Banff Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2015

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Are you looking for spectacular mountains, pristine snow, misty canyons or shopping til you drop into some natural hot springs? Banff is the place for you. Located in the spectacular Canadian Rockies, Banff has something for everyone – skiing, sightseeing, hiking, shopping, eating, and wildlife spotting. And if you’ve got three days, you can have it all. From thrills to spills to just gazing in wonder.

Day 1: Banff town

Before throwing yourself into the wilds of nature, get to know Banff township – then you’ll have the perfect recovery plans after the next few days out adventuring. Banff has history, culture and plenty of places to shop and eat. For starters, those mountains create the most amazing backdrop while your stroll or dine. Take a city sightseeing tour to get oriented, then ride the gondolas – the Banff Gondola takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views, and the Lake Louise Gondola is a slightly longer ride with amazing panoramas. Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and learn how the national parks system began here in 1885. Hear about how people used to flock here to enjoy the healthy natural hot springs then head to the Banff Upper Hot Springs and have an outdoor soak in those beautiful steaming waters yourself.

Day 2: Wildlife and landscape

Meet the locals: grizzly bears. But best do it on a guided tour – these are wild and awesome animals. Or take an evening tour and see animals in the wild. Summer is of course the ideal time to really get out and see the natural wonders of the area: waterfalls, lakes, the Hoodoos – ancient spire-like rock formations. You can go horseback-riding, hiking, fishing, or play golf. In winter, head up to those famous ski slopes.

Day 3: Water water everywhere

Lake Louise is the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Take the Lake Louise Gondola ride to get a good view, then head on down to the water’s edge and go kayaking or swimming. Head further afield to beautiful Moraine Lake for photographs that will stun you for years to come. If you like your water wilder, go white-water rafting on Kicking Horse River – the name tells you what to expect. And if you like your water frozen, head to Victoria Glacier at the head of Lake Louise, or Athabasca Glacier and the magnificent Columbia Icefield, one of the largest ice masses outside the Arctic Circle. In the evening, tame that ice by shaking a little up with a cocktail and enjoying Banff’s nightlife.

You’ll be stirred not shaken by Banff – no matter what season you go, that landscape is going to deliver wonders for the senses.

Tours & Tickets

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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, with its backdrop of the glistening Victoria Glacier, on a full-day guided coach tour from Banff. Marvel at ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.69

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.69

Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.26

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Animal lovers, don't miss your chance to discover the grizzly bear! Leaving Banff behind, you'll take a ride in a gondola for a great view of grizzly country, ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.44

Jasper SkyTram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Experience the beauty of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra aboard the Jasper SkyTram. The ride will captivate people of all ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $31.39

Banff City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Discover the Canadian Rockies' favorite resort town and its beautiful environment on a 4-hour guided tour of Banff. You'll visit the intriguing hoodoos earth ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 4.5 or 6 hours

From USD $96.38

Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a beautiful day rafting down the picturesque Kananaskis River in Alberta, Canada. This day trip from Banff or Canmore will get you into a raft and ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.74

Kicking Horse River Rafting Family Adventure Including BBQ Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

While in Banff, enjoy a mild whitewater-rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River, the premier rafting river in the Canadian Rockies. On this half-day tour, ...  Read more

Location: Kicking Horse River, BC
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.53

Banff Horseback-Riding Adventure

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 ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.96

Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get out in Canada’s crisp mountain air on one of these four iconic hikes in the Banff and Lake Louise areas of Alberta. The Canadian Rockies offer a dramatic ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $72.61

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