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Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Hike to Stanley Glacier Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock where you may even find some fossils. Be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom. Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Return distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles); elevation gain: 395m (1,285 ft). Hike to Larch Valley Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass. Rated: Moderate; hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles); elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft). Hike to Consolation Lakes This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon our return explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions, this is a great trip to do in a guided group. Rated: Easy; Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; return distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles); elevation gain: 255m (837 ft). Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Your hike starts by the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. Just past the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise, with cakes and tea served at the teahouse (optional). Rated: moderate; hiking time: 5 hours; distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles); elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)

Banff/Canmore: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Tour

Banff/Canmore: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Emerald Lake Tour

Meet your guide at the designated meeting point in Banff or Canmore and begin your tour. Discover the iconic beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake (replaced by Marble Canyon in Kootenay, a breathtaking natural wonder from Oct 15 - May 31), each offering breathtaking scenery. After this, we will have a lunch stop (own expense) at the Lake Louise Village or Lake Louise Ski Resort. Then, visit Yoho National Park, admire to spectacular Emerald Lake, and marvel at the Natural Bridge, a stunning geological wonder. Get dropped off back at your pickup point in Banff, Canmore or Calgary at the end of your tour.

Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the iconic 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.  You'll hear about the indigenous peoples, early pioneers, animals, geography and historical events. See & hear about towering mountains, pristine lakes & rivers, wildlife crossings & mountain towns that make this drive incredible. 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.

Calgary: Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Emerald Lakes SmallGroup

Calgary: Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Emerald Lakes SmallGroup

Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Calgary. Hop on board an air-conditioned vehicle and soak up breathtaking views of the Canadian wilderness. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like black bears and deer along the way. Head to the turquoise lakes of Lake Louise & Moraine Lake ( replaced by Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park from Oct 15 - May 31). Travel to Yoho National Park of Emerald Lake, which offers spectacular scenery. And natural Bridge where you can capture pictures of this erosion-shaped rock formation that spans the Kicking Horse River. Relax in this serene and picturesque setting. Return to your meeting point with unforgettable memories of the Canadian Rockies.

Banff: Waterfalls Tour in Banff & Yoho National Parks

Banff: Waterfalls Tour in Banff & Yoho National Parks

Experience a day trip adventure through Yoho National Park and go chasing Canada's most scenic waterfalls with an expert guide. Thrill the adventurer in you, escape the big bus crowds of Banff National Park and learn about the region's best kept secrets. Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Banff and head towards the national park in the comfort of a van. Once arrived, follow your guide off the beaten track to experience the epic beauty of the Canadian Rockies without the summer crowds. You will discover the lesser-known but just as incredible Yoho National Park and get to see the non blue waters of Emerald Lake and Canada'as tallest waterfall at Takkakaw Falls. As you go, listen to your guide share stories and local insights with a combination of on road guiding and in-destination solo exploring allowing you to experience each stop at your own pace. Let your guide tailor the itinerary to your group whilst factoring in big bus tour schedules and weather conditions and choose to canoe, hike or simply sit back and watch the world go by under a giant tree.

From Banff: Snowshoeing Tour in Kootenay National Park

From Banff: Snowshoeing Tour in Kootenay National Park

Once your guide has picked you up from the meeting point, take a scenic drive in a modern minibus along Highway 93 South from Banff into the neighboring Kootenay National Park. Upon arrival at the Paint Pots trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on snowshoes over your winter boots and give you an introduction to the art of snowshoeing. Then, start down the easy 3-kilometer (1.86-mile) winding forest trail, perfect for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain. Cross a bridge over the frozen Vermilion River to the fascinating Paint Pots, mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting. As you explore this cultural treasure within the Kootenay National Park, learn about the history of the fur trade with your guide. Throughout your snowshoeing tour, hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers, and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. After the crisp winter walk, enjoy hot chocolate and a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert. What's more, try a crazy carpet slide down the hill while the maple taffy is being made - kids and adults alike love this part of the tour! After your snowshoeing adventure, your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

Banff National Park Tour: Lake Louise & Marble Canyon

Banff National Park Tour: Lake Louise & Marble Canyon

In the morning, we will pass by the [Castle Mountain], it will bring you an unparalleled scenery. Next, we'll proceed to [Marble Canyon]. Fossils of Cambrian soft-bodied creatures were found here. A narrow path over a creek, from the bridge you can see the canyon below, with a frozen waterfall cascading from above on the right, the stunning landscape are impressive. The trip continues to explore [Lake Louise], one of the most visited destinations in the Canada; is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks, backed by [Victoria Glacier] and elevated by [Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise]. In Summer (From June 1 to Oct 14), we will visit [Moraine Lake] (subject to official opening dates). Moraine Lake set in the rugged Valley of the [Ten Peaks], amazing colors create a unique appearance used on the Canadian dollar bill. Next, we stop by [Two Jack Lake] for photo taking, then head to Lake Minnewanka, the largest and deepest glacial lake in Banff National Park. You'll have the option to Lake Minnewanka Cruise (additional fee). This stunning aqua-blue lake is surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and unique rocks by the shoreline. In Winter (From Oct 15 to May 31), we will arrive [Emerald Lake], the place where the amazing blue-green color is caused by the sunlight reflecting off the "marl" layer. Before ending our tour, you will be amazed by the waterfall cascading over [Natural Bridge]. Enjoy the sounds of nature as you stroll along the frozen path that leads to the Bridge.

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

With your Discover the Rockies Package you will hear engaging audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tours. First, enjoy the Calgary and Lake Louise Driving tour that 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, learn about the surrounding mountains, parks, and rivers that have played a role in the historical development of the area. Hear about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. The Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Walking Tour explores the best of Canmore. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, and stroll around Friendship Park. Start on the east end of downtown and see the Three Sisters Gallery, where 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. Then, discover more about the history and culture of the Banff on a city highlights walking audio 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.

From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

Discover the unique contrasts of Kootenay National Park, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs, on this day trip from Calgary. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point and travel to Marble Canyon. Along the way, stop at the Great Divide which marks the border between Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park for a photo and some incredible views. Upon arrival at the canyon, take the self-guided trail which leads along this ice-caved canyon and through the remains of a forest destroyed by wildfires in 2003. Next, continue to the Kootenay Valley View Point. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermillion mountain ranges and the Kootenay River far below. Watch the river wind through the mountain forest following an ancient route to the great Columbia River. If you feel like relaxing after all that walking, enjoy a dip in the naturally heated, mineral-rich hot pool of Radium Hot Springs. Finally, follow a scenic trail through the open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls before returning to Calgary in the evening.

Calgary and Vancouver: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour Package

Calgary and Vancouver: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour Package

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the majestic Trans-Canada Highway 1, stretching from Calgary, Alberta to Vancouver, BC. Our audio tour offers four immersive experiences, allowing you to explore at your own pace without any time constraints. With the freedom to stop anywhere, let the scenic beauty captivate you as you drive while the entertaining audio clips play automatically through our live GPS map, all without using any data. The Calgary to Lake Louise tour takes you on a fascinating discovery of Banff National Park, with insights into the historic Banff Hot Springs and the stunning Kananaskis Country. Revel in the wonders of nature as you admire the Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade and Fortress Mountains at your leisure. Continue your adventure from Lake Louise to Revelstoke, as the audio guide brings the drive to life with tales of mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons, and glaciers. Pass by iconic landmarks such as Wapta Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, and Glacier National Park. Explore parks, historical sites, and recreational areas, from the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site to the Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trails. Move on to the Kamloops to Revelstoke tour, where you'll be immersed in the area's natural wonders and history. Enjoy the flexibility to start from either direction as you learn about the Thompson River and its Sockeye salmon. Experience the charm of Mount Ida, Eagle River, Mount Macpherson, and more, while uncovering stories like the Fly Hills Fire and the Last Spike. Follow the route along Highway 1 & the Coquihalla on the Vancouver to Kamloops tour, a breathtaking drive that reveals the beauty of British Columbia. Learn about the Hudson's Bay Company, early explorer James Douglas, and the scenic Fraser Valley. Engage in fun audio clips with multiple-choice trivia questions at many of the point of interests, ensuring entertainment for all ages. Our audio guide ensures a safe and hands-free experience, playing automatically as you approach points of interest. Download the app for offline use and save your data. Whether you start from Calgary or Vancouver, the tour promises an enriching and laughter-filled family-friendly adventure. So, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with scenic wonders, historical insights, and fascinating trivia, as you explore the breathtaking Trans-Canada Highway 1 at your own pace with our entertaining audio tour guide.

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(57 reviews)

Brilliant adventure through the forest. The guide was so lovely and knew a lot about the area. We were picked up on time and kitted out when we arrived. The most appealing part was the wildness of it all and it not being a commercial environment. It is a beautiful walk through snowy woodland. Hot chocolate and Taffy were delicious and a lovely touch. Easy to master the snow shoes ! I would perhaps say it was a little more up hill in part than I was expecting but I managed okay. Totally recommend this trip !!

My guide Eli was chock full of interesting information about the area; both wildlife and other nature. I had such a nice time learning about things and enjoying nature. We had some extra time and were able to stop at Marble Canyon. wow!! Thanks so much an informative and fun afternoon. The hot chocolate and maple cookies were a nice treat too!

Snowshoeing in the paintpots was a great afternoon out. Bastian was a great guide and was easy to chat with very knowledgeable and allowed us to lead and make my own path. This was fun and I would do it again

This was a great trail/loop for beginners. Our instructor Jeff was great!!!

Tommy was super nice and a great tour guide ever!!! He is the best!