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Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

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Banff, Canada
Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Take an unexpected winter excursion through the landscape of Banff as you search for the park’s famous wildlife on this tour. Head out on a nature-spotting tour to observe animals and learn about their ability to survive the cold winter months. Your morning tour includes round-trip transportation, a professional guide, a light snack and hot chocolate.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and its wildlife
  • Visit historic places and famous landmarks
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and a light snack
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Professional guide
Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
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
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.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Get up close and personal with the famous wildlife of Banff National Park on this exploration of the region’s animals and history. Learn about the winter survival mechanisms, habitats and behaviors of Banff’s non-human residents, plus get an overview of the area’s history, geology and famous landmarks.

Start the day with a morning pickup in Banff, continuing onward to some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as frozen Bow Falls, the famous Banff Springs Hotel, Lake Minnewanka, and the Hoodoos and Bow Valley lookout. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, and bighorn sheep as this is a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning

Finish your tour by warming up with a snack and a steaming cup of hot chocolate before drop-off back in Banff.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from December through April.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Minnewanka
Visit Lake Minnewanka, Banff's largest lake, and hear stories about the underwater ghost town.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bow Falls
See frozen Bow Falls,these falls were featured in several classic Hollywood films of the 1950s including 'River of No Return' with Marilyn Monroe.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Surprise Corner
This viewpoint gives an iconic view of the “Castle Of The Rockies” against the backdrop of Sulphur Mountain with the majestic Bow River in the foreground.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoodoos Trail
Learn about the hoodoos from your guide as you look out over this impressive viewpoint.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
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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star-5
Best experience with my...
Arop_B
, Mar 2022
Best experience with my wife. We learned so much about banff. Jeff was a great tour guide, super funny and super welcoming. Cant wait to come back and be apart of another one of his tours!
star-5
Enjoyable tour
Tricia_B
, Mar 2022
We enjoyed our tour and Neil our guide was great, very knowledgeable. We did get to see some wildlife and all the information about Banff and all the sites we saw was great. Thank-you!
star-5
Great overview to Banff National Park
Laura_Y
, Feb 2020
Tour guides Jeff and Anick were knowledgable and personable. They provided an incredible amount of information about the park and its history, while also offering ample opportunity to stop admire (and photograph) breathtaking views. They provided good information about the wildlife, and we were able to see some deer. A great overview to the national park.
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star-5
Wildlife tour
gillcowie
, Jan 2020
Our driver Raven was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our trip. Added bonus we spotted an Elk which made it more enjoyable and the scenery was amazing great stopping areas for some great photos
star-1
We had guessed there was a smaller...
Louise_M
, Feb 2017
We had guessed there was a smaller chance of seeing wildlife due to the tour being in winter, however this was not made known from the Tour company itself, rather a guess on our behalf. We were shown photos / pictures of some of the animals which are often seen however some of these were nothing more than internet pictures rather than real photos which could have been taken by the tour guides or previous travellers. I would not recommend that someone does this tour in winter after our experience.
star-5
Although we did not see much...
Linzi D
, Jan 2017
Although we did not see much wildlife, the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and it's history, as well as the wildlife and their habitats. I thoroughly enjoyed the time and came away feeling I had learned a great deal. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting Banff.
star-4
It was a good overview of things to do...
Doreen H
, Apr 2009
It was a good overview of things to do in Banff. Gave an interesting history of the area, tour guide very friendly and very knowledgeable.

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