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Evening Wildlife Safari

Banff, Canada
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From $49.68

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Evening bus tour in Banff
  • Go searching for wildlife in Banff National Park at dusk from the comfort of a coach bus with large viewing windows
  • Keep an eye out for bears, big horn sheep, deer, elk and more
  • Learn about the local wildlife and preservation efforts from an expert guide

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by climate-controlled vehicle
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

    All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

This Banff wildlife safari is the perfect opportunity to spot the park’s amazing creatures during their most active evening period, all set against the beautiful landscape of the Canadian Rockies.

After an early evening pickup in Banff, you’ll head into the park with your guide. As the tour passes through the park’s diverse mountain landscapes, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of animals such as sheep, elk, deer and bears as they begin their evening activity. Your guide will share additional details about these amazing creatures and their unique habitat, along with some of the challenges of trying to protect them and a stop will be made at an interactive touch table to view rare animal props and artifacts.

At the end of the two hours, you’ll be dropped back in downtown Banff, arriving with a newfound appreciation and understanding of the incredible wildlife that calls this area home.

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

Banff National Park

Travel through prime wildlife areas in Banff on this paved road bus tour, with little to no walking involved. There are a number of routes available depending on wildlife activity and so every night is a new adventure!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a bus tour, and you will be on the bus for the majority of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Operated by Discover Banff Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Didn’t see a bear but was still worth the money.
Didn’t see a bear but was still worth the money.
254 reviews
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Very nice driver and good...
Janine_L, Jun 2022
Very nice driver and good stories about the area, but Wildlife Safari? Thought we would go to special locations in the park, not only driving along the official streets and highways. Very few chances to see the Wildlife. You can do it with your own car.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Janine, thanks for the feedback. Yes, you can certainly drive around on your own. The benefit of going with a guide are the stories they tell, interpretive knowledge and facts they share, chances to speak with a local person, not worrying about driving (if you h ave a vehicle) and best chances of seeing animals (we've been doing this a long time, and know animal patterns pretty well). Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Banff.
Great for wildlife lovers
Kymberlee_G, Jun 2022
Great for wildlife lovers, we got to see several animals. Tour guide was great in helping us get views and pics of the animals.
Wildlife Night
Kimberly_Y, Jun 2022
We saw an awesome bear that would not stop eating and we saw him a lot. We went to every location. We saw deer, elk, and bighorn sheep. Our driver Buck was very funny, friendly, and knew a lot.
Great animals, terrible guide
Sally_R, Jun 2022
The best part of the tour was seeing the wildlife. We saw elk, including a baby elk, three black bears, and deer. The animals were beautiful, particularly the elk. The worst part of the tour was our guide. Hugh was condescending to the children on the tour, drove by and stopped as far away from some animals as possible such that no one could really get a good view of the animals, and spent more time showing the bus how the bear-proof garbage cans worked and photos of the passovers than actually looking at animals.
Good intro to Banff
Lorna_T, Jun 2022
Good excursion as an introduction to Banff National Park. Beautiful lakes and wildlife sightings. I would have given 5 stars but the guide turned up half an hour late, and as we were asked to be ready early, we were waiting for nearly 45mins with no apology from the guide. However I was informed by phone call from the tour operator that he was running late. Such a shame that we felt rushed to take photos and more than one loo stop was unnecessary for such a short excursion.
Sensational Safari
Penny_C, Jun 2022
Our guide, Tyler (“TJ”), was so much fun! He was very enthusiastic and articulate and he made us feel safe. He let everyone introduce themselves, tell where we were frim, and announce weddings and anniversaries, which was fun. It rained some during the trip but we still saw white-tailed deer, many female elk, and a couple of huge bull elk! We were able to get off at the final scenic overlook and take pictures. Thank you, TJ, for a great experience!
Moira_B, Jun 2022
Great tour, well worth the money, seen bears, deer, elk great view of banff, tour guide Jeff was great
Excellent experience and enjoyment👌👌👌
PRABHATA_P, Jun 2022
Interactive with Elk, Deer, Grizzly bear. Tour guide person have excellent knowledge and explanation’s nicely.
Saw tons of wildlife...a...
Anne_B, Jun 2022
Saw tons of wildlife...a black bear munching at the side of the road was the highlight of the trip...
Awesome and informative
SamanWeda_G, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! we learned SO much about the area + wildlife and how managing a national park actually works - we saw a grizzly bear, elks, moose, sheeps etc.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Majestic & worth it!
Gabrielle_D, May 2022
Photos don’t do it justice!!! Saw a wolf on the prowl, dozens of mule deer and white tail deer, dozens of sheep on a majestic hill side, and elk! Jeff was the best - kind, knowledgeable, and committed to giving us the best experience! Highly recommend.
It was a good trip, We’ve...
Glaiza_R, Apr 2022
It was a good trip, We’ve seen lots of mule deer, sheep and few white-tailed deer. No elks and bears during the trip but overall it was good experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
heather_b, Apr 2022
Had a great evening and Andrew taught us lots about the Rockies and the wildlife living here. Very knowledgeable guide and we had lots of fun too. Would recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Was amazing we saw many...
Lily_E, Apr 2022
Was amazing we saw many deer and sheep but we’re given a golden tip and found a bear the next day, amazing experience
Nature up close
Angela_S, Apr 2022
Andrew was our guide and was very knowledgeable. Told some great stories and we got to see wildlife even before we left Banff town. Too early in the season to see a bear which would have completed the experience but definitely worth it ☺️ Got a key-chain as a momento
Great tour!
Brandon_G, Apr 2022
It was a fun/simple/quick tour, great to fill an evening. Rob was a great guide, informative and very knowledgeable about the park. Of course animals sightings are subject to nature and luck, but you’re all but guaranteed to see several deer…anything more is a bonus.
We really appreciated our...
Jeanric_B, Apr 2022
We really appreciated our guide, Jeff, he knew a lot of things about Banff and the wildlife. He also knew great spots to see animals.
We were driving to the...
Donna_M, Oct 2021
We were driving to the Banff Springs Hotel and saw a hugh male Elk walking across the road on his way to the golf course. If you want to see Elk , they all hang out on the golf course at this hotel. Donna Toronto
Evening Safari Banff
Arlene_F, Oct 2021
The tour was brilliant and so was our guide Heidi. Very informative and funny and kept us all entertained. We saw deer, Elk and unbelievably a bear!! My only criticism is that Viator told us to meet the tour in downtown Banff as they didn’t pick up from hotels. That meant we had to get a taxi there…..which cost us $12. However, when we boarded the bus the driver proceeded to drive to our hotel to pick up another guest! So a waste of time & money for us!! I have reported this to Viator via email with no response!
Wild Animals
Alvaro_O, Sep 2021
Very Good. Drivers was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately not all the wild fauna cooperated. Weather was good
1 traveler found this review helpful


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