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

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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

GREAT WEATHER,GREAT TOUR DIRECTOR,FINE COMPANY AND ABOVE ALL ONE OF THE FINEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES-THANK YOU

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

This was my favourite excursion! Great tour leader , very nice spot where we had lunch. Boo was stunning, he took the bath during our visit and our photos are outstanding!

Graham E
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

we had a great time on this tour. Our guide Marci picked us up from the hotel and we were the only ones so had a very personnel tour.Marci was very knowledgable and really loved her job.you could tell.She went out of her way to make us feel special and give us a wonderful experience.we saw lots of wildlife and wonderful scenary which would have been easily missed without the knowledge of a good guide.We had a really good time with Boo the bear who came and sat sooo close we could almost touch him.It was one of the best days of our time in Canada.Well done Marci and thank you for being so kind when my husband was sick. The Emmotts from Australia

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Four of us boarded the blue bus with our driver. Lucky us, we were the only ones on the tour. We were offered water, binoculars, umbrellas and even biscuits as part of the tour. Our guide was truly knowledgeable and shared with us recent newspaper clippings about bear adventures in the area and told us a lot about bears in general. We had a couple of chair lift rides which were very pleasant considering the weather. Thanks to the binoculars we even saw 2 black bears at the very top of a tree just near the chair. Due to the weather our plans changed slightly but with no drama. We still had a beautiful lunch in a lovely restaurant and no time was wasted as the order was put through ahead of our arrival. When we visited the Grizzly Refuge we thought that perhaps we wouldn't get to see Boo. There was an electrical storm that was threatening to close the area early. However, the staff at the Refuge did their utmost to bring Boo out of hiding. Sure enough out he came and we managed to take a lot of great photos. What a highlight of our trip! Special thanks to our guide and the local tour company who clearly care about their guests. We would certainly recommend this tour!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2009

The whole trip was great. There was so much to see and do. It was an amazing day, and definitely worth it.

Andrew H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2009

Picked up on a clean comfortable bus. Our guide proved to be as full of interesting information as she was enthusiastic. Our first stop was Lake Louise, then we took a trip up a gondola to look down on the Bow Valley in a blizzard. We continued on through the Rockies, across the Continental Divide and stopped to view the spiral tunnels where we saw a train so long it was still going past us as the engines first entered the tunnels and then exited into the valley below.

On to the Takakkaw Falls which were breath-taking. An excellent lunch followed, pre-ordered with four options and ready as we arrived at the restaurant.

Then the highlight of the day, being met by a 600lb 6 foot tall Grizzly bear who stood and stared at us from no more than six feet. He graced as with his presence for more than an hour and a half, scratching his back against his favourite tree and settling down to snooze in his hollow. Arrived back exactly when we were told we would.

We cannot recommend this company or our guide on the day highly enough. Book this trip, you won't regret a single minute of the day.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

ok.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

Anick our guide was fantastic, she had a wealth of knowledge which she freely imparted as we travelled along. She had folders with additional information which she passed out at the appropriate time. Despite the weather we had a fantastic day - despite a power outage we got to see Boo as the ranger drove us up the mountain in an all terrain vehicle. Missed our lunch at top of gondola due to weather but Anick worked hard to source alternatives. The trip was wonderful and we saw so much in addition to just Boo - very interesting. We had a very personalised tour as sadly the trip had not been very publicised, but we certainly preferred it.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2011

We had a successful day in terms of bear spotting and the weather added to the splendour of the day.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2011

Great trip - Andrew was a great tour guide and knew lots of interesting information about the area and Bou the grizzly. The bus was comfortable and lunch was excellent. Bou was the highlight of the day - he came right up to the fence so we got an excellent view of him. Definitely go on this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2009

Boo was amazing! As close to a real encounter as I wanted. So natural--nothing like visiting a zoo. All of the "giants of the Rockies," as our terrific guide called the mountains, were fantastic!

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