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Surprise Corner Viewpoint, Banff

Surprise Corner Viewpoint, Banff: Our most recommended tours and activities

Banff: Highlights and Wildlife Group Tour

1. Banff: Highlights and Wildlife Group Tour

Experience many of Banff's highlights on this tour with a focus on viewing wildlife in their natural environment. Enjoy guaranteed visits to Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos Viewpoint, and Mt. Norquay Viewpoint. Start your wildlife adventure with pickup from select locations in Banff. Enjoy an itinerary carefully tailored by your expert local guide based on each day’s recent wildlife sightings and weather conditions. In addition to the sites mentioned above, you can also expect visits to some of the following locations: Vermilion Lakes, Cave and Basin, Marsh Loop, Tunnel Mountain, and some local secret spots. Learn all about the area from your guide along the way. Get your cameras ready and keep your eyes peeled as you travel through wildlife corridors and seek out bears, elk, deer, coyotes, foxes, bighorn sheep, and more.

From Calgary: Banff National Park Premium Day Tour

2. From Calgary: Banff National Park Premium Day Tour

Embark on an exclusive journey into Banff National Park from Calgary's downtown, enveloped in comfort. Explore the Rockies as your expert guide leads the way, uncovering major attractions and hidden gems while maximizing opportunities for wildlife encounters. The expedition commences amidst Calgary's vibrant heart, setting forth on a winter wonderland experience at Johnston Canyon (from October to June). Admire the icy spectacle of frozen waterfalls, a picturesque scene offering an enthralling fusion of nature's artistry and rugged canyon vistas. In the warmer months (from June to October), the journey leads to the iconic Moraine Lake, where its azure waters reflect the majesty of the Ten Peaks, inviting serene moments amidst stunning mountain vistas. Traverse the radiant landscapes to the enchanting Lake Louise, where the glistening turquoise waters and Victoria Glacier serve as a breathtaking backdrop. Then, delve into Banff Town's charm, a vibrant mosaic of culture and modern delights. Capture the essence of nature's symphony at Bow Falls, witnessing the cascading waters or intricate ice formations, harmonizing with the majestic mountains. The vista at Surprise Corner offers an unexpected panoramic embrace of Fairmont Banff springs and soaring peaks. The picturesque destination of Lake Minnewanka becomes a highlight during summer months, replacing Bow Falls and Surprise Corner on the itinerary. Its crystal-clear waters mirror the breathtaking landscape, framed by towering peaks. Return back to Calgary with hearts filled with laughter, tales, and cherished memories. Your extraordinary adventure awaits.

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake: Small-Group Day Tour

3. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake: Small-Group Day Tour

Join your guide as they take you from Calgary, Canmore, or Banff to Banff National Park with unrivalled comfort. Let your guide be an expert who will personally take you to the major attractions while revealing even some hidden gems, making the journey more fun and increasing the chances of seeing wild animals. Our first stop will be winter wonderland "Johnston Canyon" (operating between October 15th to January 1st). You will experience the unique ice-walk experience here. Ice cleats are provided and your guides will hike with you to the magnificent "Frozen Lower Falls". After that, we will visit the gorgeous "Lake Louise". There will be so many things to do here such as walking around the lake, hiking, renting a canoe, ice skating and much more. We will also show you the best spots for taking amazing pictures. "Moraine Lake" will be the star of show (operating between June 1st to October 15th). The road is closed to public since last year. But no worries, we have special licence to visit here. So you will have privilege to see the most beautiful lake in Canada with us. We will Stop for a lunch break in a pretty mountain town called "Banff". There will be so many different restaurant options and your experienced guides will give you the best hints. Stop at "Bow falls" and "Suprise Corner" and take amazing photos.

Banff National Park: Self-Guided Scenic Driving Tour

4. Banff National Park: Self-Guided Scenic Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 22+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Banff Townsite in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins in the heart of the Banff Townsite. From there, you'll meander along the Bow River towards the mighty Bow Falls, a natural spectacle you won’t want to miss. Next, you'll head towards the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as the "Castle in the Rockies." Learn about its rich history, spanning over a century, and how it became a symbol of Banff National Park. From there, take a leisurely drive against the stunning backdrop of Cascade Mountain before reaching the shores of Lake Minnewanka. Here, you’ll uncover legends of this lake both ancient and contemporary. Next, pass the abandoned mining site of Bankhead while you make your way toward Mount Norquay. Finally, you’ll drive up a gorgeous mountain road to the Mount Norquay Lookout, where hiking trails and dining options await you. Your tour concludes here.

From Banff: Banff National Park Guided Day Tour

5. From Banff: Banff National Park Guided Day Tour

Explore Banff National Park on a guided day tour and discover some of the most spectacular viewpoints and scenic vistas. Discover some of the most popular areas of the park as well as a variety of lesser-known viewpoints and natural landmarks with the expertise of your guide. Meet in central Banff and set off on a full day of exploration in Banff National Park. Visit Johnston Canyon and discover a popular hiking trail that follows the canyon and leads to a meadow within the Johnston Valley above. Admire the Ink Pots, which are six blue-green spring-fed pools. Then, head to Vermilion Lakes, located immediately west of Banff in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Bow River valley at the foot of Mount Norquay. Keep an eye out for native wildlife and take in the breathtaking scenery. Head to the Cascades of Time Garden which spreads out behind Banff National Park's historic administration building at 101 Mountain Ave. Discover a geological sequence of cascading ponds and water courses provide the garden’s namesake and is highlighted with flowers, shrubs, rustic bridges, pavilions and flagged walks. You will also take some time to explore the beautiful town of Banff which is well known as the heart of Banff National Park. You can also take the Sulphur Gondola and discover sweeping scenes of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, and the town from the Sulphur Mountain summit. Stop at Bow Falls which rumble about 30 feet over a low-gradient pitch of channeled bedrock, providing a short turbulent interrupt of the cerulean waters of the Bow River. Visit Surprise Corner which is named for its spectacular views when viewed from Buffalo Street, an excellent place for photos. At the end of your tour, return to Banff with drop-off in the center of town. Note: The guardians are required to provide the car seats or boosters if you have any infants or young kids based on the transportation regulation and this tour won't provide any car seats or boosters.

Banff: Private Banff National Park Tour with Hotel Transfers

6. Banff: Private Banff National Park Tour with Hotel Transfers

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 Banff hotel locations. • 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.

From Calgary: Banff National Park Highlights Day Trip

7. From Calgary: Banff National Park Highlights Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Banff National Park on a guided day trip from Calgary. Admire the picturesque locations of Suprise Corner, Bow Falls, Sulphur Mountain, and the charming town of Banff, with a variety of optional activities available to purchase on the day. Depart from Calgary, and first head to Surprise Corner, named after its spectacular views of the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that is cozily nestled at the heart of a dense forest with the imposing Sulphur Mountain as a backdrop. Travel next to a must-see scenic spot at Bow Falls, where you can hear the roaring waters cascade across a wide portion of the Bow River. Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. See the 3-minute “Above Banff” experience that allows you to explore Banff through an eagle-eye perspective with stunning sound effects, advanced visual film processing technology, and 3D effects. Take a break to purchase some lunch before heading to the town of Banff. Take some free time to explore the town, embark on a Winter Sleigh Ride (Currently not accepting bookings for the sleigh due to inadequate snow coverage) , or relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Finally, relax on the return journey back to Calgary.

In-Depth Banff Area & Canyon Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

8. In-Depth Banff Area & Canyon Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Start your journey to Famous Canadian Rockies from Calgary and you will visit the Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. It is Canada's inaugural National Park, a pristine expanse of natural beauty and ecological significance. It holds a distinguished status as one of the world's premier destination spots. This protected haven captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a harmonious blend of mountains, lakes, and forests, making it a must-visit for those seeking unparalleled beauty and a deep connection with nature. 【Banff Sulphur Mt】(Gondola Admission is Optional with extra cost) Ascend to the summit of the mountain with the Banff Sulphur Mt Gondola, where you'll be treated to an immersive experience of a 360-degree panoramic view of Banff. This elevated perspective unveils the breathtaking landscapes, encompassing the picturesque town, majestic mountains, and the surrounding natural beauty, creating a memorable vista that captures the essence of Banff's awe-inspiring charm. (approx. 90 mins) 【Banff Town】 Explore the largest town among National towns – Banff Town. Discover a variety of shops and restaurants, each corner offering unique finds and culinary delights for your exploration. (approx. 90 mins) 【Johnston Canyon】 Distinguished for its captivating allure, boasts a year-round walking trail, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in its natural wonders regardless of the season. Whether blanketed in snow or adorned with vibrant foliage, this scenic pathway provides an ever-changing backdrop, inviting exploration and offering a continuous spectacle of the canyon's breathtaking beauty throughout the entire year. (approx. 60 mins) **Free Crampon are provided for Winter itinerary (Nov to mid-Apr)** 【Bow Falls】 Served as the filming location for the 1960s classic "The River of No Return." This iconic site not only showcases the natural beauty immortalized on the silver screen but also invites visitors to step into the scenes of this cinematic masterpiece. (approx. 15 mins) 【Surprise Corner】 A vantage point where the lens captures the essence of history and elegance, hosting numerous iconic images of the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This location offers an unparalleled view, framing the majestic hotel against the backdrop of the breathtaking Banff landscape. Renowned for its picturesque setting, photographers and visitors alike are drawn to this spot, seeking to immortalize the timeless charm and grandeur of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in a series of captivating and widely celebrated photographs. (approx. 15 mins) 【Hoodoos】 Hoodoos are striking formations formed by erosion on sedimentary rock. Resilient layers shield softer sediment, shaping needle or tower-like structures—a testament to nature's dynamic forces and the Earth's ever-evolving geological narrative. (approx. 15 mins)

From Calgary: Banff National Park Van Tour

9. From Calgary: Banff National Park Van Tour

Head out of Calgary and let your guide and driver bring you to Banff National Park. One there, discover the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Louise, surrounded by majestic peaks and dense pine forests. Visit the frozen lake in winter, and see Bow Falls and the Banff Viewpoint, as well as the Rocky Mountains. As you approach Lake Louise, notice the vivid color of the water. The lake's brilliant turquoise hue comes from the fine rock flour carried into the lake by the glacial meltwater. The color is so vibrant and surreal that it almost looks like something out of a fairytale. In the winter, Lake Louise transforms into a winter wonderland. The frozen lake becomes a popular spot for ice skating, while the surrounding mountains offer opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Next, visit Bow Falls, situated just a short distance from the vibrant town of Banff. The viewing platforms offer the perfect vantage point to observe the falls in all their glory. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll, embarking on a photography expedition, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, Bow Falls delivers an experience that's both invigorating and contemplative. Continue to the Banff Viewpoint, also known as the Banff Viewpoint Overlook or Banff Lookout, which is a must-visit location for anyone exploring the stunning Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. This viewpoint offers an unparalleled opportunity to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies and the charming town of Banff itself. After having your fill of stunning nature, sit back and relax on your drive back to your starting point in Calgary.

From Calgary: Private Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

10. From Calgary: Private Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the Lake Louise, Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start your trip from your Hotel/Home in Calgary (7:00 am) • Then will head to Lake Louise. (30 Mins) • Banff Town: The Biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants await your discovery. (Stop here for 2 Hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 15 mins) • Surprise Corner: (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5 pm.

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Kasondra made the tour very worthwhile with her knowledge of the eco-system and her explanations of many aspects of our tour. She was very friendly and made everyone feel welcomed and valued. As for the tour, walking on a frozen Lake Louise was amazing, the walk through Johnston Canyon was excellent (thanks for the spiked shoe attachments!), and the views of the mountains from all different angles were stunningly beautiful. Thanks for a memorable trip!

Tito was an amazing tourguide, friendly and very accomodating. I really enjoyed the comfy car ride (excellent vehicle!), it was equipped with USB-C & regular USB ports for charging, bottled water and ample room for stretching legs. I particularly enjoyed the commentary on the way to Banff national park, I learned cool things about Calgary as well! Overall, this was very good value and I would book again.

Really enjoyed the day trip with stunning winter views and hiking across frozen lake Louise! Tito was super friendly and helpful with photos, knowledge and also took us to a couple of ‘surprise spots’ because we were making good time. 10/10 for the play list and for the calming serene views!

The best! It was the best tour I participated in. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and he had a lot of good information about the history of Banff, and places to visit, and he was high spirits. This tour was really worth it. Thank you very much. ❤️

It was really nice, with good guide, interesting information and amazing nature!