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1 Hour Bow River RideNature & 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

Kicking Horse River Whitewater RaftingDining Experiences

Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

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Experience a thrilling white water rafting adventure and fantastic scenery on the Kicking Horse River during this half-day tour from Banff or Lake Louise. During your ride, paddle a calm section of the river before plunging into the canyon’s exhilarating class IV+ rapids, finishing with a post-rafting BBQ lunch (provided after AM tours and before PM tours). The tour includes optional pickup and drop-off in Banff or Lake Louise, all necessary river equipment, safety briefing, and professional river guides.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By HorsebackNature & 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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Evening Wildlife SafariNature & 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

Banff National Park Guided Hike with LunchHiking & Camping

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
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  • 7 hours

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine LakeNature & Wildlife

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

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Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this guided tour from Banff. Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. Gain insight into the area’s mountaineering history, admire views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and leave with plenty of frame-worthy photos. Round-trip transportation is included on this small-group tour. Don’t miss this seasonal tour that operates from April to November.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble CanyonNature & Wildlife

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

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Immerse yourself in Canada's stunning winter landscape on a 4-hour snowshoe tour from Banff to Kootenay National Park. Follow your guide through Marble Canyon and keep your eyes peeled for moose and wolf tracks. The 2-mile (3km) route is along mostly flat terrain and perfect for first time snowshoers. You also enjoy a hot chocolate break with the opportunity to make your own maple taffy in the snow.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Johnston Canyon Evening IcewalkNature & Wildlife

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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Discover one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking trails at night, without the fear of getting lost, during this small-group tour. Equipped with a headlight, explore Johnston Canyon with a guide leading the way, and marvel at shimmering frozen waterfalls and hike along a suspended catwalk. Then, take a break to warm up mid-route with hot chocolate and maple cookies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in BanffNature & 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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Summer Tour: Banff and its WildlifeNature & Wildlife

Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by HorsebackNature & 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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2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding AdventureNature & 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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2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by HorsebackNature & Wildlife

2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback

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Live like a rancher riding through the wilderness during this one-night, two-day guided horseback riding excursion that includes accommodation at a lodge. Saddle-up for a backcountry ride along a trail in view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and around the Bow River fed by glacial waters. At the lodge, enjoy wine and dinner and sit by a fire before turning in. Ride confidently back to Banff on day two.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

1 Hour Spray River RideNature & 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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  • 1 hour
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4-Day Erling Strom Trail Backcountry Lodge Trip by HorsebackNature & 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

Day Hike in Lake LouiseHiking & Camping

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Day Hike in Lake Louise

Take a walk through a real-life ‘postcard’ during this 7-hour hike amidst the sublime scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Join a knowledgeable local guide on the trails near Lake Louise, pausing as you walk to admire the local geology, plants and animals that make up this stunningly beautiful place. Depending on the season you’ll also enjoy majestic snow-capped peaks, blooming wildflowers or rainbow-hued fall colors. Pack some snacks to ensure you stay fueled up during your trek.
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  • 6 hours
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Frame & Feast (Canmore Pickup)Day Trips

Frame & Feast (Canmore Pickup)

While immersed in the awe-inspiring landscape of Banff National Park, we want you to take more than a photographed memory home with you, we want you to remember the experience for a lifetime. Landscapes dawned in warm morning light, the native plants that grow in this extreme terrain, the smell of fresh pine, and a mouth-watering meal energized by the region’s food sources awaits you. We’ll help you wrangle the stark contrast between the sunrise-lit mountains, the not-yet-lit lakes that line their bases, and the bright yellows, oranges, and deep blues that paint the sky. Depending on your previous experience, we’ll teach you the best set-up and settings for your camera gear or geek out with you over the newest trends and techniques. You’ll see first-hand how to create jaw-dropping images with the Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures team then indulge your inner foodie at Canmore’s newest farm to table, or as we like to call it forage to table experience at The Sensory.
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3 Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback RideNature & 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

Experience Ice ClimbingSki & Snow

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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Johnston's Canyon to the InkpotsHiking & Camping

Johnston's Canyon to the Inkpots

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Hike through a narrow canyon and see how water in its many forms has shaped the mountains over time. After reaching the back of the canyon, go further and explore the ink pots, a great day out covering 11.6 km with 215 m elevation gain.
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  • 5 hours
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Discover Grizzly Bears from BanffDay Trips

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

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Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride up to 7,700 feet for a mountain-top lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat to see Boo the resident bear rescued as a cub. This full-day trip also includes round-trip transportation, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments.
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  • 10 hours
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2-Day Okanagan Chinook Tour from Banff finish VancouverOvernight Tours

2-Day Okanagan Chinook Tour from Banff finish Vancouver

Enjoy a worry-free 2-day adventure through western Canada on a guided tour that transports you from Banff to Vancouver. Perfect for travelers who want to visit both regions and not deal with logistics or driving in-between, this trip handles your transportation and accommodations. That way, you can focus on the views without worrying about any of the details.
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  • 2 days
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Private Walking Tours in BanffHiking & Camping

Private Walking Tours in Banff

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Skip the crowded tours and enjoy a more intimate view of Banff with this private and personalized walking tour. In the company of just your party (up to 10 people) and a guide, explore Banff at your own pace and discover such places as Cascade Gardens and the Bow River Trail.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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