Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

Meet the bear at the largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat in the world on a full-day tour from Banff. Stop at the Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park and eat a gourmet lunch at Canada's highest restaurant.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Meet Boo the grizzly bear at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge
  • Soar to the heights of the Purcell Mountains in an enclosed sightseeing gondola
  • Enjoy lunch and spectacular views of the Rockies at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
  • See Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s second highest waterfall (when road access permits)
  • Visit Emerald Lake, famous for its jade-coloured waters and surrounded by breathtaking mountains
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Get picked up from a meeting point at the Mt Royal Hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, head to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park (when access permits), to see Canada's 2nd highest waterfall tumbling 254m (830 feet) in one stretch and 384m (1,260 feet) in total. The falls can be admired from the parking area or from an optional short 0.5km (¹⁄₃ mile) walk on a paved trail from the parking area to the base of the impressive falls. Then, continue on to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to take an enclosed sightseeing gondola with glass windows. Travel up to 7,700 feet s you admire the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River Wetlands, and the quaint town of Golden. At the top, enjoy a gourmet lunch from your choice of menu items with a non-alcoholic beverage and dessert at Eagle's Eye restaurant, Canada's highest restaurant. After a leisurely lunch and enjoying the mountain top views, descend back down the sightseeing gondola, and take a 4-person open-chairlift chairlift partway up the mountain to the Grizzly Bear Refuge, the largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat in the world. At the refuge, meet Boo, a bear with paws the size of hubcaps, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and enormous muscles moving beneath his shaggy fur, in his 20-acre habitat in the Rocky Mountain bush. Hear his personal story and learn about grizzly bear behavior from the knowledgeable guide. Watch him explore, hunt, and forage just like his wild cousins. After the tour, descend back down the open-air chairlift and have a brief stop at stunning Emerald Lake on the return journey to Banff. This tour has a guaranteed grizzly bear sighting or your next tour is free.
  • Access to Banff National Park
  • Access to Yoho National Park Of Canada
  • Access to Emerald Lake, British Columbia
  • Access to Takakkaw Falls
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Bus / coach
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Coffee or tea
  • Water
  • Hot Drink

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    Meeting point

    Wait at the public bus parking spot located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Your guide will be there within the 15-minute pickup window.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Early and late season bookings may be subject to itinerary changes
    • Takakkaw Falls Road opens late June so tours in early June will include stops at the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge instead
    • This tour has a guaranteed grizzly bear sighting or your next tour is free
    • Infant rates do not include food
    • Hotel pick up from Banff hotels is available on request
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 10 reviews

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    Neil was excellent. His background and love of history made the day interesting with lots of fun facts.

    September 12, 2022

    our guide Hugh was very nice and caring! very interesting, thanks for everything! the view from the Eagle Eyes restaurant was well worth the detour

    July 10, 2022

    The trip was unbelievable and impressive ..... I would go with it immediately if I didn't have to leave tomorrow

    September 13, 2019

    Product ID: 225081