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Banff National Park
Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Improvement District No. 9, Banff, AB T0L

The Basics

There is so much to see and experience in Banff: lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, wildlife, hot springs, museums, the gondola in Banff Town, and more. To make the most of your time, a guided tour will help you hit the highlights and get a more in-depth look at what interests you most. Many multi-day tours from Vancouver take in other Canadian Rockies spots, such as Lake Louise, Jasper, and the Columbia Icefield; some tours comprise evening wildlife safaris or horseback-riding adventures; and day trips from Calgary offer a taster of Banff’s beauty.

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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
$51.26 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience
Austin was a great guide. Very informative and fun. The canoe ride had beautiful views and was very informative. No strength or physical assertion required. Will definitely return in the future
Zaid_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Amazing experience !
Michela_T, Sep 2021
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Amazing time! I felt really safe and our guide Brooke was amazing !!!! What a fantastic time !!!! Would recommend !
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Bow River Big Canoe Tour
Pat_P, Sep 2021
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
I enjoyed meeting Mitch M, our guide and learning from him. The river was such a beautiful colour and lovely to paddle in. An excellent day with great service.
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fun family vacation
Alannah_M, Sep 2021
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
The guide was knowlegeable and entertaining. Lovely day, sunny and the water was amazing teal color.
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Superbe and worth it.
Denise_T, Jul 2021
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
The view was amazing and the staff was really friendly and had great knowledge of the area and the animals.
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Canoe tour
robynkramer, Jun 2019
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Paddled up and back down a part of the bow River at Banff while being entertained by guide Mark with interesting snippets about animals, culture, the alpine environment and First Nation People. Prior to the trip Mark gave a little presentation on the.First Nation's people, a.very good safety lesson on canoeing and the beginnings of Banff.
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First visit to Banff
Mamushka13, Aug 2019
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Highlight of the day!!! Amazing experience!!! Instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend to include this activity in your trip!!!
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Great service
Wander45168963701, Jun 2019
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
The staff members were very positive and upbeat. They had lots of information to share. The scenery was beautiful. Lucy did a great job!!
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We had a lot of fun on our canoe...
Courtney G, Sep 2017
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
We had a lot of fun on our canoe tour! We went as part of our honeymoon trip. Lucy was our guide and she was excellent. She shared so much local knowledge with us!
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It was a nice change of pace being...
Mo and Oz, Oct 2016
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
It was a nice change of pace being on the river. There wasn't anything earth shattering about the tour. You row up river for 30 minutes or so, pull over and look at a few things our guide pointed out and then float back to the start. It was a beautiful day and the trip was fun. Be sure to dress warmer than you think you should as once we turned around the wind was in our faces and I was glad I brought an extra jacket.
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Amazing and fun Canoe Ride on Bow...
liparijoe, Aug 2018
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Amazing and fun Canoe Ride on Bow Rider with excellent Guide Lucy Congrea. Lucy was not only very knowledgeable about the river, the animals and all things Banff but her enthusiasm was what made the tour great. We went as a family with 2 kids a 10 year old and a 5 year old and both were equally entertained and had a great fun time. She made my son who is 5 sit in front and called him Captain which we had to call him for the rest of the day. We also got to see 2 elk with a baby elk, and they even crossed the river which was cool to see. We also saw a muskrat. It was a great tour and I highly recommend it to anyone and especially for families. Ask for Lucy!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Banff National Park is a must for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and all first-time visitors to Alberta.

  • There is a fee to enter the park.

  • Bring your camera—the scenery is spectacular for photography.

  • Much of Banff Town and most Parks Canada sites are accessible to those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Banff National Park is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, 78 miles (125 kilometers) from the nearest airport in Calgary, Alberta. Tourist shuttles and buses travel between Banff and Calgary. Another popular route is the scenic Icefields Parkway, which runs 179 miles (288 kilometers) between Banff and Jasper national parks.

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When to Get There

The summer months (June to September) are peak season in Canada’s mountain parks, and things pick up again in winter (November to March) for ski season. To avoid the crowds, spring and fall are best; however, ice and snow may limit accessibility to hiking trails and lakes, and some attractions are open seasonally.

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Banff Hotels and Lodging

From full-scale luxury to basic and budget-friendly, the hotels and lodgings in Banff National Park have something for every traveler. Many tours arrange stays for you at comfortable hotels, or you could join an outfitter for camping and adventure under the stars.

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