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71 Banff Outdoor Activities | All Banff Tours

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1 Hour Bow River RideNature and Wildlife

1 Hour Bow River Ride

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Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. Get out of the car and onto the trails of the Bow River or the Spray River and enjoy the area’s beautiful outdoor environment, largely unchanged from the days of the pioneers. This equine-themed odyssey includes a guide, use of a horse, and all necessary equipment.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures

Evening Wildlife SafariNature and Wildlife

Evening Wildlife Safari

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Join an animal-spotting bus tour in Banff National Park, observing the park’s amazing wildlife at dusk on this 2-hour, small-group tour that’s perfect for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy Banff’s beautiful landscapes in the evening searching for elk, deer, bears and more because each tour has a 95% success rate of viewing animals in their natural environment. You'll also hear about the park's efforts to protect animals and their habitat from your expert guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures

2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding AdventureNature and Wildlife

2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding Adventure

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Saddle up and head out on the Rocky Mountain trails in Banff National Park. Explore the area by horseback with your cowboy guide to see the area in a way you can only experience from on the back of a horse. With a guide in the lead and a guide bringing up the rear, your ride will be a safe, fun adventure in the wilderness.  
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Banff Gondola Ride AdmissionAttraction Tickets

Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion during this round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Take in views of six different mountain ranges and nearby rivers aboard your state-of-the-art alpine transport, offering large windows and seating for four guests. Enjoy time exploring the ridge line boardwalk before returning back to town.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from BanffDay Trips

Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Banff National Park Guided Hike with LunchHiking

Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

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Choose from among four of Banff National Park’s most iconic trails on this 7-hour guided hiking tour with packed lunch. Pick the perfect walk for your level of ability and experience, varying from 4.5 miles (7km) to 6.6 miles (10.6km) in length, with spectacular mountain scenery no matter which option you select. The trip’s four options include explorations of Larch Valley, Stanley Glacier, Consolation Lakes or the Plain of Six Glaciers.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine LakeNature and Wildlife

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

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Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this guided tour from Banff. Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. Gain insight into the area’s mountaineering history, admire views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and leave with plenty of frame-worthy photos. Round-trip transportation is included on this small-group tour. Don’t miss this seasonal tour that operates from April to November.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Experience Rock ClimbingClimbing

Experience Rock Climbing

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The Rock Experience program is designed to offer a unique rock climbing experience to people of all abilities. Our guides are incredible instructors, skilled climbers, and fun to be around. They are certified to the highest standards in the industry by the ACMG/IFMGA. For beginners, the guides will review all of the basic safety systems and demonstrate proper climbing technique. For guests with intermediate climbing skills, the guides will work on advanced movement skills and other rope techniques such as rappelling. For guests with advanced climbing skills, the guides will offer expert level instruction to keep you engaged - be prepared for steep climbing technique lessons, mock leading, building anchors and rigging rappel systems.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By HorsebackNature and Wildlife

3-Day Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge By Horseback

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Explore the backcountry of the popular Banff National Park like few other travelers do, on a three-day, small-group horseback trip. Spot elk, deer, and moose while following the glacier-fed Bow River, with the towering Rocky Mountains all around. Relax in comfort at the Sundance Lodge at night, after huddling around a cozy campfire and swapping stories with your fellow riders. Enjoy both nature and comfort on this tour.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in BanffNature and Wildlife

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Banff

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Take a charming horse-driven sleigh ride through the snow-covered meadows of Banff during this rustic 40-minute tour. Cozy up under a wool blanket with family, friends, or a loved one as your friendly driver whisks you away on a sightseeing tour of the area’s stunning mountain peaks.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 40 minutes
  • Taking safety measures

Lake Minnewanka CruiseDay Cruises

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

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Few places in Alberta offer the postcard beauty of Lake Minnewanka, part of Banff National Park. Admire views of the Canadian Rockies and prairies as you cruise across the turquoise-hued lake and over to Devil’s Gap during this boat tour. Scan the lakeshore for big-horned sheep, deer, bald eagles, and even the occasional bear. Along the way, learn about the indigenous people who used to call the surrounding area their home. A perfect excursion for nature lovers and families alike.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures

2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by HorsebackNature and Wildlife

2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback

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Live like a rancher riding through the wilderness during this one-night, two-day guided horseback riding excursion that includes accommodation at a lodge. Saddle-up for a backcountry ride along a trail in view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and around the Bow River fed by glacial waters. At the lodge, enjoy wine and dinner and sit by a fire before turning in. Ride confidently back to Banff on day two.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures

Banff Performance Ski Rental Including DeliveryWinter Sports Rentals

Banff Performance Ski Rental Including Delivery

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Nestled below the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff is widely considered among the finest ski resorts in Canada—and the equipment rental queues can be long. With this ski, pole, and boot hire service—geared toward learner skiers—order your kit in advance and beat the queues. Reach the slopes faster with in-house fitting at your accommodation, and relax with slope-side servicing included.
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation

Discover Grizzly Bears from BanffDay Trips

Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

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Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride up to 7,700 feet for a mountain-top lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat to see Boo the resident bear rescued as a cub. This full-day trip also includes round-trip transportation, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
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Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride in Banff with Western CookoutDining Experiences

Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride in Banff with Western Cookout

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Saddle up for a ride along the Bow River in Banff and a Western style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain. At the dining site, spend some time perfecting your roping skills or relaxing with a game of horseshoes before “tucking in”--that’s cowboy speak for “eating”—a yummy BBQ meal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with TransportHalf-day Tours

Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport

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Enjoy an introduction to the fun of whitewater rafting on an idyllic stretch of the Kananaskis River during this afternoon excursion that’s perfect for families and groups. During your rafting trip along the pristine waterways of the Kananaskis River, scout for local wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the Canadian wilderness. This tour includes optional pickup from select hotels in Banff and Canmore, an experienced river guide, all equipment, and a free digital photo of your rafting adventure.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Summer Tour: Banff and its WildlifeNature and Wildlife

Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Explore the historic landmarks and natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. This guided tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff, a professional guide, and light refreshments.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
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Johnston Canyon Evening IcewalkNature and Wildlife

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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Discover one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking trails at night, without the fear of getting lost, during this small-group tour. Equipped with a headlight, explore Johnston Canyon with a guide leading the way, and marvel at shimmering frozen waterfalls and hike along a suspended catwalk. Then, take a break to warm up mid-route with hot chocolate and maple cookies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble CanyonNature and Wildlife

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

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Immerse yourself in Canada's stunning winter landscape on a 4-hour snowshoe tour from Banff to Kootenay National Park. Follow your guide through Marble Canyon and keep your eyes peeled for moose and wolf tracks. The 2-mile (3km) route is along mostly flat terrain and perfect for first time snowshoers. You also enjoy a hot chocolate break with the opportunity to make your own maple taffy in the snow.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Banff Performance Snowboard Rental Including DeliveryWinter Sports Rentals

Banff Performance Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

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Dominated by the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, Banff ranks among the most popular ski resorts in Canada—and the equipment rental queues can be long. With this snowboard and boot hire service—geared toward beginner boarders—order your kit in advance and reach the slopes faster. With fitting at your accommodation plus slope-side servicing included, you can hit the snow knowing your rental equipment is covered.
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 to 14 days
  • Free Cancellation

Winter Tour: Discover Lake LouiseDay Trips

Winter Tour: Discover Lake Louise

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Widely considered the Banff National Park’s top attraction, Lake Louise is transformed in winter into a snowy wonderland—but booking transportation to reach it independently from Banff is time-consuming. This hassle-free transfer service includes round-trip travel from central Banff, with interpretive commentary from your guide along the way. Enjoy free time to explore Lake Louise at leisure, with snow-shoes and warming refreshments included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes

Winter Tour: Banff and Its WildlifeNature and Wildlife

Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

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Take an unexpected winter excursion through the landscape of Banff as you search for the park’s famous wildlife on this tour. Head out on a nature-spotting tour to observe animals and learn about their ability to survive the cold winter months. Your morning tour includes round-trip transportation, a professional guide, a light snack and hot chocolate.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With LunchHiking

Glacier Lakes and Peaks With Lunch

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Explore the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this all-day small-group guided tour of Banff National Park. The day includes short hikes with a naturalist guide that offer views of the Rockies and the local wildlife. Plus, enjoy a picturesque chairlift ride at Lake Louise.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Banff Private Walking ToursHiking

Banff Private Walking Tours

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Skip the crowded tours and enjoy a more intimate view of Banff with this private and personalized walking tour. In the company of just your party (up to 10 people) and a guide, explore Banff at your own pace and discover such places as Cascade Gardens and the Bow River Trail.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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