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Banff National Park
Within the boundaries of Banff National Park lie some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The park, which showcases Canada’s Rocky Mountains in all their glory, offers world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and outdoor attractions. It’s a year-round haven for day-trippers from nearby Calgary and for international visitors galore.

The Basics
There is so much to see and experience in Banff: lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, wildlife, hot springs, museums, the gondola in Banff Town, and more. To make the most of your time, a guided tour will help you hit the highlights and get a more in-depth look at what interests you most. Many multi-day tours from Vancouver take in other Canadian Rockies spots, such as Lake Louise, Jasper, and the Columbia Icefield; some tours comprise evening wildlife safaris or horseback-riding adventures; and day trips from Calgary offer a taster of Banff’s beauty.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Banff National Park is a must for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and all first-time visitors to Alberta.
  • There is a fee to enter the park.
  • Bring your camera—the scenery is spectacular for photography.
  • Much of Banff Town and most Parks Canada sites are accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Banff National Park is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, 78 miles (125 kilometers) from the nearest airport in Calgary, Alberta. Tourist shuttles and buses travel between Banff and Calgary. Another popular route is the scenic Icefields Parkway, which runs 179 miles (288 kilometers) between Banff and Jasper national parks.

When to Get There
The summer months (June to September) are peak season in Canada’s mountain parks, and things pick up again in winter (November to March) for ski season. To avoid the crowds, spring and fall are best; however, ice and snow may limit accessibility to hiking trails and lakes, and some attractions are open seasonally.
 
Banff Hotels and Lodging

From full-scale luxury to basic and budget-friendly, the hotels and lodgings in Banff National Park have something for every traveler. Many tours arrange stays for you at comfortable hotels, or you could join an outfitter for camping and adventure under the stars.
Address: Improvement District No. 9, Banff AB T0L, Canada
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Nature & Wildlife

Evening Wildlife Safari

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

Ghost & Vampire Tours

Banff Ghost Walks

Nestled beneath the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff is considered among Alberta’s must-see destinations—but away from the spectacular scenery lies a ghostly past only the bravest visitors can uncover. On this spooky evening walking tour, follow your guide through Banff’s historic streets and hear spine-chilling tales from beyond the grave. Learn of the unsolved crimes and terrifying encounters that haunt Banff’s dim and distant past.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes

Nature & Wildlife

Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour

Paddle along the Bow River in a 12-seater canoe as the sun sets in Banff’s backyard during this guided canoe tour. Dip your oars into the water as team and take in the wildlife and mountain scenery as your guide tells you about the animals and land. Be on the lookout for elk, bald eagles, beaver, and muskrats as the current carries you along.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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Banff National Park, Cave & Basin National Historic Site Tour From Calgary

Though many travelers take days to explore the stunning and expansive Banff National Park, Calgary visitors with just one day to spare can still make the most of a visit. With this full-day tour to Banff National Park, see some of the best sights in the Canadian Rockies. Visit national park highlights like Sulphur Mountain, and Cave and Basin National Historic Site, as well as waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and limestone canyons—all in just one day.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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  • 12 to 14 hours

Ski & Snow

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

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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  • 40 minutes

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Wildlife on the Bow Canoe Tour

Paddle along the Bow River in a 12-seater canoe as the sun sets in Banff’s backyard during this guided big canoe tour. Dip your oars into the water as team and take in the wildlife and mountain scenery as your guide tells you about the animals and landscape. Be on the lookout for elk, bald eagles, beaver, and muskrats as the current carries you along.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the scenery from the water on this canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage. Watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife, then finish your canoe tour with light refreshments.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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Banff National Park Summer Tour from Calgary

This one day tour provides you an opportunity to explore one of the Canadian Rockies most famous National Park "Banff". You will be visiting attractions like Johnston Canyon, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos and also get an opportunity to ride Banff Gondola (optional). You will also get some free time to enjoy Banff Town where you can explore local galleries, trendy shops, and boutiques.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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  • 12 to 14 hours

Luxury Tours

Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride In Banff

There’s nothing more romantic than a horse drawn sleigh ride in the mountains of Banff National Park. Bundle up with your honey in a world of your own as you glide through the Rocky Mountain snow. The open top sleigh means snowflakes may land gently on you as you ride through the fields just outside the Banff townsite, but a buffalo robe and your special someone will keep you warm.
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  • 40 minutes
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  • 40 minutes

Multi-day Tours

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Banff, Yoho & Jasper National Parks Summer Tour from Calgary (Airport Transfers)

The national parks of Banff, Jasper, and Yoho boast some of Canada’s most beautiful wilderness scenery, but organizing accommodation, admission fees, and transportation to explore solo takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, enjoy round-trip transportation from Calgary International Airport, and explore the parks with all the key logistics covered. Discover natural attractions including Bow Falls and Sulphur Mountain, and admire uninterrupted views over the pristine countryside landscapes.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Full-day Tours

Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group

Get a comprehensive tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake highlights during this 11-hour excursion from Calgary. Learn about the history of Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, accompanied by your guide's engaging commentary. Banff National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Horseback Riding

1 Hour Banff Horseback Riding Adventures

Saddle up for a 1-hour trip 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, where you’ll 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

Multi-day Tours

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Circle West - Canadian Rockies Round Trip Bus Tour From Vancouver

Circle West has been our best selling tour since 1999, and covers the must-see attractions of the Rockies. Your hotels are cradled in the midst of the majestic mountains of the Rockies; with Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, providing opportunities to soak in the charm of these towns of yesteryear. The highlights between the stops include world famous turquoise lakes, deep canyons, thundering waterfalls, and vast glaciers that give the Rockies their legendary scenery. Our deluxe coach will comfortably takes you to most popular highlights, while our mountain tour guide brings these regions to life. For affordability and exceptional quality, Circle West fits the discerning travelers' choice.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Horseback Riding

Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride in Banff with Western Cookout

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

Hiking & Camping

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Sulphur Mountain Highline trek

This ridge hike is truly a unique experience - it's not well known, even by Banff locals. It's also the perfect add-on to the Banff Gondola experience. The views are the best you will experience in the Banff area, with a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains. Our certified guides will pass on unique information about this sensitive alpine environment, the history of Banff, among other interesting topics, while making sure you are safe and comfortable.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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Western Trails - One Way Vancouver To Calgary Rockies Bus Tour

An excellent choice for those who want to join a Canadian Rockies tour from Vancouver, and finish in Calgary! The many beautiful stops will include Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise - all the “can’t miss” highlights of the Canadian Rockies. A very attractive feature of the tour is that our hotels are located in the heart of each town. This way, there’s no time wasted on a long commute to the main attractions, and instead we have more time to enjoy Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise at our leisure. Because this is a one-way trip from Vancouver to Calgary, guests can also choose to extend their stay in Banff or Lake Louise by a few days.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Horseback Riding

2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback

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

Kayaking & Canoeing

Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour

Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the scenery from the water on this canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage. Watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife, then finish your canoe tour with light refreshments.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With Lunch

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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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By Horseback

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

Horseback Riding

2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding Adventure

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 hours

Climbing

Canyoning - Ghost Canyon

Get ready for a Rocky Mountain adventure like no other. This thrilling tour takes you into the canyons near Jasper National Park for a day of hiking and rappelling with a small group. Featuring eight rappels, this adventure starts in Brule, Alberta (about an hour from Jasper) and takes you down into the rugged landscapes only the truly adventurous get to experience.
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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Day Trips

Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

Explore the Canadian wilderness on this 9-hour Lake Louise to Jasper one-way tour. Following a pickup from your Lake Louise accommodation, travel with your guide through the wilds of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Marvel at some of Canada’s most impressive mountainscapes, and discover snow-covered peaks and mighty glaciers. Take in top regional attractions on route such as Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, the Weeping Wall and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia ice field, trek up to Athabasca Glacier or enjoy panoramic Sunwapta Valley views during the glacier skywalk.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

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Premium 5-Day Rocky Mountains & Lakes Tour from Vancouver 2020

Let a professional coach driver do the navigating into the heart of the Canadian Rockies as you sit back and take in the glorious mountain views. On this four-night trip that departs from and returns to a convenient location in downtown Vancouver (near the cruise-ship dock), all of your overnight accommodations are included. Daily breakfast is also included, and your itinerary features plenty of free time to spend just the way you like.
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  • 5 days
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