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Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Grizzly country, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride offering panoramic views of Grizzly country, and visit a wildlife refuge to observe an orphaned bear as it frolics in its protected home. This Grizzly-themed day trip also includes round-trip transportation from most Banff hotels, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments and use of binoculars.


  • Day trip to grizzly country from Banff
  • Visit Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and Kicking Horse Canyon
  • Enjoy a gondola ride with a bird's eye view of grizzly country
  • Stop at the refuge and watch grizzly bears play
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Banff hotels

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What You Can Expect

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

See a grizzly bear up close at the Grizzly Bear Refuge

Get up close and personal with the world of the Grizzly bear on this 10-hour tour from Banff, created with animal lovers in mind. Explore the dramatic natural landscape the Grizzly calls home, including Emerald Lake, Takkakaw Falls and Kicking Horse Canyon, while enjoying special activities that will allow you to learn about and observe these majestic creatures in their natural setting.

Start your day with a pickup from most Banff hotels. Check with your tour operator for your exact pickup time. Continue to the Grizzly’s home turf for a gondola ride to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain. On the way up, be on the lookout for potential Grizzlies in the area below, and take in the fantastic scenery. At the top spend some time hiking the summit trails and enjoy an included gourmet lunch at the Eagle Eye, Canada’s highest restaurant.

From there, your tour continues to the Grizzly Bear Refuge for an intimate encounter with Boo, an orphaned bear that calls the refuge home. Observe the behaviors of this magnificent animal at close range as it roams and plays in the refuge’s natural Grizzly habitat. 

The day also includes a chance to visit some of the Banff area’s most spectacular natural wonders, including Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls, offering more opportunities to further explore the Grizzly Bear’s one-of-a-kind habitat. End your trip with a return to Banff and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: this tour is seasonal and only operates from June through October.

Customer Reviews

Mary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour. The tour guide was wonderful and very informative. The scenery was beautiful and Boo the grizzly bear was very cooperative. I would definitely recommend taking this tour!

Qinghua L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Marvelous trip with tour guide Mike who is humorous and knowledgeable and from Australia!

Irma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pam was an excellent tour guide. She was very informative and had a great personality. The scenery was beautiful. It was one of best tours I have been on.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was beautiful, informative and fun. Emma our tour guide was an excellent. During the time between stops she kept us entertained with information and thoughtful questions and stories. The falls were great. Boo the bear and his story was fantastic. The care takers there were caring and responsible. Boo is allowed to be as wild as non-dependent on people as he can be. Lunch was fabulous at Kicking Horse. This tour was heartwarming. The scenery amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This experience is the No.1 priority on any trip to Banff . From the early morning start the day was filled with awe-aspiring scenery of the Rockies. Sights of waterfalls/mountains to live long in the memory.The part of the day everybody was eagerly awaiting was the visit to the Grizzly Bear sanctuary to see Boo.On arrival the knowledgeable staff member explained the story of Grizzly Boo,after waiting about an hour the majestic animal strolled out of the undergrowth. Unforgettable !!

Rosemary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour! Our Hostless was a fantastic driver, narrator and all round best guide for this trip. I think Discover Tours should give this trip some more information for potential guests: great scenery, great bus, wonderful narration and lovely lunch with a fantastic view. Best of all: our hostess. She was a lovely comment on all things good with your company.

Catherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I got a great video of Bou the bear. We had a delicious lunch at the top of Kicking Horse ski area. We saw all kinds of wild animals, gushing falls and lakes in all different jewelled colors. But the highlight of the trip was Emma. Our driver was patient, funny, informative and upbeat. Her navigation of those hair-pin turns was amazing. After I booked this trip, I was uncertain that it would be worth it. I was so wrong and am thrilled I didn't miss this tour.

Nancy Fischer R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great small group tour with our guide Rob, who was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. It was very well organized, and we very much enjoyed the experience, seeing and learning about orphaned grizzly, Boo.

Yean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour is really fun. You got to see a beautiful waterfall, a nice restaurant for lunch, couple lifts and bear! It is really worth it

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent guide/driver made sure our group had amazing experience. Faultless!

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