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Bow River Tours

Bow River
What begins as a drip of water from the melting Bow Glacier turns into the stunningly beautiful Bow River, which flows slowly and steadily through the Rockies in Canada’s oldest national park. The river also flows through Banff, Canmore and Calgary, making it a constant presence on any journey through southern Alberta.

The best way to appreciate the beauty of Bow River is by heading out on the wheelchair-friendly walking and cycling path in downtown Banff to complete the short trip to Bow Falls. Countless picnic tables and park benches make Bow Falls an ideal lunch spot, and float trips, in giant inflatable rafts, begin right at the base of the falls, too. Both wildlife and wildflowers are often seen along the river, where canoe trips are popular. The river is divided into three half-day canoeing sections, all of which require intermediate experience: Lake Louise to Castle Junction, Castle Junction to Banff and Bow Falls to Canmore.

The Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic route between the town of Banff and Lake Louise, offers plenty of photo-worthy riverside stops, but one of the most spectacular is right where the Bow River flows beneath the towering walls of Castle Mountain, near Castle Junction.

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The Bow River flows west to east through Banff National Park, and there are multiple access points along both the Bow Valley Parkway and the TransCanada highway. Bow Falls is located just behind the Banff Spring Hotels, approximately 1.5 kilometers from downtown Banff.
Address: Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta, Canada
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Winter Tour: Discover Lake LouiseHistorical & Heritage Tours

Winter Tour: Discover Lake Louise

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Widely considered the Banff National Park’s top attraction, Lake Louise is transformed in winter into a snowy wonderland—but booking transportation to reach it independently from Banff is time-consuming. This hassle-free transfer service includes round-trip travel from central Banff, with interpretive commentary from your guide along the way. Enjoy free time to explore Lake Louise at leisure, with snow-shoes and warming refreshments included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With LunchHiking & Camping

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With Lunch

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Discover the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with a 7.5-hour guided tour of Banff National Park. Enjoy an active discovery tour including short guided hikes that showcase the best of the Canadian Rockies. Tour includes pickup from Banff hotels, a gondola or chairlift ride, and lunch. Small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 12 people.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Johnston Canyon Evening IcewalkNature & Wildlife

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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Johnston Canyon is one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking spots, but most people don’t think to experience it at night. Your headlight (yours to keep after the tour) makes the frozen waterfalls shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalk in quiet darkness. The evening icewalk is all about heightening your senses, appreciating the darkness, the scents of the fresh pine forest and enjoying the silence of a night spent beneath the stars as you follow your guide through this narrow, water-formed canyon.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff BusBus Services

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
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