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  • Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

    1. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

    Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot.

    Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains.

    After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall.

    Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantasti...

    Everyone was super friendly. The whole experience was even better than expected. Definitely recommended.

  • 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: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

    3. Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

    Get picked up by your friendly guide from the meeting point in Banff, then enjoy the drive in a modern minibus. Take the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive through a wildlife-rich habitat. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the easy 1.1km hike with 65m elevation gain to the lower falls, walking along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way, your guide will highlight unique features by powerful flashlight and pause for moments of darkness and quiet to foster an appreciation for spending time in the canyon at night. At the turn around point, your guide will illuminate the expanding ice that encases the rushing water. Have...

    Your guide Jeff is amazing!! The whole experience was wonderful :) highly recommend. Very unique

  • Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

    4. Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

    Start with pickup from Banff and travel in a modern minibus along the Bow Valley Parkway to the Canyon. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the moderate 2.7 kilometer hike with 135 meter elevation to the Upper Falls. Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way you'll learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed and stop at the Lower Falls, where you'll have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view. At the Upper Falls, enjoy a brief stop on the upper deck with a small refreshment break to enjoy the views. These gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling th...

    Best way to explore Johnston Canyon is by booking a Tour, we had Great time, it was fun, educational, safe and adventurous tour. Our tour guide Jeff was professional and knowledgeable on the tour. We booked our Tour via Discovery Your. We will definitely go with Discovery Tours on our next adventure. Cheers!

  • Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

    5. Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

    After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Hike to Stanley Glacier Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering wa...

    Very knowledgeable guide. The weather was rainy but we did get some nice views. We finished early so the guide asked if we would like to visit a nearby canyon which we did. It was very considerate of him to offer us that/

  • Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

    6. Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

    Maximize your time in Banff National Park with this Hop-On-Hop-Off Pass and see all the main sights at your own pace. The stops include Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and the Lake Louise Gondola (admission is not included). There are 3 departures from Banff, so you can start early and see everything, or sleep in and enjoy a tour along the famous Bow Valley Parkway to Moraine Lake before your return to Banff. • Stop 1 - Banff - The tour departs at 07:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 12:15 PM daily • Stop 2 - Johnston Canyon - Hop off here to hike up to the beautiful Upper and Lower Falls or even go all the way up to the famous Ink Pots • Stop 3 - Lake Louise Gondola - Soar by gondola or chairlift to the most stunning views on the Lake Louise Gondola • Stop 4 & Stop 5 - Lake Louise - Make sure to hop-off here to enjoy Lake Louise and all that it has to offer. Check out Lake Agnes Teahous...

    Just great! Guides were knowledgeable and so nice, seen all the main attractions in one long day

  • Banff: Marble Canyon Snowshoeing in Kootenay National Park

    7. Banff: Marble Canyon Snowshoeing in Kootenay National Park

    This is an excellent trip for beginners as it covers mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain, and also suits anyone wanting a pleasant activity outdoors in the majestic Kootenay National Park. Your guide will pick you up from Banff in a modern minibus and take you along Highway 93 South, a scenic drive that takes you into Kootenay National Park. On arrival at the Marble Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on snowshoes over your winter boots, as well as give you an introduction on the art of snowshoeing. To start the tour, you'll hike along the bridges around Marble Canyon’s 40-meters deep gorge, worn away over centuries by the rushing waters of Tokumn Creek. Look down over the railings at the frozen falls below. Then, take a 3 kilometre winter walk along the nearby trails and search for snowshoe hare, moose and wolf tracks while exploring how the landscape is ...

    We had a grand time. It was just 5 of us total and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely would go again. Hugh was great. He has great passion for his job.

  • Banff: Johnston Canyon Hike to the Ink Pots

    8. Banff: Johnston Canyon Hike to the Ink Pots

    Hike up through Johnston's Canyon on walkways extended into the canyon. Enjoy beautiful views while passing waterfalls or icefalls, depending on the time of year. Walk through the home of the migratory and endangered Black Swift. Learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the Canadian Rockies. After hiking through the canyon enjoy the quiet hum of the forest before arriving at a cool spring, the Ink Pots, with great views of Mt. Ishbel. Enjoy some time to relax at the Ink Pots before returning back to the carpark.

  • Banff: Tunnel Mountain Trail Audio Guide

    9. Banff: Tunnel Mountain Trail Audio Guide

    Listen to a nature guide through your smartphone as you hike to the summit of Tunnel Mountain following the Tunnel Mountain Trail. Start your hike at the base of the mountain. Follow nature trails for 4.3km and stop at lookouts to admire the view along the way. See views of Banff, Bow River, and the Sulphur Mountain. Hear about the famous Banff character Bill Peyto, Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, local plants and wildlife, geology of the mountains, and Banff Park history from your pre-recorded audio guide. Take as much time as you wish to complete the walk and stop where you want along the way. The audio guide will keep you and your family engaged along the way. Fun audio clips will play as you walk, using a live GPS map. The guide does not use any data, and the tour is easy to navigate. Each point of interest has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sites. After the commenta...

  • Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

    10. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

    Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

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What people are saying about Banff

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Very knowledgeable guide. The weather was rainy but we did get some nice views. We finished early so the guide asked if we would like to visit a nearby canyon which we did. It was very considerate of him to offer us that/

It was amazing. The guide (Anick) was fabulous and made sure we were all well prepared and had what we needed. Hike was challenging but the views were spectacular. Thank you!

Everyone was super friendly. The whole experience was even better than expected. Definitely recommended.

Beautiful hikes - guide very knowledgeable and set a comfortable pace for all of us.

Had a wonderful time and a great workout!! Andrew was a delightful tour guide .