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Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

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Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

2. Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Start your tour in Banff, where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in for your sleigh ride. Now it's time to climb into the sleigh and get cozy with your loved ones under a cozy wool blanket. Hear the tinkling of sleigh bells, as the horses lead you on a journey through Banff's mountain meadows. Along the way, listen to stories from your guide and soak in the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains, while keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife, such as elk and deer. Finish your memorable excursion with a fireside warm-up stop after the ride, where you can toast a marshmallow and enjoy a warm drink back at the stables.

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Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

3. Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Start with pickup from Banff and travel in a modern minibus along the Bow Valley Parkway to the Canyon. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the moderate 2.7 kilometer hike with 135 meter elevation to the Upper Falls. Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way you'll learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed and stop at the Lower Falls, where you'll have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view. At the Upper Falls, enjoy a brief stop on the upper deck with a small refreshment break to enjoy the views. These gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns. Once you've finished your hot chocolate, hike back down and your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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Maligne Canyon Icewalk Discovery Tour

4. Maligne Canyon Icewalk Discovery Tour

Discover one of Jasper’s most impressive natural wonders. Meet your friendly and highly trained tour guide before journeying to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon – the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. Explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and incredible ice formations, marveling at the power of nature. Learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley, Karst topography, and the mystery of the “disappearing” Medicine Lake.  Be sure to take photographs by the stunning geological features, and the huge frozen waterfalls. The Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour is a great option for anyone who does not ski or snowboard. Or if you are hitting the pistes, get a full morning on the slopes and then head to the canyon for the afternoon. 

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Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

5. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this fantastic experience. Feel the adventure as you walk along the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to take you to the skywalk.   Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above, and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

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From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

6. From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

Begin your journey with a scenic drive along Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, where you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife. Once at Lake Louise, your guide can provide you with complimentary snowshoes and will lead you on an introduction to snowshoeing. Enjoy some free time at the lake and take an easy, quaint snowshoe walk through the serene woods and take in iconic views along the shoreline. Explore Lake Louise, a picture-perfect winter wonderland. The lake transforms into a real-life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy some hot chocolate and local maple taffy. Come and discover this winter wonderland for yourself.

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Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

7. Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

Get picked up by your friendly guide from the meeting point in Banff, then enjoy the drive in a modern minibus. Take the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive through a wildlife-rich habitat. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the easy 1.1km hike with 65m elevation gain to the lower falls, walking along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way, your guide will highlight unique features by powerful flashlight and pause for moments of darkness and quiet to foster an appreciation for spending time in the canyon at night. At the turn around point, your guide will illuminate the expanding ice that encases the rushing water. Have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls while also enjoying a refreshment break with hot chocolate and a maple cookies snack. The return journey is your opportunity to travel without your headlamp (should you wish). Be amazed as to how quickly your eyes adjust to the darkness, enough for you to travel through the pine forest guided only by the ambient light of the moon and the stars above your head. At the end of the tour, your guide will then transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

8. Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

Experience magical mountains, alpine meadows and thrilling rivers on this 5.5-hour tour to the Maligne Valley from Jasper. Part of the Jasper National Park, the valley is home to magnificent lakes and outstanding hiking trails. Following a pick-up from your Jasper hotel, you will go on a short hike past the sheer 100-foot walls of Maligne Canyon. Then, take a scenic drive to Maligne Lake and the "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Look out for elk and moose as you drive. Maligne Lake is the second largest glacial fed lake in the world. It drains into the Maligne River and continues down to Medicine Lake. You will visit what is arguably the most extensive karst system - or underground river system - in Canada. An underground network of caves remains largely out of reach to visitors, keeping it a mystery for future exploration. Your professional guide will expand on this inscrutable place during an immersive narrative. During the summer season you can join an inclusive boat cruise to Spirit Island, the only means of reaching the isolated island, for serene views of the stunning alpine scenery. During the rest of the year you can enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop. Depending on the time of the year, you will enjoy wildlife viewings in the area around Maligne Canyon, including moose, sheep, caribou and bears. Jump back on the bus for your return journey and hotel drop-off in Jasper, at the heart of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park.

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Jasper National Park Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

9. Jasper National Park Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

Greet your local guide at your accommodation, step on board your comfortable sightseeing vehicle and embark on a wonderful winter journey through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in Western Canada. Your knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out all of the Parks most iconic creatures. Big or small, elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park and how they survive the mountain winters. Well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area your guides are happy to answer any and all questions. With small group sizes guaranteed, no question or request will go unanswered. Have your camera ready, as you travel through the Athabasca Valley. Make stops at various locations to document the stunning winter vistas. Spare yourself the stress of driving Winter roads and join a friendly local guide on this informative and relaxing morning tour.

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Banff: Winter Wildlife and Sightseeing Minibus Tour

10. Banff: Winter Wildlife and Sightseeing Minibus Tour

Get ready to explore the best of Banff, as you discover the history of the Bow Valley. Be picked up from your hotel in a modern minibus by your guide, and start your 3-hour experience. Learn about local wildlife while you keep watch for elk, deer, and bighorn sheep.  Visit frozen Bow Falls, where many iconic movies from the 1950s were filmed. See the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the Castle of the Rockies. Stop at Lake Minnewanka, and learn the importance of wildlife management practices from your expert guide. Be amazed by iconic views from Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos Lookout. There will be plenty of stops along the route for you to enjoy the sights, snap photos, and walk to incredible viewpoints. At the end of your tour you'll be dropped off back in Banff.

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What people are saying about Alberta

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 184 reviews

We loved the views and knowledge our tour guide had. The only thing that didn’t work out for us was that our 9 year old found the snow shoes too difficult to maneuver. As a result, we did not snowshoe and just took advantage of the picture taking opportunity. Beautiful place!

Our guide Gina is the best! Interesting and fun bus trip to location with helpful tips and instruction on what to expect. Beautiful nature under a dark night sky. Hot chocolate and maple leaf cookies at half-point of walk. You even get to keep your cool headlamp.

There was a delay with the extreme cold. However, when they got going, we were guaranteed first priority for boarding according to our booked time.

Our tour guide was great! Saw lots of animals even though it was really cold

Amazing views and wonderful staff, definitely worth it and will go again!