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Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife

Banff, Canada

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and its wildlife
  • Visit historic places and famous landmarks
  • Learn about the history and geology of the area from your knowledgeable guide
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and a light snack
Professional guide
Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Hands on interpretive tools

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Get up close and personal with the famous wildlife of Banff National Park on this exploration of the region’s animals and history. Learn about the winter survival mechanisms, habitats and behaviors of Banff’s non-human residents, plus get an overview of the area’s history, geology and famous landmarks.

Start the day with a morning pickup in Banff, continuing onward to some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as frozen Bow Falls, the famous Banff Springs Hotel, Lake Minnewanka, and the Hoodoos and Bow Valley lookout. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, and bighorn sheep as this is a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning

Finish your tour by warming up with a snack and a steaming cup of hot chocolate before drop-off back in Banff.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from December through April.
Stop At:  
Lake Minnewanka
Visit Lake Minnewanka, Banff's largest lake, and hear stories about the underwater ghost town.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bow Falls
See frozen Bow Falls,these falls were featured in several classic Hollywood films of the 1950s including 'River of No Return' with Marilyn Monroe.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Surprise Corner
This viewpoint gives an iconic view of the “Castle Of The Rockies” against the backdrop of Sulphur Mountain with the majestic Bow River in the foreground.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoodoos Trail
Learn about the hoodoos from your guide as you look out over this impressive viewpoint.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Winter Tour: Banff and Its Wildlife?
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Great overview to Banff National Park
, Feb 2020
Tour guides Jeff and Anick were knowledgable and personable. They provided an incredible amount of information about the park and its history, while also offering ample opportunity to stop admire (and photograph) breathtaking views. They provided good information about the wildlife, and we were able to see some deer. A great overview to the national park.
Wildlife tour
, Jan 2020
Our driver Raven was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our trip. Added bonus we spotted an Elk which made it more enjoyable and the scenery was amazing great stopping areas for some great photos
We had guessed there was a smaller...
, Feb 2017
We had guessed there was a smaller chance of seeing wildlife due to the tour being in winter, however this was not made known from the Tour company itself, rather a guess on our behalf. We were shown photos / pictures of some of the animals which are often seen however some of these were nothing more than internet pictures rather than real photos which could have been taken by the tour guides or previous travellers. I would not recommend that someone does this tour in winter after our experience.
Although we did not see much...
Linzi D
, Jan 2017
Although we did not see much wildlife, the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and it's history, as well as the wildlife and their habitats. I thoroughly enjoyed the time and came away feeling I had learned a great deal. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting Banff.
It was a good overview of things to do...
Doreen H
, Apr 2009
It was a good overview of things to do in Banff. Gave an interesting history of the area, tour guide very friendly and very knowledgeable.

Product code: 3827DB_W

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