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Evening Wildlife Safari

Banff, Canada

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Join an animal-spotting bus tour in Banff National Park, observing the park’s amazing wildlife at dusk on this 2-hour, small-group tour that’s perfect for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy Banff’s beautiful landscapes in the evening searching for elk, deer, bears and more because each tour has a 95% success rate of viewing animals in their natural environment. You'll also hear about the park's efforts to protect animals and their habitat from your expert guide.
  • Evening bus tour in Banff
  • Go searching for wildlife in Banff National Park at dusk from the comfort of a coach bus with large viewing windows
  • Keep an eye out for bears, big horn sheep, deer, elk and more
  • Learn about the local wildlife and preservation efforts from an expert guide
This Banff wildlife safari is the perfect opportunity to spot the park’s amazing creatures during their most active evening period, all set against the beautiful landscape of the Canadian Rockies.

After an early evening pickup in Banff, you’ll head into the park with your guide. As the tour passes through the park’s diverse mountain landscapes, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of animals such as sheep, elk, deer and bears as they begin their evening activity. Your guide will share additional details about these amazing creatures and their unique habitat, along with some of the challenges of trying to protect them and a stop will be made at an interactive touch table to view rare animal props and artifacts.

At the end of the two hours, you’ll be dropped back in downtown Banff, arriving with a newfound appreciation and understanding of the incredible wildlife that calls this area home.

Please note: this tour is seasonal and only operates from April through October.
Stop At:  
Banff National Park
Travel through prime wildlife areas in Banff on this paved road bus tour, with little to no walking involved. There are a number of routes available depending on wildlife activity and so every night is a new adventure!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't go on this tour if you expect to see bears as the publicity shot would indicate." See review
  • "Didn’t see a bear but was still worth the money." See review
  • "Didn’t see a bear but was still worth the money." See review


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Banff Evening Wildlife Safari was a joke
, Nov 2019
I booked this Safari as it claimed 95% success and we had to be appropriately dressed, walking boots et al. The first thing we were told on entering the tour bus was that no one will be getting out to see the animals for safety reasons, next all need to look out to spot the animals. More eyes the better. It soon became obvious that we will not be seeing any bears etc. Driving on the road frequently used by other vehicle and not where the animal are expected to be was a sure recipe for not spotting any wild life. Eventually we returned to the Banff Golf course where we saw some deer. We had been on other Banff non-safari tours when we saw some wild animals as the bus driver knew which animal to see in its habitat and pointed them out to us. My question is should such a tour ever exist and should Viator promote it
Good experience
, Sep 2019
We were lucky to book during the elk mating season, and saw a lot of elk. The driver was very knowledgeable and drove very safely. I appreciated his efforts to keep the comfort of the animals as a priority.
Wildlife Safari without Wildlife
, Aug 2019
Enthusiastic guide, she had to drive the bus and give a tour at the same time. With the tour 'Wildlife Safari' we ​​had hoped to spot some wild animals. Unfortunately it remained with a goat and a deer. The tour led us past various picnic areas, where also we did not expected to spot wildlife. She told us a lot about her experiences in the wild but unfortunately she could not show it to us. Not recommended
Amazing experience
, Jul 2019
We tried all day on our own to see bears, deer bucks and long horned sheep but to no avail. Our tour guide Jessy made it seem easy and entertained us all the way with great banter and tons of facts about the park and the animals; not to mention, he answered every question we had with the kind of detail only an experienced animal enthusiast would have. We filmed a bear eating berries up close (about 10 feet from our bus) for about 2 minutes from various angles. Jessy really pushed to get the shot!
Excellent Evening
, Jul 2019
Our guide, Dennis, made the evening. He had so much good information. Even if we had not seen animals we would have enjoyed it. He was warm, funny and knowledgeable.
Amazing sights
, Jul 2019
The tour was very interesting the driver was entertaining, friendly & new lots of history. Didn’t see a beat but enjoyed it anyway
Beautiful views
, Jul 2019
The driver had amazing knowledge of the animals & area. Didn’t see a bear but was still worth the money.
Night wildlife tour
, Jun 2019
It was a perfect evening for seeking wildlife and we were lucky enough to see bighorn sheep on 2 occasions, a mule deer and female elks on 2 occasions. Driver Jeff was terrific and even offered to go to Mt Norquay to try our luck despite it being past the tour end time. Interesting talk by Andrew from Parks and Wildlife.
Robert S
, Jun 2019
Had an outstanding evening with our guide Denise. Very knowledgable, friendly and courteous. Shared experiences and knowledge of the area, wildlife, and forests. A really wonderful time and would definitely do it again.
Great Way to see Banff
, Sep 2018
We had an amazing guide and saw elk, deer and even a black bear! This tour was a fantastic way to see Banff and we highly recommend it!

Product code: 3827EWS

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