5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Grizzly country, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride offering panoramic views of Grizzly country, and visit a wildlife refuge to observe an orphaned bear as it frolics in its protected home. This Grizzly-themed day trip also includes round-trip transportation from most Banff hotels, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments and use of binoculars.


  • Day trip to grizzly country from Banff
  • Visit Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls and Kicking Horse Canyon
  • Enjoy a gondola ride with a bird's eye view of grizzly country
  • Stop at the refuge and watch grizzly bears play
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Banff hotels

What You Can Expect

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

See a grizzly bear up close at the Grizzly Bear Refuge

Get up close and personal with the world of the Grizzly bear on this 10-hour tour from Banff, created with animal lovers in mind. Explore the dramatic natural landscape the Grizzly calls home, including Lake Louise, Takkakaw Falls and Kicking Horse Canyon, while enjoying special activities that will allow you to learn about and observe these majestic creatures in their natural setting.

Start your day with a pickup from most Banff hotels. Check with your tour operator for your exact pickup time. Continue to the Grizzly’s home turf for a gondola ride to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain. On the way up, be on the lookout for potential Grizzlies in the area below, and take in the fantastic scenery. At the top spend some time hiking the summit trails and enjoy an included gourmet lunch at the Eagle Eye, Canada’s highest restaurant.

From there, your tour continues to the Grizzly Bear Refuge for an intimate encounter with Boo, an orphaned bear that calls the refuge home. Observe the behaviors of this magnificent animal at close range as it roams and plays in the refuge’s natural Grizzly habitat. 

The day also includes a chance to visit some of the Banff area’s most spectacular natural wonders, including Lake Louise and Takkakaw Falls, offering more opportunities to further explore the Grizzly Bear’s one-of-a-kind habitat. End your trip with a return to Banff and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: this tour is seasonal and only operates from June through October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour is really fun. You got to see a beautiful waterfall, a nice restaurant for lunch, couple lifts and bear! It is really worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent guide/driver made sure our group had amazing experience. Faultless!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip , great informative guide and we got see Boo the bear. Recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The best of the bunch. we had a wonderful guide/driver called Becky, she was absolutely fantastic!
I can't say enough about this trip we did so much, Lake Louise was lovely, the Spiral railway, the gondola ride and lunch at the top was spectacular, the food and view were both amazing.
The highlight of the trip was Boo, he came out to play and we got excellent photos. Then on the way back a stop at a beautiful waterfall. Well done Becky I bet you were tired we all dozed on the way home.
You must do this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

LOVED IT!!! Visited some gorgeous lakes Lake Louise and Emerald Lake and loved seeing Boo, the grizzly bear. Lunch, which was included, was also of high quality. Great tour and well worth the money. Tour guide, Becky, was so friendly and could answer all the questions which were thrown at her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

excellent tour, full value for money. guide was excellent; knowledgeable, patient and did everything possible to make the trip memorable. Lake Louise was fantastic, the gondola ride to the mountain top restaurant was terrific and the food and service were excellent, as were the views. Piece de resistance was getting up close to the grizzly bear, "Boo". Absolutely loved the complete day! Would heartily recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

FABULOUS DAY- Great introduction to BANFF AREA by the guide and from there on the day just got better.
The visit to the ski park in GOLDEN was an eye opener followed by a great lunch at the restaurant.
We were "' BLESSED '" as we obtained great photos of the bear and a very informative talk from the staff
working at the refuge. Finally a visit to the waterfall in the national park capped what was a GREAT TIME.
I'm sure everyone who was on the tour feel the same about the high standard set by the guide who made
all of us fell VERY WELCOME.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

An excellent tour! Our guide Hugh was very knowledgable about this part of Canada and passionate about bears. We called at Lake Louise, the Takakkaw Falls and saw the Spiral Tunnels, which are part of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The highlight, after lunch at the highest restaurant in Canada, was definitely seeing Boo the Grizzly Bear in his refuge. He obligingly sat at the fence whilst one of his "keepers" told us all about him. He seemed very content in his twenty acre reserve which you have to reach by ski lift. The bus was not too big and the company seem to really care about the environment. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife. A wild black bear obligingly crossed the road in front of the bus on the way down from visiting Boo. This trip was the highlight of our visit to Canada.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Absolutely superb. We had a small group visit to the refuge and fantastic sightings of Boo bear in his natural habitat. Due to the end of season and a few areas of the tour unavailable the tour company replaced them with other points of interested which were amazing.
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