Uncover the secrets of a historic mountain haven with a local guide leading the way as you gaze at stunning views and visit Banff’s key landmarks.
Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff’s landmarks, learn its history and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat.
The tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka. Plus, enjoy hot chocolate or fresh water (depending on the time of year) and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. It’s a complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!
Water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight.
The Castle of the Rockies is the railway’s contribution to the building of Canada.
A higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Banff Springs Hotel.
What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land.
Visit the largest lake in Banff National Park
An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff’s industrial past.
Free time at the gondola if purchased (please note that Gondola guests will return to their hotel via Banff Transit).
The half-day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to see some of the local highlights such as the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour includes several stops, including a refreshment break with maple cookies and fresh water, and hands on interpretive tools.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
Only half your time is spent on the bus, and at every stop you will have the opportunity to get off the bus and stretch your legs. All of the viewpoints are a short walk.
There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour and we often spot animals, however we do not guarantee seeing wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.