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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

1. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

2. Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

Enjoy a great activity for families, large groups, and team building on this half-day cave exploration with an expert guide. Partake in a truly unforgettable day as you marvel at the inside of ancient cave formations. Start your day by meeting your guide at the local partner's address. Sign your waiver and collect your caving equipment before setting off in a convoy for a 10 minute drive to the tour destination. When you arrive, pack up your caving gear and enjoy a 30 minute hike up a picturesque mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail, your guide will share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of bears or cougars. Inside the cave you’ll get to climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through water-worn passages. Your route through the cave will include "the Box”, the Five Way Chamber, the Grand Gallery and finally, the Grotto. This beautiful room is the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

Canmore: Highlights Electric Bike Guided Tour

3. Canmore: Highlights Electric Bike Guided Tour

Explore Canmore's beautiful landmarks on a gudied tour by electric bike. See the Engine Bridge, Northwest Mounted Police Barracks, and fantastic views along the Bow River. Just outside of Banff National Park lies the charming mountain town of Canmore. With its storied origins as a coal mining town transitioning to Olympic Event Centre and now a popular film location, Canmore has become one of the most desirable mountain towns in the world. Explore some of its extensive system of trails surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain views.

Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

4. Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore with a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at Rotary Friendship Park and learn about the local secrets and hidden gems.  Hike on a scenic trail that is great for families. The easy to moderate hike takes you up a continued incline to the spectacular turquoise lakes. Pass by a waterfall and take in breathtaking views along the way.  Explore the lakes with your local guide and see ancient pictographs hidden in the rocks. Enjoy a unique experience and feel a deep connection by exploring an ancient world of wilderness and wildlife.

Canmore: Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Walking Tour

5. Canmore: Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Walking Tour

Join your professional guides and naturalists on an adventure into the hidden world of wildlife. They will show you trees that have been scarred by climbing bears, active nests of eagles and ospreys, and fields frequented by elk and wolves. While you can't be guaranteed you'll see animals, you greatly increase your chances by teaming up with an expert. The fun of this tour is its compelling mix of possibility mixed with hands-on experiences. Learn the current trends in wildlife research. What have we learned over the past decade? How are we finding ways to better coexist with the local wildlife population? Hands-on kits provided include an impressive collection of artifacts to add an additional level of excitement. An Intimate Wildlife Experience, Alberta is one of the only places in North America where prairie, boreal forest, and mountain ecosystems meet. As a result, Alberta is home to an abundance and variety of wildlife. More than 400 bird, 90 mammal, 18 reptile and amphibian, 50 fish, and 1800 wild flowering species can be found here.

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

6. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

7. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

8. Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

Explore the Rat’s Nest Cave on this adventure in Canmore with a guide and safety equipment. Experience the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did, without handrails or walkways. Enjoy an 18-meter rappel and plenty of time to explore passages like the Laundry Chute. Meet your guide to collect your caving equipment and undergo a safety briefing. Then, follow them for a 10-minute drive to the cave parking lot. Suit up in your caving gear and hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the way, listen to stories that tell the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Gain insight into how caves are formed, learn about the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Once at the entrance, climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through the cave's water-worn passages. Your route through the cave gives you a lot of adrenaline-pumping moments including rappelling down an 18-meter drop, passing the Five Way Chamber, crawling through the Laundry Chute, and taking in the Grand Gallery. Finally, make your way to the Grotto, the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal-clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites. Emerge victoriously from the cave with a celebratory high five. Return to the cave parking lot and say goodbye to your guide.

Canmore: Cowboys and Coal Mines History Walking Tour

9. Canmore: Cowboys and Coal Mines History Walking Tour

Enjoy this immersive experience into the history of western Canada. Let your fun and friendly guide take you on a journey through time and reveal the stories behind the scenery. Go back into the history and mystery of the first peoples of the Rockies. Explore a history written in rock! This tour will provide you with a story of mystery and intrigue that was shared by the early explorers, pioneers, and cowboys that called the Rockies home. Rated as a leisurely walk suitable for the whole family! A truly authentic local experience presented by professional guides and local historians.

Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

10. Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

Explore off the beaten path and get away from the crowds. Get amazing bird's-eye views of the Rockies as you hike to the mountain tops and stop at the 360-degree lookouts. The tour starts in the morning by meeting your guide, who will transfer you to the mountains. Begin a two-hour hike to the first viewpoint where you'll stop for lunch and snacks. After a short break for lunch, the tour continues higher into the alpine and mountain tops to another beautiful 360-degree lookout. Experience walking amongst the mountain peaks for 15 to 20 minutes until returning back down. Enjoy this unique experience with a fully trained and certified local guide. You will be provided with hiking poles on your arrival.

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What people are saying about Canmore

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Hats off to our tourist guide Joey M!! He did an excellent job above and beyond our expectation. Getting this tour is worth it with all the convenience fr the hotel pick up to each strategic spots for phototaking. Joey M even took the initiative to be the official photographer of our group. Its also worth mentioning that with a tour guide like Joey, we skipped all the long waiting lines and the hassle of finding parking spots! We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of banff in one day!

I travelled with my daughter and my parents and our tour guides Jef and Gabe were very accommodating. Since this is a private tour, we didn't feel rushed to get to another location. We get to take our time and enjoy the scenery. I highly recommend this tour. We will definitely book with them again when we go back to Calgary.

Joey with get your guide was the highlight of our trip to Canada. He was dedicated to making sure my husband and I had a fun and memorable trip to Lake Louise, Lake Moraine and Banff. We would highly recommend contacting get your guide in Calgary and cross your fingers Joey will be your guide.

Chris was our guide and he was great! Told us so much information about the rapids and the mountains near by. He was nice and was good company. Highly recommend.

These guides are truly excellent. Will always look out for them when travelling by car. Great value