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Johnston Canyon Icewalk
Hike on steel walkways built into the canyon walls and get an airy view of the canyon below. Travel through breathtaking scenery and nature on your way to the trail head and learn about the history and geology of Johnston Canyon.This popular wal""Join this small-group Banff guided tour and hike on steel walkways which have been built into the canyon walls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn how Johnston Canyon was formed. You'll be led past lower falls and end up at breathtaking uptitle=Icewalk+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+beautiful+tour+of+the+Johnston+Canyon+Icewalk%AE&2=Look+out+for+the+various+types+of+wildlife+which+inhabit+the+area&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pick"""Banff Canada"
From CAD71.00
 
Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
"Build a connection to the World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's landmarks and view wildlife in their natural winter habitat. Hear how the history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden treasure. See and le habitat and their winter survival adaptations. This is Banff's best tour for viewing wildlife and animal species are seen on 95% of the tours. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from December through April.""""Join a personalized small-group tour and discover beautiful Banff in the winter! Over three hours your local guide will point out all the landmarks and wildlife in their natural habitat particularly their ability to survive the cold winter months."title=Tour+Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+sightseeing+tour+of+Banff+and+its+wildlife&2=Visit+historic+places+and+famous+landmarks&3=Learn+about+the+history+and+geology+of+the+area+from+your+knowledgeable+guide&4=Complimentary+pickup+and+drop+off+from+most+Banff+hot
From CAD62.00
 
Maligne Valley and Wildlife Tour
"There’s only one way to see the splendor that is the winter wildlife and nature of Jasper National Park. This guided tour takes you in a van through the most stunning sites of the park including Athabasca Valley Maligne Valley and Medicine Lake. See the diversity in the National Park as the van rolls along. There is minimal walking. Get great photos of animals along the way including Elk deer sheep goats
From CAD68.00

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Wildlife on the Trail

I was hiking off Moraine Lake one afternoon. It was nice and quiet, not many others around. I looked up and I saw this bird looking at me. It sure looked like an owl at first glance, but don't owls just come out at night? The owl was kind enough to wait long enough for me to take a few pictures of him and then flew off. It was much larger in flight than I had ever thought.

The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia Ulula) is a non-migratory bird that primarily hunts by day and sleeps at night. Their range in North America is from Alaska to Newfoundland, sometimes occurring in the northern United States. They live mostly in open coniferous forests, staying away from dense forests. Oddly, they seem to like recently burned out areas.

Thanks to VT Member TravelDave for identifying the owl- This is a Northern Hawk Owl.
Thank you Dave!

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GentleSpirit
Apr 22, 2013

Grizzly Bear Sighting

We were returning to Banff late afternoon after an overnight stay at Jasper, a considerable drive when you have been active all day. After 5 days we had almost given up thinking we were going to see a grizzly bear when suddenly I sighted a car on the side of the road about 20 km from Lake Louise.

People had their cameras out so I thought we should stop and see what the attraction was. What a sight, mother bear and her 2 cubs just grazing on a clear patch of grass 60 metres from the road. The bears did not mind us looking, they knew we were there and I guess they thought they were a safe distance away. The 2 cubs were little fat bundles of fur, you just wanted to go over and pat them.

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Mikebb
Oct 08, 2007

Sight Elk Near Banff Springs

We visited Banff hot springs mid afternoon and after an enjoyable time we decided to return to Banff township about 3:30 pm. After leaving the car park and travelling down the road for about 300 metres I sighted an Elk in the bush about 5 metres from the road.

Quickly stopped for a photo and then sighted another, they must have been a pair. We had not disturbed them and they continued to graze on the grass, however very soon there were 3 more cars and people everywhere causing the Elk to take flight.

It was mid June and I was told the Elk do not have horns at that time of year, they grow later in summer.

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Mikebb
Oct 08, 2007

You may be lucky!!

Yes to our great delight the tour bus stopped so that we could photograph this Grizzly in a small clearing in the forest area. He just calmly munched away oblivious to the excitement he had caused.

Grizzly bears have a hump at the back of the neck area.

Do not do as some stupid people did when our tourbus stopped, they got our of their car that was stopped in front of us, to get closer for a better shot - not the thing to do!! so beware.

click on picture for a closer view."

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joanj
Jun 23, 2005
 
 
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Elk in town

Seeing an elk wandering around town was a sight for Zal and me. Not only were we not used to seeing animals out used plastic bottles by the side of a dustbin, but we were not used to seeing even just animals without tails (!). This elk was extremely tame... she stood there for a good 15 min allowing me to take a photo of her, without budging.

Notice how close that car is... this is taken from the corner of a main shopping street in Banff town. We were really surprised by this elk :)

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Fudge
Feb 15, 2003

wildlife

We were continiously seeing wildlife on the drive from Banff to Jasper . The best sighting were around Jasper . ( one bear , elk, moose) the list goes on and on

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ylisa
Jun 12, 2005
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"Banff & Rocky Mountains On My Top 5 Destinations"
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"Banff the first Town on our Canadian Rockies trip"
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"Beautiful Banff"
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Things to Do Near Banff

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Bow Falls

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Upper Hot Springs

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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

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Johnston Canyon

We decided to begin our trip with a visit to Johnston Canyon, one of the parks most popular hikes. Perhaps we should have picked another time than a gorgeous Sunday afternoon because the trail was...
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Cave and Basin

Tourism in the area started here with this Hot springs Cave. Today bathing is no longer allowed in the cave ( you can view it though) but you can still visit the site and hike the trails in the nearby...
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Hiking/Trails

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