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Banff: Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Banff: Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Admire views of the Canadian Rockies as you cruise on the largest lake in Banff National Park. Get the chance to see sheep, deer, and mountain goats along the shore, and learn about the culture of the indigenous people who used to live in the area from your expert guide. Meet your guide and captain on the boat dock at Lake Minnewanka and begin your adventure. Glide through the crystal clear water of this glacier lake and soak up the views of the mountains and blue sky above you. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the lakeshore, including big-horned sheep, deer, mountain goats, and even the occasional bear. During the cruise, learn interesting facts and stories about the wildlife and vegetation that inhabit the Canadian Rockies from your guides. Dive into the culture of the indigenous people who used to call the area home and hear a lot of entertaining legends of the area.

From Banff: Shuttle to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

From Banff: Shuttle to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

Book a round-way shuttle between Banff, Moraine Lake, and Lake Louise so you don't need to worry about driving, finding a taxi, or joining the crowds on big buses Ensure you easily visit Moraine Lake, which is closed to public vehicle access in 2023. With this shuttle service, you are guaranteed to visit Moraine Lake easily. Best of all, the voucher can also be used for a further transfer within the same day schedule if there are seats available. The return trip seats are guaranteed if you follow the bus schedule. Below is the designed shuttle schedule: Morning Schedule#1: Banff (8:30 AM) / Lake Louise (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM) / Moraine Lake (11 AM to 12 PM) / Banff (1:30 PM) Morning Schedule#2: Banff (10:30 AM) / Lake Louise (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM) / Moraine Lake (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM) / Banff (3:30 PM) Afternoon Route Schedule: Banff (14:30) -- Lake Louise (15:30 to 16:30) -- Moraine Lake (17:00 to 18:00) -- Banff (19:30) Ticket is for round-way trip. if you want to customize your ride schedule instead of follow our schedules above, please contact us in advance so that we can plan ahead to accommodate your request. In most cases we're able to fit your schedule. Hope you'll enjoy our hassle free shuttle service. For the Banff Departure, please meet us at the bus parking area behind the Mount Royal Hotel. Don't wait in front of the hotel. NOTE: the schedule above is a general guide, bus can be delayed by bad road condition, traffic jam, road construction, unexpected events, bad weather, etc. We do our best to follow the schedule. Based on the transportation regulation, parents or guardians are responsible for providing a car seat or booster if you have any infants or young kids. This tour won't provide any car seats or boosters.

From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

Experience Banff’s famous lakes on a guided tour of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.  Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears on your way, and admire views of Castle Mountain before arriving at the first lake of the day. Hear stories about Banff National Park, its history, and the local animals from your guide. Enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lake Louise. Wander the famous shoreline and take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier.  Admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel from the outside or inside. Explore Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake from the shoreline. Enjoy water and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. After a 30-minute break at the viewpoint, return back to Banff and drop you off at your hotel.

Banff: Sunset and Stars Evening Walking Tour

Banff: Sunset and Stars Evening Walking Tour

Take an evening sunset walk and watch the stars come out while experiencing nature at remote trail locations. Watch a stunning mountain sunset and feel the awe of seeing the first stars appear. Explore Banff National Park like never before and see nature by night. Be escorted by professional mountain guides and see more of the area with the use of headlamps and lanterns. Hike along local trails around Banff and take the unique opportunity to watch the nocturnal world come to life.

Banff/Canmore: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Johnston Canyon

Banff/Canmore: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Johnston Canyon

Experience a full-day group tour of Banff National Park’s most iconic lakes, including Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, Vermilion Lakes from Calgary, Banff or Canmore. Embark on the best hiking trail at Johnston Canyon, and explore the highlights of Banff town. After heading to the meeting point in Calgary, Canmore or Banff, meet your local guide and board your air-conditioned van for the day. Drive toward Lake Louise, and enjoy a perfect photo opportunity by the pristine shores of the glacial lake. Continue to Moraine Lake and take in spectacular views of the scenic lake surrounded by mountains. From October 15–May 31, Moraine Lake will be replaced by Lake Minnewanka, another scenic spot. Next, hike a trail at Johnston Canyon to discover the area's picturesque waterfalls (Ice walk with free rental of crampons in winter). Finish the tour by immersing yourself in the charm of Vermilion Lakes and Banff Avenue before getting dropped off at your original starting point.

Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Using a step, climb onto your horse under the direction of your guide, and learn some basic horseback riding techniques. Follow your guide along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin Hot springs - the original birthplace of Banff National Park. This area is home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. Enjoy unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains along the way. After 1 hour of scenic horseback riding, return to the stables, where you'll disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

Banff: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Banff: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

The Kananaskis Whitewater Tour is a Whitewater Rafting experience that everyone can enjoy. From the playful waves to the scenic landscapes, punching through rapids, to fun filled games on calmer sections of the river; this tour has something for everyone. Don't let this Class 2-3 grade river, fool you, it delivers big splashes with heart pumping hits. We meet at our River Base, or pre book a shuttle from Canmore by contacting Canadian Rockies Rafting. You will be greeted and checkin with one of our awesome team members. We then gear up in the provided wetsuit, helmet, booties, splash jacket and life vest, gather around our demo raft to go over a safety briefing and load the buses for a 5 mins drive to the put in. At the put in you'll meet your fun and trusty guide. Pay close attention as they go over paddling commands and general instructions for your time on the river. Now hop in the raft and let's go rafting! After your full filled adventure you'll be reunited with our buses for a quick 10 min ride back to our River Base to change and grab a refreshing non alcoholic beverage. You'll also be provided the "how to" on where to view and purchase the photos from your tour. Your adventure has now come to an end, if you took our transport from Canmore we are ready to bring you back, if you met us at the River Base you are free to enjoy the rest of your time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Don't be sad, we will be here whenever you are ready for more fun!

Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

Go on an evening wildlife safari tour and discover the animals of Banff. Led by your expert guide, experience twilight wildlife encounters.  As the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, the wildlife of Banff National Park become more active in the cool hours before dark. Get the chance to be up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents. Spot an elk sauntering across a clearing or a bighorn sheep grazing in an alpine meadow. Sometimes, you may even see a grizzly bear snuffling through a berry bush.  Have your guide take you on a paved road bus tour where you are most likely to see Rocky Mountain creatures. Learn about how the park protects these animals and their natural habitat from many threats to the ecosystem.

From Banff: Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Day Trip

From Banff: Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Day Trip

Discover the Athabasca Glacier on a guided tour from Banff. Journey along the scenic Icefields Parkway and climb into an Ice Explorer vehicle to explore the awesome glacier. Experience breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley as you step across the Glacier Skywalk. Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern mini bus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, your guide will welcome you on the tour with an overview of where you'll be headed as you sit back and enjoy the ride along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic drives. Benefit from a tour where you don’t have to navigate or watch the road. Sit back, relax, and focus on the amphitheater of mountains towering above as you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife at the edges of the forest. Stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre and board an Ice Explorer vehicle. Drive onto the Athabasca Glacier, learn about its history, and take some free time to soak up the views. Touch this ancient sheet of ice and even drink pure, cold water straight from the glacier. Head to the nearby glass floor Glacier Skywalk and follow the 1-kilometer walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. Witness the giant glaciers perched above you and admire the views of the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spread out below. Enjoy a scenic stop for a hearty packed lunch of a sandwich, juice, fruit, chips, and brownies. Visit iconic landmarks along the Icefields Parkway such as Bow Lake, the headwaters of the mighty Bow River before heading back to Banff.

Banff: Sunshine Sightseeing Gondola and Standish Chairlift

Banff: Sunshine Sightseeing Gondola and Standish Chairlift

Enjoy a scenic ride on the Banff Sunshine Sightseeing Gondola and Standish Sightseeing Chairlift. Take 2 breathtaking rides to the elevation of 7,825 ft. Prepare to be amazed by incredible views of the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains and their crystal clear alpine lakes. The Banff Sunshine Gondola fits 8 passengers in the cabin, allowing you to enjoy the ride with your family and friends. Start at the base at an elevation of 5,442 ft and enjoy a 22-minute gondola ride to the top of Sunshine Village at 7,083 ft. Once there, take a hike to explore this premier ski resort and take in the views of the valley and its wildlife. From the Sunshine Village, take a 8-minute ride on the Standish Chairlift to an elevation 7,825 ft — the highest lift-accessed sightseeing elevation in Banff National Park. Admire the 360-degree, breathtaking views of Banff National Park and the majestic Canadian Rockies.

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