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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

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Spiral Tunnels at Field

The tunnels are located along the TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1), a short drive west of Lake Louise, and east of Field, British Columbia (a short distance east of the turn off to Yoho Valley Road that leads to Takakkaw Falls).

When the railroad was first built through the Rockies, they had a really tough time in this area, because the grade was so steep. They were plagued by problems with run-away trains in the early years. How they ultimately solved this dilemma was by building a spiral inside the mountain. There are two of these tunnels, one on the south side of Hwy #1 and the other on the north side.

From the pull out on Hwy #1, you can see the north tunnel. You will actually be able to see the trains going into the tunnel and, after a few minutes, you will also see the front end of the same train coming out of the tunnel, below the bottom end of the train which is still going into the tunnel. You may have to wait up to 40 minutes for a train, but if you are lucky you may see a couple of trains within half an hour.

From Yoho Valley Road that leads to Takakkaw Falls there is a pull out where you can see the second spiral tunnel, on the south side of Hwy #1. It is recommended that you stop first at the pull out along Hwy #1, since there are some photos and stories here about the building of the Spiral Tunnels, as well as a diagram that helps you to visualize how the two tunnels are laid out.

If you look down the hillside immediately below this viewpoint, you might be able to spot the wreckage of a train engine which ran off the old tracks before the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, and has remained there ever since.

In the first photo, look in the center of the picture - under the train engine that is approaching the tunnel. You can see the tunnel exit, and in the third picture you can see the engine coming out of the tunnel below the end section of the train which is still heading into the tunnel.

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Camping_Girl
Apr 05, 2009

Mountain Beauty in the Off Season

Most people come to Banff in the summer. The skiers and snowboarders arrive after the hills open - usually in December. That makes November a very quiet off season in the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, which is too bad, because you can come across unexpected beauty in this calm season. Note how the Vermilion Lakes in this photo are just beginning to freeze over, resulting in a frosty mirror image of Mt. Rundle.

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Babcia
Jun 24, 2005

Best Views are at the Top

I have a relative that lives near Banff, so he knew places to go that we would not have visitied without him. If you are not in the best physical shape but you want to see the top of a mountain there are many ways to go about this. You could go up Sulphur Mountain on a Gondola Ride. It was an awesome ride and not too expensive. If you are an adventurous traveller there are trails up the mountain, but it could take you several hours, and you must beware of the animals. If you are someone who thinks they could handle some physical activity the perfect mountain to climb is Tunnel Mountain. It is centered in the middle of the Park, and it is only about a two hour climb. It is all worth it when you get to the top and have amazing views of the Banff Springs hotel.

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Travelorr
Dec 06, 2005
 
 
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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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