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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
star-4.5
$49.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lovely afternoon canoe trip
Great friendly and informative tour. Keira was a great guide. Lovely canoe down the Bow River with great scenery.
Russell_B, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Wonderful memorable experience!
Kathy_L, Aug 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Tour guides Marc and John were wonderful. Canoes were solid. Safety was covered. It was a lot of fun and very easy. Highly recommend!
star-5
Guides were very...
Elizabeth_B, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Guides were very knowledgeable and interesting and entertaining . They took the time to explain the safety rules and answer any questions . They were patient with us when we were not paddling correctly and took the time to show us how to paddle correctly . The scenery was so beautiful from the canoe .We would take this tour again when we come back . We love the big canoe, very beautifully kept . Thank you again .
star-5
Awesome
Cheryl_S, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Awesome views. Mitch was an awesome guide. Was lovely to spend an hour on the river. Was lovely to see the birds
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Banff 2022
jsskie, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Gondola, Bear Trail, Big Canoe Tour, Cascade Garden, Blackfoot Dance Performance, FOOD FOOD FOOD Our family group ages from 9 to 74 had a thoroughly wonderful time. We’re cramming in as much as we can while we’re here. This was a much-delayed and rescheduled trip because of the pandemic. We are so happy we can travel again.
star-5
Great Canoe Trip
Brian_C, Aug 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Informative trip, excellent scenery. Our guide Tristin was great! He had lots of information on the surrounding area
star-5
Lovely afternoon canoe trip
Russell_B, Aug 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Great friendly and informative tour. Keira was a great guide. Lovely canoe down the Bow River with great scenery.
star-5
Lovely family experience.
MRDM_F, Aug 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
So peacful on the water, it was just a bit too hot. Great views and very informative. The pace was leisurly and the guide helpful.
star-5
Enjoyable trip
Megan_C, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Took the tour with Tristan. His love and enthusiasm for the area is very apparent. We enjoyed our journey and the scenic route.
star-5
Fun Canoe Ride!
Teresa_S, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Fun canoe ride with a great guide. Beautiful scenery and our guide Becca gave us interesting information about the river along the way. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Best tour so far. Using the same Company for a Lake Louise tour as well.
KLary_P, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Besides the magic of Banff, our tour guide Corey was exceptional. He was loaded knowledge about the park and full of energy. The eight of us left the tour in love with the history and magic of this place and very grateful to Corey for such a magical experience ♥️
star-5
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 !
star-5
Very well organized and...
Sura_N, Jul 2022
Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
Very well organized and knowledgeable staff Highly recommended for families and couples. Encourage anyone visiting Banff and area to try it.
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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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Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in Banff

How to Spend 1 Day in Banff

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Banff National Park?
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Attractions near Banff National Park:
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What else should I know about attractions in Banff?
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As well as visiting the Banff National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: