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Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

1. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. With your phone or tablet as your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the famous Columbia Icefields and the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center. See the majestic Dolomite and Bow Peaks, Mount Amery, Mount Murchison, and Mount Wilson. Take in the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls where the water flows from the melting Athabasca Glacier. Hear about the people and events that made the area famous like Mary Shaffer Warren, Bill Peyto, George Simpson, and the Palliser Expedition. Easily navigate your tour and enjoy entertainment suitable for all ages. Stay laughing and engaged with your friends or family along the way with trivia fun. Hear fun audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. Try out multiple-choice trivia questions about the sights at each point of interest you pass. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring.

Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

2. Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

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.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

3. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

From Calgary: Banff & Yoho National Parks Private Day Tour

4. From Calgary: Banff & Yoho National Parks Private Day Tour

The best of two national parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountain both Banff National Park and Yoho National Park — including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge, and the towering Takakkaw Falls, on this full day of private sightseeing tour. Discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with so much time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, you won't be rushed to enjoy every moment of the places, Exclusive just for your group means no more waiting for others and we can explore more of the less touristy part of the area. Leaving from Calgary, Canmore, and Banff the tour is a private experience so you don't have to feel rushed at any stops. The first stop will be at the Most Beautiful Place on Earth: British Columbia, Yoho National Park's Emerald Lake, and Natural Bridge spend time taking photos and recording the white noise of the flowing stream of water, then continue to drive to the Yoho Valley to see the towering Takakkaw Falls. Going back to Alberta's Banff National Park, we will stop to see the World's Famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. We will have a chance to visit the Town of Banff to end the trip before heading back to your Hotel or Airbnb.

Banff: Go Chasing Waterfalls in Banff & Yoho National Parks

5. Banff: Go Chasing Waterfalls 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.

[Winter]Marble Canyon, LakeLouise, Emerald Lake Full DayTour

6. [Winter]Marble Canyon, LakeLouise, Emerald Lake Full DayTour

Pick-up location and time 【NE Calgary】Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel @8:00 AM 【Downtown】Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel @8:15 AM 【Canmore】Travel Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Center @9:20 AM 【Banff Town】Elk + Avenue Hotel @9:45AM In the morning, we will pass by the well-defined [Castle Mountain]. It is a famous mountain in the Rocky Mountains between Banff and Lake Louise and is the Trans-Canada Highway. An impressive road sign. Don’t let the scenery along the way pass you by, it will bring you another unparalleled scenery. [Marble Canyon] There are 7 bridges in Marble Canyon that you can hike on in winter, walking in a zigzag pattern on the deep limestone canyon and the winding creek below. The canyon is the junction of Tocum Creek and Suzaku River. Fossils of Cambrian soft-bodied creatures millions of years ago were found here, which is quite magnificent. 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 and refreshing pools are impressive. In the afternoon, the trip continues to explore another fairy tale secret in the Rocky Mountains: [Lake Louise], backed by the [Victoria Glacier], from January to April every year (according to the official opening hours), the grand [Ice Magic] is launched here. Artists and ice sculpture enthusiasts gather here to build a beautiful fairy tale world. The [Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise] located on the lakeside looks like a painting, with glacial lakes complementing each other. Complimentary Activity: Snowshoeing (Free) (this activity is subject to weather and lake freezing conditions) Borrow snowshoes to step in the soft snow and have fun! **This activity depends on the weather and the icing conditions of the lake. Winter only.** Recommended activities for enriching the trip in the Lake Louise area (Choose max. 1 activity): 1. The world-famous Fairmont Chateau Afternoon Tea (additional fees) - Enjoy charming pastries, tea sandwiches, and tasty desserts while capturing snowy white fairytale-like Lake Louise. 2. Enjoy a Horse Sleigh Ride (additional fees) (Winter only) - A Classic way for the whole family to ride on the shores of Lake Louise. (Currently not accepting bookings for the sleigh due to inadequate snow coverage) After lunch, 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, 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. Drop off location: Banff/ Canmore/ Calgary

Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

7. Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you to not-to-be-missed places of interest across Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper, along with fascinating stories, tips and directions. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. The Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks are such an amazing place where the scenery is often almost too good to be true. The National Parks are spread over hundreds of miles, each area with its own rewarding features, attractions and wildlife. Includes: Lake Louise and Yoho (Full Day) Lake Louise is one of the most famous of all the photos to take in the Rockies, with the beautifully coloured lake backdropped by massive, glacier-draped peaks. Moraine Lake is easily as stunning, with 10 peaks surrounding the lake. Be sure to read the information about pre-planning required to visit Moraine Lake. Yoho is the National Park that continues directly west of Lake Louise. Major attractions include Takakkaw Falls, a mighty glacier-fed cascade is the biggest in the Rockies, the serene Emerald Lake, and the Natural Bridge - an awesome display of the power of water. Also make a stop at the Spiral Tunnels to witness some manmade ingenuity. Commentary fills the portion of the drive between Lake Louise and Banff, with Johnston Canyon the most popular stop, and it's your choice whether to drive on the fast Hwy 1, or the slower, scenic 1A - Bow Valley Parkway. Icefields Parkway (Long Full Day) Without any doubt, this is the most scenic drive in the National Parks and has been voted the World's Most Beautiful Mountain Drive. Glaciers that practically touch the road, brilliant blue lakes, and thundering waterfalls dominate the route. And this drive is usually rich with wildlife. Take a full day to enjoy all the stops if driving one way between Banff or Lake Louise and Jasper, or reverse. It is also common to drive from Banff/Lake Louise to the Icefields Centre and then return as a day trip. Jasper (1-2 Days) With wider valleys between its mighty mountain ranges, and a touch lower elevation, Jasper is an ideal environment for wildlife. Drive the loop that visits the pretty lakes that sit on a benchland above the town, effortlessly climb Whistlers Mountain on the TramWay and even share the view with some big horn sheep on Old Fort Point, all close to the town. Then venture further out to the Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, the location of the famous Spirit Island cruise. And be sure to soak in the Rockies' hottest springs at Miette. Around Town of Banff (Half- Full Day) There are about a dozen surprisingly impressive things to do around the town of Banff, none more than 20 minutes away. Join the tour loop and follow from place to place with frequent stops for incredible views, waterfalls, mountain lakes and often lucky wildlife spotting locations. Complete the loop with short stops in just a few hours, or plan to spend a day with extended visits to ride the Banff Gondola, cruise on Lake Minnewanka, paddle a rented canoe, or relax on a guided float trip.

Kicking Horse River: Rafting Trip with BBQ

8. Kicking Horse River: Rafting Trip with BBQ

Set off on the famous Kicking Horse River for a genuine Rocky Mountain whitewater rafting experience. The 5-hour trip (2.5-hours on the river) combines all the best the river has to offer: bouncy and splashy waves, calm and scenic float sections, and big whitewater rapids.  Check in at the local partner's base, conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1, and change into your top-of-the-line gear, which is provided. Transfer then to the rafting start point and, following a thorough safety briefing, it will be time to get on the river. Begin on the upper, more gentle, scenic section of the Yoho National Park. For approximately 1-hour, enjoy splashing through the waves as you warm up for the more intense sections downstream. The second half of the trip, taking approximately 1.5 hours, is made up of 14 sets of rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4+. Expect to get soaked during this section! After rafting, transfer back to the base to enjoy the warmth of the DayLodge and heated change rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch.

Yoho National Park: Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

9. Yoho National Park: Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour begins in the town of Lake Louise. From here, you’ll head toward the Yoho National Park entrance and hear about one of the most colorful figures from its history: Tom Wilson. Next, why not snap a selfie beside the Now Entering British Columbia Sign, which just so happens to sit directly on the Great Continental Divide! As you cruise through the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass, you’ll find out how it got its unusual name. After that, you’ll admire the serene Wapta Lake and have the option of trekking to the secluded and picturesque Sherbrooke Lake. Take in views of Cathedral and Mount Stephen as you drive, which stand as sentinels, guarding tales of time past. Stop for photos at the Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, which offers a testament to human engineering amidst nature’s grandeur. Then you’ll cruise toward a towering waterfall known as Takakkaw Falls, hearing about elusive mountain peaks, sprawling icefields, and terrifying avalanches along the way. Returning from Takakkaw Falls, you’ll delve into the discoveries of Charles Doolittle Walcott and the world-renowned Burgess Shale, which changed scientists’ understanding of the world forever. After hearing more about how this happened, you’ll pay a visit to the Natural Bridge – nature's own architectural masterpiece. At last, you’ll arrive at Emerald Lake, the perfect spot to rest after an exciting journey. Your tour concludes here.

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What people are saying about Takakkaw Falls

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4.3 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This was pretty nifty, informative and the trivia was a lot of fun along the entire drive. The activity pointed out many interesting points that we never thought about before. We have been on this route many times before, and found so much we had missed along those trips while using this activity!!! We will be sure to try another activity on a next travelling journey.

Absolutely recommend. Every suggested stop was just amazing. Good App which plays the correct piece based on the current location too. Quizzes not always great, but fun.

We used an audio tour of Icefields Parkway. What a great way to know what we're seeing, to know where to stop.

Really informative and made the car journey even more impressive- would definitely recommend

We had a great time . The driver (Amman) knows the places well. Highly recommended