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How to Spend 1 Day in Banff

How to Spend 1 Day in Banff

Whether for summer hiking or winter sleigh rides, Banff offers outdoor adventure year-round. Visit this Canadian resort town for wildlife safaris, helicopter tours, and snowshoeing excursions. Here are several ways to spend a single day in Banff. 

Morning: Ride the Gondola

Start your visit to Banff with an introductory tour. Such tours usually offer panoramic views of Banff National Park and a ticket to ride the Banff Gondola. Crest Sulphur Mountain in a glass-enclosed gondola and admire views of mountains and rivers below. For a more comprehensive option, take a sightseeing tour that might include the gondola ride plus an introduction to this Canadian resort town with stops at Tunnel Mountain Drive and Lake Minnewanka. Visitors looking to cover ground quickly can opt for a ride on the hop-on hop-off bus that offers convenient transport to Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, and more. 

Afternoon: See Banff by Horse, Canoe, or Helicopter

Get a new perspective on Banff on a tour by helicopter, horse, or boat. Choose among several scenic journeys including a helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies and a relaxing Banff Lake cruise. Connect with your inner cowboy on a horseback riding tour that typically includes lunch. Horse-drawn sleigh rides work as romantic excursions or family adventures. Learn about Banff National Park with a local guide on a hiking tour with lunch to see glaciers, mountains, and lakes. Catch a different view of Banff National Park on a Bow River canoe tour and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Night: Wildlife and Starry Walks

Go for a scenic walk beneath the stars with a Lake Louise night snowshoe tour. Explore Lake Louise with ease on snowshoes and follow a guide to see the peaceful lake by moonlight. Tours usually end with a warm-up of hot chocolate and a snack. For a climate-controlled alternative, take an evening wildlife safari that usually includes a scenic bus tour on the lookout for elk, bears, deer, and bighorn sheep. Learn about local wildlife and park preservation from a guide as you explore Banff National Park at dusk. 

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Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

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Discover Banff National Park at your own pace with a ticket for the Hop-On bus. Buy your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot on the shuttle that zips around to attractions in the park not easily accessible without wheels. The modern school bus style shuttle goes between the town of Banff, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Samson Mall, and the Lake Louise gondola. You choose where to visit and when. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Evening Wildlife Safari

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Banff

Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Banff

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Get a quick immersion in the stunning environment surrounding the city of Banff on this tour. Discover natural attractions like the hoodoos, strange rock pillars twisted by millions of years of wind, and take in fantastic views on a Banff Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain. You can also upgrade to include a cruise on placid Lake Minnewanka. This Banff sightseeing tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$133.15
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

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Choose from among four of Banff National Park’s most iconic trails on this 7-hour guided hiking tour with packed lunch. Pick the perfect walk for your level of ability and experience, varying from 4.5 miles (7km) to 6.6 miles (10.6km) in length, with spectacular mountain scenery no matter which option you select. The trip’s four options include explorations of Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, Consolation Lakes or the Plain of Six Glaciers.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.37
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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

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 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.95
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