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Bow Valley Parkway: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

    1. From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

    Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears as you drive along scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway. Your guide will share stories on Banff National Park, its history and the local animals on the way. Arrive at iconic Lake Louise after a scenic stop along the Bow Valley Parkway to admire the views of Castle Mountain. Your 30-minute visit at the lake gives you plenty of time to wander the famous shoreline, take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier, and admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Next, your guide will take you to Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake...

    Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

  • Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

    2. Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

    Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide. Get ready for a morning exploring the best viewpoints and historic landmarks in Banff. Along the way, hear how the 11,000-year-old human history of the Bow Valley changed when 3 railway workers rediscovered the historical Cave & Basin hot springs, now a National Historic Site. Learn about the local wildlife and behavior, habitat, and the importance of wildlife management practices in a national park while you keep your eyes peeled for animals such as elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Spend your time enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to viewpoints, on the many stops of the tour.  During the tour, visit Bow Falls, where many iconic movies from the 1950s were filmed. See water crashing over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight. Admire the famous Fairmont Banf...

    Very knowledgeable & fun. . Enjoyed every minute with Rob & Jeff on our second tour.

  • 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: 3-Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

    5. Banff: 3-Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

    Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Set off on a 3-hour ride following your guide along winding trails through the Bow Valley's rustic terrain and grassy meadows. The ride continues past the tranquil Bow River and bubbling thermal waters of the historic Cave and Basin area to the Sundance Canyon Trail. As you ride into thick forest in this wildlife-rich area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for elk and other animals. Finally, ride up Sulphur Mountain to the Windy Knoll viewpoint, where sweeping views over the Bow Valley await. On the return journey your small group will loop back to Warner Stables where you will disembark and give your trusty horse some much-deserved pats.

  • Banff: 4-Hour E-Bike and Walking Tour in Johnston Canyon

    6. Banff: 4-Hour E-Bike and Walking Tour in Johnston Canyon

    See the best of Johnston Canyon and Bow Valley Parkway by combining cycling and hiking on this 4-hour guided tour. Ride with your guide through Vermilion Lakes, then make your way up the Legacy Trail. Ride along Bow Valley Parkway and ditch your e-bikes for your hiking boots as you hike up Johnston Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the Lower Falls Bridge and see wildlife along the way, including deer, elk, and bears. Enjoy your return shuttle back to Banff. Relax and admire the views on your way after a total of 26 kilometers of cycling and 3 kilometers of walking.

    Corey was our guide snd we so enjoyed the ride and places he took us! Corey is an exceptional guide! He not only knows the trails, mountains and terrain, he knows about the environment. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I highly recommend!

  • Banff: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Evening Tour with Dinner

    7. Banff: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Evening Tour with Dinner

    Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by a friendly guide. Drive along the scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway as you keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears through this wildlife-rich habitat. Before heading to these famous lakes, stop for a delicious early dinner at the Baker Creek Bistro. This charming restaurant offers authentic Canadian cuisine from locally and regionally sourced ingredients in a warm log cabin ambiance complete with a roaring fireplace. After dinner, continue to Lake Louise, one of the most famous lakes in the Canadian Rockies. With a full hour to explore this stunning mountain lake, choose to take a guided shoreline walk, or simply explore and soak in the views with the Victoria Glacier as the perfect backdrop. Be sure to visit the famous Fairmont Chateau hotel while at Lake Louise, where you can explore this 100-year-old ...

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

    8. 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

  • From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

    9. From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

    Begin your journey with a scenic drive along Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, where you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife. Once at Lake Louise, your guide can provide you with complimentary snowshoes and will lead you on an introduction to snowshoeing. Enjoy some free time at the lake and take an easy, quaint snowshoe walk through the serene woods and take in iconic views along the shoreline. Explore Lake Louise, a picture-perfect winter wonderland. The lake transforms into a real-life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy some hot chocolate and local maple taffy. Come and discover this winter wonderland for yourself.

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What people are saying about Bow Valley Parkway

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 68 reviews

If you’re fortunate to have Heidi as your tour guide, then you will have the BEST time. All the laughs (she’s hilarious), so much new and interesting info, and of course the views were amazing. If you’re coming to Banff you have to take this tour, you won’t regret it (unless you don’t have Heidi)!

This was an awesome tour! Andrew was very knowledgeable and treated us to the history and interesting facts of the area as we were driving. Lake Louise and Lake Moraine were breathtakingly beautiful. Highlight was the rock climb at Lake Moraine, stunning views. Highly recommend this tour!

Corey was our guide snd we so enjoyed the ride and places he took us! Corey is an exceptional guide! He not only knows the trails, mountains and terrain, he knows about the environment. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I highly recommend!

Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

First time in Banff, Heidi was our tour bus driver & guide. She was full of knowledge and has an excellent personality.