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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
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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
 
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

Banff nearby Tips (3)

Following my nose from Banff to Jasper

Favorite thing If you visit the Banff area, I would suggest checking out the following with your camera and a sense of awe.

I) Obtain a local tourist map and walk the town of Banff on foot and enjoy the little shops, cafes and points of historical interest.

2) Even if you can't afford to stay there, the Banff Springs Hotel is worth a look. Its architecture and ambiance harkens back to the days when the well heeled could take the train across the country, spending time in each of these famous hotels along the way.

3) If one goes to Banff and doesn't stop at Lake Louise and its Chateau, it would be akin to visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower! This is probably the number 1 visited spot in the whole Park. The glacial silt in the water turns the lake a turquoise blue which is unforgettable. The Chateau Lake Louise, while out of my price range, used to offer a High Tea in it's spacious main room, (I do not know if it still does.) but sipping Earl Grey and munching on butter cookies as a harp sets the mood, is a fine way to enjoy the comforts of the hotel and view of the lake in a memorable manner.

4) There is a generous sprinkling of beautiful lakes in the area, all of which deserve a stop, but for me, the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies is Moraine Lake and the Valley of the 10 Peaks. It must have grabbed the attention of other more influential people as an image of it appeared on the back of former $20.00 bills. The term "Breath Taking" was minted on Moraines shore also.

5) Time and money factored in on my continuing North, but I did make it up to Jasper, another quaint tourist town, and hiked about Columbia Ice Fields on the way. The entire spine of the Rocky Mountains from Banff to Jasper are worthy of a "not to be forgotten" vacation in my humble opinion.

Fondest memory I don't think "fondest" is the word that works here in my short story. "Gnarliest" probably is closer.

In 1971, 3 friends and I hitch hiked from home in San Francisco California to Banff National Park to "bag some peaks" and enjoy the beautiful scenery, young ladies at the hostels and the fine beers.

One memory (that decorum will allow me to talk about), was standing at Moraine Lake, taking in the splendor of the Valley of the 10 Peaks, when we heard a series of bombs exploding maybe a mile from where we were standing! The 4 of us were stunned from the sound. As we looked down the valley where the rumbling seemed to be coming from, we saw a huge shelf of ice and snow billowing in slow motion down one of the peaks! The noise and spectacle of witnessing an avalanche in all it's natural power and glory is still etched in my memory over 40 years later.

franklenz
Mar 21, 2012

VERMILLION LAKE

Favorite thing VERMILLION LAKE.

Fondest memory I love this lake, it has its own character... untouched by mankind. Standing proud & very much on its own... no tourist, no civilization... just being...

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Sharrie
Feb 08, 2003

Banff and vicinity

Favorite thing Banff is vast, it's hard to know where to begin. In and around the town of Banff there are many scenic drives and trails that will afford spectacular views. So lace up those boots and hike.

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dinhyen
Sep 04, 2002
 
 
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Things to Do Near Banff National Park

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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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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

This was one of the best museums I visited on this trip, the everyday scences resembling the life of the Buffalo Nation People are outstanding. Our visit gave me an understanding of these people which...
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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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Upper Hot Springs

We only had 1 day to sight-see in Banff. We had spent the previous day on the road from Jasper so today we just wanted to do something local. Perfect! I had seen pictures of the hot springs and...
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Bow Falls

Early Sunday morning, we were in town and looking to kill some time, and we ended up hiking along this trail - you take Banff ave across the river, and the trailhead begins about here. For the first...
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Hiking/Trails

One of the most easily accessible alpine meadows in the Rockies is the Sunshine Meadows area, just west of Banff. A ski area in the summer, the Sunshine Meadows complex stays open in the summer to...
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