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Banff Lake Cruise on Lake Minnewanka

Each season brings new scenery and new things to see and do. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an adrenaline rush, Banff and Lake Louise are great places to visit.

Wintertime offers an exciting array of mountain adventures and experiences. Skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, ice fishing, dog sledding and ice climbing top the lists of things to do.  Wintertime in the Canadian Rockies is like a tangible prayer, filling us with gratitude for life we too rarely express.

Summer is the time to breathe that mountain air and take advantage of the array of activities one can do in this area. There's great golfing, boating, fishing, river rafting, sightseeing tours, gondola rides, horseback riding or a range of hikes from moderate to strenuous wilderness hiking.

Spring and Fall is the time to regenerize yourself at the spa or hot springs, enjoy world-class dining, take wildlife tours or visit our areas numerous galleries.

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ACTIVITY RESERVATIONS IN BANFF

Your adventure starts here at Banff Adventures, who have helped visitors experience the best of the Canadian Rockies for the past 16 years. Whether you seek a calm retreat or a heart-pounding adventure, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure you get the best of the mountains.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM BANFF

Transportation from Banff to the Calgary Airport with comfort and peace of mind on a deluxe motor coach from Brewster Airport Express.  airporters include spacious reclining seats, an onboard lavatory, free on board WiFi with and no cancellation fees or extra luggage charges.

Banff Trail Riders Carriage ToursBIKE RENTALS IN BANFF

Spend a day exploring the trails of Banff National Park. Banff Adventures has a fleet of 45 mountain bikes and you can choose from front-suspension and full-suspension mountain bikes, with hourly and daily rates available.

BOAT CRUISE IN BANFF

Banff Lake Cruise will take you on a narrated tour of the Lake Minnewanka where you will see some of the most spectacular scenery in the Park. Bighorn sheep, deer and bears are often spotted at the water’s edge. Boats are glass enclosed and heated for those chilly or rainy summer days.

Mt Norquay Via Ferrata Banff

CARRIAGE RIDES IN BANFF

Enjoy private horse-drawn carriage tours from Banff Trail Riders. 15 minute downtown/Bow River tour and 30 minute downtown/residential Bow River tour are available on a first come – first served basis from our hitching post at the Trail Rider Store, 132 Banff Avenue.

 

CLIMBING VIA FERRATA IN BANFF

Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata is an assisted climbing experience along four breathtaking routes on the cliffs above the Norquay ski area. Small groups of 8 are led by a certified ACMG guide, participants will climb ladders, cross suspension bridges and experience views of Banff rarely seen before. Protected by a system of cables and fixed anchors, the thrill is there, but so is the safety. Choose from 2.5, 4, 5 or 6 hour tours, no climbing experience necessary, if you can climb a ladder, you can climb the Via Ferrata.

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DOG SLEDDING IN BANFF

Experience the excitement of driving a team of Canadian Huskies through the picturesque Rocky Mountains. Dogsled trips with Banff Adventures vary from 2 to 8 hours, moonlight tours and overnight programs. Ride in comfort or drive your own team.

 

FLOAT TRIPS & WHITEWATER RAFTING IN BANFF

Rocky Mtn Raft Bow RiverSit back, relax and take in the serenity and peaceful beauty of the Canadian Rockies! Rocky Mountain Raft Tours offers environmentally friendly, scenic, guided float trips on the Bow River within Banff National Park. Families, seniors and children are all welcome to join.

Join Hydra River Guides for a rafting adventure down the Kicking Horse River! The Kicking Horse River boasts big waves, continuous rapids and a rich wild west history. They have been introducing visitors to the thrills of rafting for 28 years.

GOLFING IN BANFF
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GONDOLAS IN BANFF

Lake Louise Gondola bearThe Banff Gondola is conveniently located adjacent to the famous Upper Hot Springs Pool. The 8-minute gondola ride will whisk you up Sulphur Mountain to an elevation of 7,500 feet to offer you the only 360 degree view of Banff, the Bow Valley and the surrounding Rocky Mountain peaks.

Start your scenic journey of Sunshine Meadows with a ride up to the skies in Banff’s biggest gondola. Our 8-passenger cabin comfortably seats the whole family. The Sunshine Gondola will carry you 4.6 km from our base area to our village area. On the gondola ride, you will gain a vertical rise of 504 m (1,653 ft.). Upon arrival in our village, take a moment to stop by our new interpretive center before beginning your journey of our alpine meadows.

At the Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift, discover why this beautiful, majestic area is home for so many grizzly bears, and other wildlife in Banff National Park! At the top of the summer gondola, interpretive programs offer fascinating information about nature and history in the Park.

HIKING IN BANFF
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HOCKEY TOURS IN BANFF

Feel the excitement of an NHL ice hockey game through tours by Banff Adventures. Games are at the famed Calgary Saddledome and are suitable for the whole family. Tours include game ticket, round trip transportation from Banff and onboard guide.

Banff Adventures horseback riding

HORSEBACK RIDING IN BANFF

Join Banff Adventures for a horseback tour in the Rockies which are perfect for people of all ages and riding abilities. Choose from the hourly rides, half-day rides, evening steakfry, morning breakfast ride or even a full-day riding trip—all departing from stables in Banff. No matter what type of western-style adventure you're looking for, Banff Trail Riders will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We've been helping travellers explore the wilderness on horseback since 1962 and we provide travellers with 17 unique trips to choose from.

No matter what type of western-style adventure you're looking for, Banff Trail Riders will give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We've been helping travellers explore the wilderness on horseback since 1962.

Discover Banff Icewalk Tours

ICEWALK TOURS IN BANFF 

With Discover Banff Icewalk Tours, you can hike on steel walkways bolted to the canyon walls that give spectacular views of the canyon below. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed.

 

MT. NORQUAY SIGHTSEEING LIFT

Take the 8-minute open-air Mt. Norquay Sightseeing Lift up the North American Chair to an elevation of 7,000ft. then take in the best views of Banff and the Bow Valley along the new sightseeing pathway, seeing the Banff townsite and world famous Mt. Rundle from a different angle.

Mt Norquay Sightseeing Banff

NATURE TOURS IN BANFF

White Mountain Adventures offers Banff's most magnificent alpine scenery at Sunshine Meadows. Here, you’ll find miles of easy walking trails above the tree line in one of North America’s premier hiking areas. Shuttles depart the Sunshine ski area parking lot every hour from 8am until 4:45pm.

NIGHTCLUBS IN BANFF

The HooDoo Lounge is the locals’ nightclub in Banff! Hip design combined with a mountain element make it the perfect place for residents and visitors of Banff. Great DJs keep the dance floor pumping, and the great staff keep everyone feeling good!

ROAM BusPUBLIC TRANSIT IN BANFF

Roam is a publicly operated transit service offered by the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission. With bus stops that connect Canmore to Banf and throughout Banff let their affordable, environmentally friendly public transit buses take you to the region’s finest restaurants and amenities.

SIGHTSEEING & WILDLIFE TOURS IN BANFF

See the magnificent Canadian Rockies with a guided excursion from Banff’s most experienced sightseeing company, Explore Rockies Sightseeing Tours. Choose from a variety of half or full-day tours that highlight all the must-see and do experiences.

Discover Banff Wildlife ToursTours with Discover Banff Tours are offered year round to learn about and view wildlife. Interpretive tours are in small groups so guests can interact with our guides. Binoculars, props and maps are included on all tours. Tours range from half day, morning and afternoon to full day tours.

SKIING IN BANFF

With 4200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair.

SLEIGH RIDES IN BANFF

Banff Trail Riders Sleigh RidesSpend some time in a winter wonderland on a sleigh ride through the mountain meadows around the Banff townsite with Banff Trail Riders. Snuggle down under warm wool blankets, watch for wildlife and enjoy spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

SNOW TUBE PARK IN BANFF

The Snow Tube Park at Mt. Norquay enjoys the longest sliding lanes in Alberta with a dedicated magic carpet lift for ease of access. A small sliding, and kids play area is available for the little ones. Try night tubing on Friday and Saturday nights, December through February. Children must be 42” tall and 4+ years to use the tube park.

SNOWSHOEING IN BANFF

White Mountain Adventures SnowshoeingWith White Mountain Adventures, experience a guided adventure at world-famous Sunshine Village Ski Resort where the Gondola and a chairlift ride takes you straight to the land above the tree line! Put your snowshoes on and walk with us away from the ski area and into a white powder paradise!

SPA & MASSAGE IN BANFF
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TOP 10 ACTIVITIES IN BANFF
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TOP 10 FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BANFF
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brewster ExploreTOP 10 RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES IN BANFF
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TOP 10 WINTER ACTIVITIES IN BANFF
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TOURING AROUND IN BANFF
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TOURING ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
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WILDLIFE IN BANFF
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