Tunnel Mountain Drive Tours
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Banff’s Buffalo Street transforms into the picturesque Tunnel Mountain Drive at Surprise Corner. It provides a view most visitors know before they’ve even seen it, as the area looks out on Banff’s most famous landmark, the historic Banff Springs Hotel, which has been featured in countless photos. The rest of the driving loop is equally beautiful with panoramic views of Bow Valley as it winds through pristine fir and pine forests. Even though Tunnel Mountain Drive is on the edge of Banff’s town limits, it’s common to see both elk and deer along the route. It’s also possible (especially in the spring and fall) to spot a black or grizzly bear in the area.
Whether jumping out of the car to explore Banff’s hoodoos (impressive geological formations) or to climb to the summit of Tunnel Mountain, the immense beauty of the Canadian Rockies is never far away. It’s even possible to spend the night in the mountain wilderness while remaining within walking distance of downtown. Hotels, cabin rentals, a youth hostel and several campgrounds lie along Tunnel Mountain Drive and most are only a little over a mile from town.
Beginning on Banff’s Main Street, Tunnel Mountain Drive is a three-mile, easy-to-follow scenic drive.
Address: Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Tunnel Mountain Drive
Get a quick immersion in the stunning environment surrounding the city of Banff on this tour. Discover natural attractions like the hoodoos, strange rock pillars twisted by millions of years of wind, and take in fantastic views on a Banff Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain. You can also upgrade to include a cruise on placid Lake Minnewanka. This Banff sightseeing tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
'Discover the Rockies' package includes: Two walking tours Your phone becomes your tour guide as you explore Banff & Canmore with two self-guided audio walking tours! Each with 30 fully narrated points of interest. Driving tour Listen to a tour guide as you drive between Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Nakiska! Over 50 points of interest. Freedom No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle / group. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
Your phone becomes your tour guide as you explore Banff with a self-guided audio walking tour. We'll show you, and tell you all about the sights and sounds of this iconic mountain town! Just walk and listen to the tour, or stop and play the trivia challenge game at each POI. Live GPS map show where you are and where to go next! No data used during tour. Freedom Explore at your own pace with knowledgeable & entertaining tour guides for a fraction of what a live tour would cost! Easy As you walk close to a point of interest, the audio will automatically play from your device. No data used during tour (d/l on WIFI before). Navigate Each tour has a pre-set route with a live GPS map. Easily navigate to the next tour stop and explore as much as you like. Booking Options The number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour to. Starbucks To meet the minimum price for this booking service, we're including a $5 Starbucks e-card.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Tunnel Mountain Drive hours of operation?
Tunnel Mountain Drive hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Tunnel Mountain Drive?
The best ways to experience Tunnel Mountain Drive are:
- Banff City Sightseeing Tour - Roundtrip from Banff
- Self-Guided Audio Tours Discover the Rockies Package
- Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour of Banff Avenue & Central Park
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