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Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife provided by Discover Banff Tours

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Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife
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About
Experience the beauty of Banff National Park in the winter from the comfort of a coach. You won’t believe the pictures you can snap as you discover the Rocky Mountain park under the cover of snow. Frozen waterfalls, ice on a mountain lake, hardy Canadian wildlife, and a castle in the snow are all waiting to reveal their icy beauty to you.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Visit some of the most popular Alberta Rocky Mountain spots in the winter
  • Local guides know the best viewpoints and places to spot wildlife
  • Let an experienced driver navigate the winter mountain roads
  • Finish the tour with free hot chocolate and a light snack
What to expect
  • The winter sun rise in Banff National Park is the perfect time to see wildlife and set out on a wildlife tour. Head out on an adventure to spot elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Along the way, stop at Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel called the “castle in the Rockies,” hoodoos, and Bow Valley lookout. Learn about the history and geology of the area, as well as the special adaptations the mountain animals have made to survive life in the tough Canadian winters. Finish the tour with a cup of hot chocolate and a light snack and drop-off at your original meeting point.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Visit some of the most popular Alberta Rocky Mountain spots in the winter
  • Local guides know the best viewpoints and places to spot wildlife
  • Let an experienced driver navigate the winter mountain roads
  • Finish the tour with free hot chocolate and a light snack
What to expect
  • The winter sun rise in Banff National Park is the perfect time to see wildlife and set out on a wildlife tour. Head out on an adventure to spot elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Along the way, stop at Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel called the “castle in the Rockies,” hoodoos, and Bow Valley lookout. Learn about the history and geology of the area, as well as the special adaptations the mountain animals have made to survive life in the tough Canadian winters. Finish the tour with a cup of hot chocolate and a light snack and drop-off at your original meeting point.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3827DB_W
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Nov 2021
A note from Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife
As per the order of the Government of Alberta due to the Covid 19 pandemic, guests over the age of 12 years old will need to produce government proof of vaccination at check in time for their tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mount Royal Hotel
    138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada
    All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Lake Minnewanka
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Bow Falls
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Surprise Corner
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Hoodoos Trail
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Niranjan Subramanian
Chennai (Madras), India65 contributions
Loved this tour
Jan 2020
This was an amazing tour, I just loved each bit of scenery I saw throughout this tour. Our guide Denise/DJ was simply great and gave a lot of insights about the Banff National park, she was very friendly too. Hot chocolate was amazing and also the maple cream cookies ;). I absolutely recommend this tour to get a feel of Banff in winter.
Written 5 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sharni
13 contributions
Wild life tour
Mar 2020 • Couples
My fiancé and I just jumped off the Banff wildlife tour. Meeting the tour bus was very smooth. After a small drive around town to pick up about 18 people we started the tour. There were about 5 stops at lookouts and lakes and even the Banff railway station for a quick toilet stop and a look at original pictures of the Railway. We enjoying hot chocolate and maple syrup cookies (delicious) The scenery was unbeatable being winter, snow and ice. Unfortunately we did not see any wildlife but Hugh was full of great information and print outs of photos of different animals with info and original buildings .Banff is wonderful ,thanks from Australia
Written 5 March 2020
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Asheire
Perth, Australia39 contributions
Beautiful and informative.
Feb 2020 • Couples
Bow fall was beautiful, the photos I got didn't do it justice. Lake Minnewanka is absolutely amazing, the sheer size of it took my breath away, you could walk on it too since it was frozen. The history been told to us by our guide was informative and always had us engaged. We got to see elk, a wolf hunting & the pack howling and some wolf and coyote tracks. Definitely a must see.
Written 22 February 2020
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DHorton
1 contribution
Banff winter tour
Feb 2020 • Friends
We have a blast on our morning tour. Seeing some wild life was a bonus. We had the opportunity to see some mule deer, a herd of elk as well as wolf and coyote tracks in the snow. Our tour guide Gina was awesome. She was full of cool information and a friendly and pleasant guide for our trip. Thanks!!!
Written 20 February 2020
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Ginnie A
14 contributions
Professional, Friendly, and Knowledgable
Jan 2020
Jeff was our guide for this tour. It was a rather wet day but we were still able to enjoy the tour. Jeff had lots of umbrellas for everone. You could tell by Jeffs descriptions of everything we were seeing, how familiar he was with the area and how much he loved the area. Even with the bad weather we were able to see some wildlife. A herd of Elk were eking out some food close to one of the roads we traveled. This was mostly a bus tour but we did get out of the bus at spots along the way to see some spectacular views. Definitely a tour worth taking and a guide worth having.
Written 9 February 2020
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James P
Banff, Canada1 contribution
Amazing!
We had Nicole lead us on our Discover Banff tour this morning. She was excellent! Very personal and informative. A tour guide that is able to connect with their patrons will always make for an incredible adventure. Thanks again!
Written 4 February 2020
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AnjKatimbang
Manila, Philippines13 contributions
Chaotic Tour Arrangement
Feb 2020 • Couples
We did our Wolfdog Sanctuary tour, Snowy Owl Dog Sledding, Lake Louise and our supposed evening Johnston canyon walk with Discover Banff Tours. Tour and experience in the actual activity was great, however, the booking process, arrangement and last minute changes and cancellation threw us off and made us really stressed the entire time given our very limited time of stay in Banff which means we had everything planned ahead to maximize our stay. We also missed the Johnston Canyon walk as they had to cancel the tour last minute. I would recommend that you think real hard before going with this tour company. Bring your business and money elsewhere (or even better, book directly with the actual business) and save yourself the hassle and stress. Most of the activities you can book directly with the business: Wolfdog sanctuary you can book direct with Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary (cheaper), Powder Hound Dog Sled you can book direct with Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours (cheaper), Banff Gondola you can book direct with Banff Jasper Collection (cheaper), Lake Louise just go there by yourself (Discover Banff Tours doesnt offer a full on guided tour, they just drop you off there)
Written 1 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello Angela, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on the booking experience with us. We pride ourselves on providing the best customer experience that we can, and so we have taken a close look at your reservation. Please be assured that we charge exactly the same retail rate for all of these experiences as you would find booking direct (and a variety of discounts on our own tours), although a 3.5% booking fee does apply to debit and credit card payments as with many other local companies including the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. However, visitors are welcome to pay cash at our reservations store on Banff Ave if they wish to avoid this small fee. From looking at your booking it appears that the originally requested timeslot for your dogsledding tour was unavailable, and we reached out via email within an hour of receiving your booking request to provide alternative options. As explained with Snowy Owl dogsledding tours, often only the 11am and 1pm tmeslots can be confirmed ahead of time and the 9am and 3pm timeslots remain on a pending status until sufficient sleds are booked by Snowy Owl. We recommended to select a confirmed timeslot but we were more than happy to move your tours around when you opted to wait until a few days prior to confirm which times would run, to ensure that you were still able to take part in all of your activities booked with us. Unfortunately some of our tours are subject to mother nature, and may be affected in extreme weather conditions such the snowfall warning last weekend. As a result of the weather and road conditions on Mountain Ave where your hotel was located we weren't able to safely proceed with the Johnston Canyon Icewalk on Saturday evening and provided a full refund to all guests who weren't able to reschedule their tour. This is a rare occurrence but mountain weather can be unpredictable and safety always comes first for us. Our Discover Lake Louise Tour is one of our most popular winter experiences, picking up guests from their hotel and taking them on a guided scenic drive with sightseeing stops along the Bow Valley Parkway and allowing four hours of free time at Lake Louise for guests to ice skate, take a sleigh ride, explore the trails using our complimentary snowshoes and enjoy all there is to do at their leisure. We're sorry if you misunderstood the nature of the tour and didn't see the value in it. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the individual experiences, and hopefully the rest of your time in Banff.
Written 4 February 2020
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Ellen P
Mesquite, TX77 contributions
Beautiful scenes
Jan 2020
We wished we had taken this tour before the Brewster Tour because we had been to the same places on it. However, the guide on this tour was very good & told different things so we enjoyed that. We felt it should not be called a wildlife tour because the only wildlife we saw was when a passenger spotted a deer. As a sightseeing tour, we went to a number of places and enjoyed all we saw & heard from the guide.
Written 1 February 2020
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Tristan
58 contributions
Awesome way to see lots of Banff in under 3 hours!
Jan 2020
The Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife was a great experience and brilliant way to see some of the amazing sites of Banff. Our guide, Gina, was friendly, passionate, down to earth and knew lots and lots about bears and the Canadian wildlife!
Written 24 January 2020
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lindseymariecoffey
4 contributions
So fun!
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a short tour and we went at an unusual time for wildlife. We didn’t see many animals (due to dead of winter) aside from elk but we explored and learned a lot! Our guide, Hugh, was absolutely amazing! He was so nice and very informative. I would definitely take a wildlife tour in the spring time. Thank you!
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Beautiful Hike (hope you get Jeff as your guide)
Beautiful hike! Jeff was an amazing guide, we learned so many interesting facts and stories about Banff and the wil
bradleybarr
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Well worth it
Beautiful hike with several picturesque lookouts. Our guide Jeff was very courteous to his group, and well informed
jostlund
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Awesome experience
Such a great afternoon out in this beautiful part of Banff. Our guide Jeff was so interesting and informative. Le
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Wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable
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The sweet spot!
Loved this tour. You got a nice tour of the town, some historic facts and some “fun” ghost stories. We were suffici
RJW852501
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Good All Round Trip!
Had a great time when the weather was pretty chilly outside got a great insight into the sites, nature and history
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Totally Great & Informative, even for seasoned Banff Travellers!
We booked a tour VERY last minute for the Discover Banff and its Wildlife tour for our family of 5 (two 8 year olds
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Great selection of animals to be seen
Very good, knowledgable tour guide. Heidi made everyone feel welcome and did her best to accommodate everyone on th
cmbezz
cmbezz
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Perfect tour for a quick trip
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Lavenderlife912
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Beautiful Larch Valley hike
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Disapointed
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Lake tours
Andrew was a fantastic tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the lakes and you could tell he
Gerald W
Gerald W
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Great Experience!
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A tour in history!
Thank you Sam! She is a great guide, we absolutely enjoyed our tour. Through ghost stories, we learned a lot abou
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