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Banff National Park Tours

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Banff National Park
Within the boundaries of Banff National Park lie some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The park, which showcases Canada’s Rocky Mountains in all their glory, offers world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and outdoor attractions. It’s a year-round haven for day-trippers from nearby Calgary and for international visitors galore.

The Basics
There is so much to see and experience in Banff: lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, wildlife, hot springs, museums, the gondola in Banff Town, and more. To make the most of your time, a guided tour will help you hit the highlights and get a more in-depth look at what interests you most. Many multi-day tours from Vancouver take in other Canadian Rockies spots, such as Lake Louise, Jasper, and the Columbia Icefield; some tours comprise evening wildlife safaris or horseback-riding adventures; and day trips from Calgary offer a taster of Banff’s beauty.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Banff National Park is a must for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and all first-time visitors to Alberta.
  • There is a fee to enter the park.
  • Bring your camera—the scenery is spectacular for photography.
  • Much of Banff Town and most Parks Canada sites are accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Banff National Park is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, 78 miles (125 kilometers) from the nearest airport in Calgary, Alberta. Tourist shuttles and buses travel between Banff and Calgary. Another popular route is the scenic Icefields Parkway, which runs 179 miles (288 kilometers) between Banff and Jasper national parks.

When to Get There
The summer months (June to September) are peak season in Canada’s mountain parks, and things pick up again in winter (November to March) for ski season. To avoid the crowds, spring and fall are best; however, ice and snow may limit accessibility to hiking trails and lakes, and some attractions are open seasonally.
 
Banff Hotels and Lodging

From full-scale luxury to basic and budget-friendly, the hotels and lodgings in Banff National Park have something for every traveler. Many tours arrange stays for you at comfortable hotels, or you could join an outfitter for camping and adventure under the stars.
Address: Improvement District No. 9, Banff AB T0L, Canada
Admission: Varies
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22 Tours and Activities to Experience Banff National Park

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Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride in Banff with Western CookoutDining Experiences

Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride in Banff with Western Cookout

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Saddle up for a ride along the Bow River in Banff and a Western style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain. At the dining site, spend some time perfecting your roping skills or relaxing with a game of horseshoes before “tucking in”--that’s cowboy speak for “eating”—a yummy BBQ meal.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Banff Ghost WalksCity Packages

Banff Ghost Walks

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Nestled beneath the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff is considered among Alberta’s must-see destinations—but away from the spectacular scenery lies a ghostly past only the bravest visitors can uncover. On this spooky evening walking tour, follow your guide through Banff’s historic streets and hear spine-chilling tales from beyond the grave. Learn of the unsolved crimes and terrifying encounters that haunt Banff’s dim and distant past.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in BanffNature and Wildlife

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

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Take a charming horse-driven sleigh ride through the snow-covered meadows of Banff during this rustic 40-minute tour. Cozy up under a wool blanket with family, friends, or a loved one as your friendly driver whisks you away on a sightseeing tour of the area’s stunning mountain peaks.
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  • 40 minutes
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Evening Wildlife SafariNature and Wildlife

Evening Wildlife Safari

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Join an animal-spotting bus tour in Banff National Park, observing the park’s amazing wildlife at dusk on this 2-hour, small-group tour that’s perfect for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy Banff’s beautiful landscapes in the evening searching for elk, deer, bears and more because each tour has a 95% success rate of viewing animals in their natural environment. You'll also hear about the park's efforts to protect animals and their habitat from your expert guide.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding AdventureNature and Wildlife

2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding Adventure

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Saddle up and head out on the Rocky Mountain trails in Banff National Park. Explore the area by horseback with your cowboy guide to see the area in a way you can only experience from on the back of a horse. With a guide in the lead and a guide bringing up the rear, your ride will be a safe, fun adventure in the wilderness.  
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  • 2 hours
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1 Hour Bow River RideNature and Wildlife

1 Hour Bow River Ride

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Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. Get out of the car and onto the trails of the Bow River or the Spray River and enjoy the area’s beautiful outdoor environment, largely unchanged from the days of the pioneers. This equine-themed odyssey includes a guide, use of a horse, and all necessary equipment.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Sulphur Mountain Highline trekHiking

Sulphur Mountain Highline trek

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This ridge hike is truly a unique experience - it's not well known, even by Banff locals. It's also the perfect add-on to the Banff Gondola experience. The views are the best you will experience in the Banff area, with a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains. Our certified guides will pass on unique information about this sensitive alpine environment, the history of Banff, among other interesting topics, while making sure you are safe and comfortable.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By HorsebackNature and Wildlife

3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By Horseback

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Explore the backcountry of the popular Banff National Park like few other travelers do, on a three-day, small-group horseback trip. Spot elk, deer, and moose while following the glacier-fed Bow River, with the towering Rocky Mountains all around. Relax in comfort at the Sundance Lodge at night, after huddling around a cozy campfire and swapping stories with your fellow riders. Enjoy both nature and comfort on this tour.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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Experience Ice ClimbingWinter Sports

Experience Ice Climbing

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The Ice Experience program is designed to allow people of all abilities to experience the exciting sport of waterfall ice climbing. Our guides are incredible instructors, skilled climbers, and fun to be around. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride In BanffCity Packages

Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride In Banff

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There’s nothing more romantic than a horse drawn sleigh ride in the mountains of Banff National Park. Bundle up with your honey in a world of your own as you glide through the Rocky Mountain snow. The open top sleigh means snowflakes may land gently on you as you ride through the fields just outside the Banff townsite, but a buffalo robe and your special someone will keep you warm.
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Glacier Lakes and Peaks With LunchHiking

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With Lunch

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Explore the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this all-day small-group guided tour of Banff National Park. The day includes short hikes with a naturalist guide that offer views of the Rockies and the local wildlife. Plus, enjoy a picturesque chairlift ride at Lake Louise.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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4-Day Erling Strom Trail Backcountry Lodge Trip by HorsebackNature and Wildlife

4-Day Erling Strom Trail Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback

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Trace the paths that the early pioneers rode through Alberta's wild west on this 4-day horseback riding tour along the Erling Strom Trail. Arranging a multi-day tour like this on your own may be challenging, but booking this tour means that everything is arranged for you. Spend each night in a comfortable lodge, move at a relaxed pace along the trails, and enjoy in-depth commentary on the history and ecosystem of Canada's oldest national park.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days
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Parks Canada - Discovery PassAttraction Tickets

Parks Canada - Discovery Pass

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The Discovery Pass is your gateway to Canada’s history, nature, and adventure from coast to coast to coast. Discover world-famous Banff and Jasper national parks, or connect with the stories of Canada at national historic sites like the Fortress of Louisbourg and L’Anse-aux-Meadows. No matter where you go, get ready for exciting new experiences – 450,000 km2 of memories await! A Discovery Pass provides the holder with admission to over 80 participating national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites for 12 full months from the date of purchase. It allows faster entry and offers greater convenience, as well as cost savings. The more often you use it, the more value it delivers! Regular fees still apply for other experiences and services. Free admission for youth 17 and under. A physical Discovery Pass will be sent through the mail – Please add your mailing address to Special Requirements upon checkout. We do not ship outside of North America.
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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / RidingWinter Sports

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing / Riding

Our guides are incredible instructors, fun to be around, and have a vast wealth of experience skiing and riding in the backcountry. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA. Skiing and riding safely in complicated mountain terrain requires a lot of experience and proper mentorship. We are here to ensure you start off in the right direction.
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  • 8 hours
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6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by HorsebackNature and Wildlife

6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback

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Leave civilization far behind and saddle up for a six-day ride through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and along trails during this guided, horseback riding tour. Ride along the Bow River fed with cool glacial water to your first of two rustic lodge accommodations. Head up the stunning Allenby Pass and be rewarded with aerial views from 8,100 feet (2,468 meters) and enjoy hearty, delicious dinners at the lodge after your rides.
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  • 6 days
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1 Hour Spray River RideNature and Wildlife

1 Hour Spray River Ride

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most celebrated national park - and one worth getting out of the car and onto a trail for. Go back to a simpler time with a 1-hour horseback ride and experience the park at a relaxed pace. Led by your cowboy guide, saddle up and cross through the tranquil Spray River, and get a feel for what it was like for pioneers first settling in this once-wild area.
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Experience Rock ClimbingClimbing

Experience Rock Climbing

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The Rock Experience program is designed to offer a unique rock climbing experience to people of all abilities. Our guides are incredible instructors, skilled climbers, and fun to be around. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA. For beginners, the guides will review all of the basic safety systems and demonstrate proper climbing technique. For guests with intermediate climbing skills, the guides will work on advanced movement skills and other rope techniques such as rappelling. For guests with advanced climbing skills, the guides will offer expert level instruction to keep you engaged - be prepared for steep climbing technique lessons, mock leading, building anchors and rigging rappel systems.
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  • 7 hours
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3 Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback RideNature and Wildlife

3 Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

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Situated within Banff National Park, the pretty town of Banff is the stepping stone to some of Canada’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. On this tour, swing into the saddle and trek through the Rocky Mountains scenery on horseback with your guide. Follow rugged trails past dense forests and shimmering lakes, and enjoy a relaxing introduction to the spectacular Banff National Park. Along the way, spot native beavers and elk in their natural habitat.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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6-Day Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by HorsebackNature and Wildlife

6-Day Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by Horseback

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Horse-lovers can discover the majestic backcountry of Banff on a 6-day horseback-riding trip that includes everything you need for a worry-free adventure. Guides are there to lead the way, handle the cooking, and set up your canvas tent. That way, you can enjoy the scenery without worrying about any of the logistics or chores.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days
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3-Day Mystic Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by HorsebackNature and Wildlife

3-Day Mystic Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by Horseback

It's a rare experience these days to be able to completely disconnect from all of the distractions of life and get lost in the backcountry. You’ve never camped in a place like this before. On this trip, you’ll venture deep into the secluded Banff backcountry and through the wilderness on horseback - walking in the steps of the First Nations and the founders of Banff National Park. At the end of a full day of riding and exploring, you’ll bed down in well-equipped tents with plenty of rustic Old West charm. Your camp will be fully catered and you’ll dine in the big kitchen tent on delicious, hearty meals. At night, you’ll gather around the glow of the campfire with your new friends and share songs and stories before falling asleep listening to the sounds of the forest from your classic canvas wall tent – similar to those used by the trail riders of Banff’s past. Please note that this trip departs on Wednesdays from late June to early September.
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  • 3 days
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4 Hour Sulphur Mountain Horseback RideNature and Wildlife

4 Hour Sulphur Mountain Horseback Ride

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most celebrated national park - and one worth getting out of the car and onto a trail for. Go back to a simpler time with a 4-hour horseback ride and experience the park at a relaxed pace. Led by your cowboy guide, saddle up and and get a feel for what it was like for pioneers first settling in this once-wild area.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Rocky Pass 4Time Multi & Different day tour from Calgary/BanffCity Packages

Rocky Pass 4Time Multi & Different day tour from Calgary/Banff

Banff National Park is a place indeed to travel more than one time! ※Flexible & Valuable more than book one-day tour individual ※Available for ONE YEAR including travel in summer or winter ※Departure From Calgary / Banff ※Good deal for yourself or transfer to anyone ※4-time!You could choose 4-time Day-tour product ※By using the Experience Pass,just let us know when and which Day-Tour you want to join at least 72 hours ahead.
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  • 1 to 4 days
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