Banff
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Our most recommended Banff Cruises & Boat Tours

  • Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

    1. Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

    Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River on a family-friendly canoe tour. Get ready to be amazed by extraordinary views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies around you. This sightseeing tour is perfect for the whole family and doesn't require any previous experience. Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff. As you journey upstream, your expert guide will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing, and interesting local facts. Admire the scenery around you, while learning how to paddle as a team. After 1 and a half hours of fun, enjoy a complimentary, refreshing lemonade on the shore.

    We loved our tour - there was 9 of us for a work trip and went canoeing to see some sights. Some in our group had never been and we all had a great time. Our guide, Ryan, was knowledgeable and funny. He pointed out the mountains in the area and provided lots of information about Banff and the surrounding area. I would definitely recommend the tour.

  • Banff: Sightseeing, Lake Minnewanka Cruise, & Banff Gondola

    2. Banff: Sightseeing, Lake Minnewanka Cruise, & Banff Gondola

    Join a 6.5-hour tour to learn about culture, geology, and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. Experience some of the most incredible sights and sounds that western Canada has to offer. Visit and learn about Banff, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos, and Two Jack Viewpoint. Then, head up the Banff Gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a 360-degree view. Climb aboard your four-person gondola cabin with large windows, sit back, and relax. During the eight-minute ride to the summit of Sulpher Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. Set off on an exciting hike across the Sulpher Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site of Canada. Complete the day with a historical tour of Lake Minnewanka on a lake c...

  • Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

    3. Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

    Enjoy whitewater rafting down an idyllic stretch of the Kanaskasis River, the perfect excursion for families, groups, and newcomers to whitewater rafting. Explore the pristine waterways of the Kananaskis River. Scout for local wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Meet at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge on Highway 1A. Start your rafting adventure with a 45-minute drive from Banff or Calgary. Enjoy the short scenic ride as you wind through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, ride in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Kananaskis River. Here, your guides will provide safety instructions and teach your paddle techniques. Feel equipped and ready to go as you prepare for the river. Board your raft and begin your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river. Practice differ...

    Great tour guides, with a great sense of humor. Everyone was very approachable, and very efficient with instructions/information. Great family activity. I will be returning.

  • Banff: Winter Wonders Tour with Banff Gondola Ride

    4. Banff: Winter Wonders Tour with Banff Gondola Ride

    Get a classic Canadian wintertime experience in Banff on this tour. Sample some of the most quintessential winter moments in the area — snowshoeing at Lake Minnewanka, walking along steaming thermal waters, and marveling at clean, clear skies perfect for amazing photos. After complimentary pickup at one of the three pickup points in Banff, enjoy a scenic ride and learn interesting facts about the area from your knowledgeable tour guide. Make your first stop at the breathtaking Two Jack Lake, then continue to Lake Minnewanka to experience snowshoeing by this beautiful frozen lake surrounded by snowy peaks and snow-covered fir trees. Next, head to the iconic Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Here, see where the original Banff Hot Springs were found and learn about how Banff National Park began. Continue to the Bow Falls, a dramatic waterfall with a 9-meter (29-foot) drop that offers...

    Awesome tour, My husband and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Ellie (our tour guide) was very friendly and professional and went above and beyond to book my husband and I into the SkyBistro (which she didn’t have to do) so that we could have a romantic dinner together,We also left our bags in the bus at the bottom of Sulfur Mountain and our bags were brought to us (which they didn’t have to do) we were so happy she could do this for us. The snowshoe walk on lake minnewanka was jaw droppingly beautiful and after that Ellie made us a hot chocolate which was just perfect. Ellie and Brad (the driver) were funny, knew their stuff and my husband and I are so happy with the tour.

  • Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

    5. Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

    Discover life on the Bow River in a 12-seat Canoe. Start the tour in the evening and learn fun facts about animal habitats, behaviors, and conservation in the region. Escape the bustling Banff streets and get back to nature. Enjoy paddling up the scenic Bow while keeping your eyes peeled for some of the locals like bald eagles, elk, muskrats, and maybe even “Barry” the resident beaver. Let our informative guides share the best practices for wildlife encounters and discover the challenges they face with increasing human interaction.

  • Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

    6. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

    Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling technique...

    I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

  • Kicking Horse River: 3-Hour Introduction to Rafting

    7. Kicking Horse River: 3-Hour Introduction to Rafting

    Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back t...

    Employees were organized and friendly. The guide we had was Andrew and he made the trip! Over all we had an amazing adventure and will recommend to others!! Thank you!

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What people are saying about Banff

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We loved our tour - there was 9 of us for a work trip and went canoeing to see some sights. Some in our group had never been and we all had a great time. Our guide, Ryan, was knowledgeable and funny. He pointed out the mountains in the area and provided lots of information about Banff and the surrounding area. I would definitely recommend the tour.

I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

Great tour guides, with a great sense of humor. Everyone was very approachable, and very efficient with instructions/information. Great family activity. I will be returning.

Very good family activity. We really enjoyed it. Liam was a great tour guide.

Super friendly and fun staff and an excelent experience overall