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Bow River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

1. Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour

Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River on a family-friendly canoe tour. Get ready to be amazed by extraordinary views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies around you. This sightseeing tour is perfect for the whole family and doesn't require any previous experience. Meet at the Banff Canoe Club, just a 5-minute walk from downtown Banff. As you journey upstream, your expert guide will entertain you with stories of the past, history of canoeing, and interesting local facts. Admire the scenery around you, while learning how to paddle as a team. After 1 and a half hours of fun, enjoy a complimentary, refreshing lemonade on the shore.

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. 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.

Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

3. Banff: Wildlife on the Bow River Big Canoe Tour

Discover life on the Bow River in a 12-seat Canoe. Start the tour in the evening and learn fun facts about animal habitats, behaviors, and conservation in the region. Escape the bustling Banff streets and get back to nature. Enjoy paddling up the scenic Bow while keeping your eyes peeled for some of the locals like bald eagles, elk, muskrats, and maybe even “Barry” the resident beaver. Let our informative guides share the best practices for wildlife encounters and discover the challenges they face with increasing human interaction.

Canmore: Highlights Electric Bike Guided Tour

4. 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.

Tunnel Mountain Trail: Nature Tour with Audio Guide

5. Tunnel Mountain Trail: Nature Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the marvelous beauty of Tunnel Mountain Trail on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the trail at your own pace with your audio trail guide. Ascend over 266 meters and experience incredible scenic views of the Town of Banff, the valley, and the Sulphur Mountain Viewpoint. Marvel at the awe-inspiring turquoise Bow River as it meanders past the daunting peaks of the Rocky Mountains. See the beautiful scenery while hearing about Mount Rundle, thousands of wildflowers, uniquely shaped trees, and the Rocky Mountain wildlife. Hear the history of the area’s first settlers, the naming of Tunnel Mountain, the Banff town, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park. Enjoy an incredible 360-degree view when you get to the summit of Tunnel Mountain. Reach the top of the peak and soak in beautiful views of the Banff townsite, Vermillion lakes, and the Mountains of Banff National Park.

Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

6. Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Explore the highlights around Calgary's stunning Bow River with an audio walking tour of the Bow River Trail on your smartphone. Find out about the city's history and admire its sights. From the starting point, follow the audio on your smartphone, which plays automatically as you approach points of interest, and use the app offline to save your data. You'll occasionally detour off the path to experience Calgary's varied cultures, too. Hear information and interesting facts about contemporary Calgary, the Calgary Folk Festival, Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the not-for-profit Calgary Zoo with its new zoo bridge. Discover the mission of the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s impressive history as you pass by the Mewata Armouries, Prince’s Island Park, Fort Calgary, the Inglewood Bridge, and two famous houses reputed to be haunted. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, the Chinese Cultural Centre, and Sien Lok Park. Take a break and admire the Centre Street Lions, and check out the views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

7. Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. Enjoy a fun audio tour with information and trivia to keep the whole family laughing and engaged along the way. Each point of interest along the way has a multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score and learn plenty of interesting facts along the route.

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

8. Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

The Discover the Rockies Package, with its driving and two walking tours, gives you the opportunity to take in the mountain beauty of the Rockies and the scenic towns of Canmore and Banff.. One of our most popular audio tours, the between Calgary and Lake Louise Driving tour , takes you along Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. With your smartphone as your guide, you’ll learn about the surrounding mountains, parks and rivers that have played a role in the historical development of the area. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. The Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Walking Tour explores the best of Canmore. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, stroll around Friendship Park, and more. Beginning on the east end of downtown you’ll see the Three Sisters Gallery, and you'll learn about the importance of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail and learn about some of Canmore's coal mining history before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. In the heart of downtown, you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park. Enjoy listening to the history and culture of the Banff City Highlights Walking Tour. Chart your own course using the GPS map and find out where to find the town's statues, sculptures, and murals as you explore the historic downtown. Hear the story of how the town was founded and visit sites like the riverside Banff Central Park or the historic Victorian-style home at the Luxton Home Museum. Learn about the buildings, sculptures, surrounding mountains, and parks that have played a role in the town’s history.

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What people are saying about Bow River

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4.6 / 5

based on 275 reviews

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

Really good, peaceful and interesting. Our guide, Becca, was full of facts delivered with humour.

Our guide was amazing. Lots of fun and great information.

Becca was an amazing guide. Our family of four loved it!