Rocky Mountains Tours

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Rocky Mountains

Alberta’s stunning Rocky Mountains are one of the biggest attractions in the province. Protected by Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Canadian Rockies run along the border of British Columbia and Alberta through a landscape of glaciers, snow-capped mountain peaks, hot springs, and turquoise lakes.


The Basics

Outdoor adventure is the name of the game in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The menu of activities is extensive; you can take a bus tour along the Icefields Parkway to tour the Columbia Icefield, go whitewater rafting on the Fraser River, embark on a guided hike through the alpine wilderness of Banff National Park, walk above the Athabasca Glacier on the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk, or sit back and enjoy the twists and turns of the roads from the seat of a sidecar.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Rocky Mountains are a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for traversing uneven surfaces.
  • Dress in layers; the weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable.
  • Cellphone reception outside of towns can be unreliable.
  • Rocky Mountains tours typically include pickup and drop-off in Banff or Jasper.


How to Get There

The commercial airport closest to the Canadian Rockies is Edmonton International Airport, about four hours from Jasper. The easiest way to explore the region is by renting a car and driving, but you can also opt for day tours from Banff or Jasper.


When to Get There

While the Canadian Rockies are a four-season destination, winters are long and chilly (perfect for winter adventures), with snow covering the ground well into April and even May. Late June to mid September is the best season for hiking, and crowds begin to thin out in September and October. Expect crowds during the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival (January) and the Calgary Stampede (July).


Visiting Canadian National Parks

Like their U.S. counterparts, national parks in Canada require an entrance fee paid at the park gate or visitor center. If you’re planning to visit multiple parks in the Rockies, like Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Kootenay National Park, or Yoho National Park, consider a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, an annual pass that gets you into any of Canada’s national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.

Address: Tarns-Canada Highway, Banff T1A 1A5, Canada
Admission: Free
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

See the best that Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness have to offer — including beautiful Emerald Lake, stunning Moraine Lake and towering Takkakaw Falls — on this full-day guided coach tour.  Over the course of 9.5 hours, you’ll discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, plus enjoy lunch and round-trip transport from your Banff hotel.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Whitewater Rafting on Jasper's Fraser River

Keep an eye out for wildlife and spawning salmon on this exhilarating ride down Jasper's mighty Fraser River. The Canadian Rockies scenery is awe-inspiring on this 5-hour, heart-pumping, whitewater rafting tour down Class 3 rapids.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and massive glaciers of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain region on this full-day Banff glacier tour to the Columbia Icefields. As you follow one of the world’s most famous mountain drives, the Icefield Parkway, you’ll stop at stunning Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake before the tour culminates in an all-terrain ride on the Ice Explorer through the amazing Columbia Icefields. This day trip includes roundtrip transport from multiple locations in Banff, a knowledgeable guide and buffet lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour

Get a quick immersion in the stunning environment surrounding the city of Banff on this 4-hour tour. You’ll 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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