Banff Tours, Banff National Park

Activities & Tours in Banff

Beautiful Banff National Park lies in the majestic Canadian Rockies. First established in 1885, it is Canada’s oldest national park, spanning 6,641 square km (2,564 square miles) of protected terrain and encompassing picturesque mountains, glaciers, meadows, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs and a wide array of stunning wild life. Nestled in between Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain, Mount Norquay, Sulphur Mountain, and Tunnel Mountain, the town of Banff Alberta offers attractions, festivals, arts, outdoor adventure and so much more.

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Attraction Tickets

Attraction Tickets

Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges. Enjoy a unique mountain-top dining experience at the summit of the Banff Gondola. Take a magnificent interpretive cruise on Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park. Venture out onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield.

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Attraction Value Packages

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Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity onboard a specially designed Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield. Relax with a Banff Lake Cruise and discover some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Rockies. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff and the Bow Valley in a breathtaking journey to the top of Sulphur Mountain at the Banff Gondola. Experience the thrill of the Glacier Skywalk, suspended 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley.

Explore Rockies Tours

Explore Rockies Tours

For many decades the interest of visitors was based around finding a route to the Pacific Ocean. It was not until the Canadian Pacific Railway pushed through these peaks that people came to stay. Enjoy our stories of the people, geology, and creation of these mountain towns. Experience the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roadways in Canada, and one of the most spectacular mountain highways in the world.

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

What better way to experience the towering peaks and unrivalled beauty of Western Canada than by experiencing the wonders of the Canadian Rockies while 'flying' atop glaciers and valleys. Whether you fancy heli-hiking, ice-walking or simply an exhilarating ride there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

Horseback Trail and Wagon Trips

Horseback Trail and Wagon Trips

Spend a few hours, or a full day enjoying the sights in and around Banff in true Western style guided by a cowboy guide. Explore the trails around Banff townsite by horseback or in the comfort of a covered wagon. From leisurely sightseeing rides to evening steak-frys, this unique experience is a 'must-do' while in the Rockies.

Other Activities

Other Activities

Explore the many museums and attractions that Banff has to offer year round. Experience the culture and history of Banff National Park at the newly renovated Cave and Basin; after a long day of exploring why not relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs; or enjoy the excitement at a dinner show.

Whitewater Rafting and Float Trips

Whitewater Rafting and Float Trips

Rafting and Float Trips are among the best ways to experience the excitement and natural wonders of Banff National Park. Relax on a leisurely float trip down the Bow River for some spectacular scenery, or take an exhilarating ride on some more advanced rapids that are common to the area.

Winter Tours

Winter Tours

Looking for the best Canadian Rockies activities to do this winter? These winter tours are perfect with everything from hockey games, tubing down a mountain side to mushing your own dogsled team. Winter in Banff National Park is a fantastic way to experience what Canada has to offer during this enchanting season!

In 1883, Sulphur Mountain’s hot springs were discovered by three Canadian Pacific railway workers and its popularity quickly grew with the establishment of the castle-like Banff Springs Hotel by William Cornelius Van Horne.  Van Horne, the railroad's president, was the one who stated "Since I can't export the scenery; I'll import the tourists.” Other characteristic buildings erected soon after included the centrally located Mount Royal Hotel, downtown Banff. In the spirit of discovering and protecting the area, numerous tours also began being offered by the local Brewster brothers.

Today, the town of Banff is less than 4 sq kilometres and located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a protected area that embodies a natural, serene yet dynamic way of life. Development is carefully managed within the existing footprint of the townsite.

The summer season sees approx 3 million visitors to the area. However, winter is low season and ski vacations in Banff are very popular with three ski resorts nearby; Ski Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski resort just a short drive from hotels.

Nearby Tunnel Mountain is very popular for quick hikes; named Tunnel Mountain because surveyors initially wanted to make a tunnel for the Trans-Canada (Canadian Pacific) Railroad right through the mountain.

 


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