops at lake and waterfall is not much more then a foto stopp. Had a good and funny driverguide but if you really want to get to know banff and the region better choose a real wildlife, hiking tour or similar. This is more a first driver around some spots just to give you a idea. For this its almost to expensive.
star-5
Loaded with info
Daniel W
, Jun 2019
Tyler was an excellent guide, loaded with facts, anecdotes and humor. We saw all the advertised sites and had some bonus wildlife sightings, closeup
star-5
Excellent Tour
Karin_F
, May 2019
This is a great tour for first time visitors. It gives one an idea what to see. The tour guide Nicole was great and we got to see so much in 4 hours.
star-5
It was really chill. Nice little...
Channel_T
, Apr 2018
It was really chill. Nice little tour bus with a great guide that would introduce each places we visited with a bit of history or basic infos. They would stop at amazing spots to take great pictures. No need to rent a car, this tour was perfect to take us to the best places and viewpoints to see. Hop-on Hop-Off kinda tour but with a guide. i recommend
star-5
We had a great time on our Banff...
Patricia W
, Aug 2017
We had a great time on our Banff and Wildlife tour. We only had one day to fit what we could and the half day tour with Ali was full of information and high points of Banff. We were able to stop and get photos while on the the tour and our driver Ali was fantastic.
star-5
We had a brilliant tour guide from...
Kim M
, Oct 2016
We had a brilliant tour guide from Winnipeg, unfortunately can't remember his name but he was great fun and made the tour really. We stopped off on various sites and lakes, binoculars were included which was great for trying to spot bears and deers. Really worthwhile trip that I thoroughly enjoyed
star-5
Great guide, nice overview, time well...
Daniel S
, Oct 2016
Great guide, nice overview, time well spent. Would strongly recommend this tour.
star-4
The guide was knowledgeable and easy...
Patricia G
, Sep 2016
The guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. He had lots of stories to tell, making it fun and informative at the same time. While we didn't see any wildlife, the guide was careful to point out signs of them that might not be apparent to the casual observer. The scenery was beautiful. The only reason it has four rather than five stars is because the tour started about 20 minutes late -- 20 minutes where we had to wait outside in the chilly air. I would recommend this tour to others.
star-4
A good basic tour if you want to get...
Thomas W
, Aug 2016
A good basic tour if you want to get a feel for the Banff area and the wildlife that may show up at any time.
star-5
Our guide knew tons of local history...
Kiptoo M
, Aug 2016
Our guide knew tons of local history and dropped tons of knowledge about nature surrounding Banff. My only slight rant would be that we hardly saw much wildlife besides chipmunks, ground squirrels and a quickly disappearing deer nobody's fault really, our guide tried their best to stop and try find them. You'll probably find more wildlife the further away from the town/humans. Brilliant for the nature and history though, I would go if you have about 34 hours to see the major highlights of this pretty town.
star-5
Great tour - beautiful scenery...
Ian P
, Aug 2016
Great tour - beautiful scenery, knowledgeable guide and a peaceful hike at Maligne Lake.
star-5
love banff and this tour was great our...
Janet T
, May 2016
love banff and this tour was great our tour guide was excellent
star-5
Becky was a most awesome tour guide...
Paul O
, Sep 2015
Becky was a most awesome tour guide. The hot chocolate and Two Jacks lake was very nice touch.

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