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Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

2. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Jasper SkyTram

3. Jasper SkyTram

Travel just 4 miles (7 kilometers) southwest of Jasper to the end of Whistlers Road to arrive at Jasper SkyTram. Time your visit for an early morning or evening flight to avoid crowds and take advantage of the best light for photos. After you exchange your voucher at the reservations window for a ticket, climb aboard the enclosed tram car for a 7.5-minute ride to the upper station. Your tram ride will ascend to an elevation of 7,425 feet (2,263 meters). A guide will accompany you on your trip, sharing insights about the area, history, and wealth of wildlife. Once at the top, take a stroll on the accessible boardwalk for breathtaking views of Jasper National Park, the town of Jasper, turquoise-colored lakes, mountain ranges, and the Athabasca River Valley. Try hiking Whistlers Summit Trail to reach the top of Whistlers Mountain at 8,081 feet (2,463 meters) for a 360° view of six mountain ranges, including Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Before you leave for your trip down the mountain, enjoy a coffee and light snack at the top of the Canadian Rockies. Visit the gift shops at the upper or lower stations to purchase a souvenir that will always remind you of this trip.

Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

4. Jasper National Park: Maligne Lake Cruise With Guide

Sit back and relax onboard a comfortable and unforgettable 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) cruise along Maligne Lake. Take in the views of the surrounding peaks of the Canadian Rockies, alpine glaciers, and azure water of the lake. Watch out for wildlife and learn from your guide about the early explorers and indigenous people of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the tiny but very famous Spirit Island, which is only accessible by boat, and enjoy a short nature trail before returning to Home Bay.

Rocky Mountains Scenic Helicopter Tour

5. Rocky Mountains Scenic Helicopter Tour

Begin your adventure at the Jasper-Hinton Airport, the perfect starting point for your Rocky Mountains trip – surrounded by nature. You will be greeted by one of our staff members who will provide you with a safety briefing and instructions prior to your flight. Each passenger will be equipped with a headset that allows you to listen to your Pilot’s commentary, and communicate with the rest of the group during the flight. As soon as you buckle in, you will be face to face with the Rocky Mountains. Your itinerary will differ depending on the tour that you have selected. 20-min Tour This trip takes you buzzing just past the summit and down the ridge line of Folding Mountain. You then climb above the Fiddle Mountain Range, with a westward view over the Rocky Mountains. This view is nearly impossible to beat! 30-min Tour This jam-packed tour features action right off the runway as you climb over Brule Lake and soar high above the Fiddle Mountain range. The vastness of the Rocky Mountains extends before you as far as Mt. Robson and beyond. As you descend over the Miette Hot Springs and down the valley you get a close-up view of the steep, jagged ridgelines that make up Ashlar Ridge and the famous Miette Mountain Range. The trip is capped off with a flyby of the sheer cliffs famous to Roche Miette, a quick loop past Jasper and Talbot Lakes and a gentle cruise above the Athabasca River. 60-min Tour Fly over the Athabasca River, Jasper and Talbot Lakes and take in the view of snow-capped peaks and steep ridgelines visible all the way to Mt. Robson as you make your way toward the town of Jasper. Soaring past Pyramid Mountain and the stunning blue waters of Lake Edith and Annette, look down on the Jasper Sky Tram atop Whistlers Mountain, Marmot Basin and the town of Jasper before swinging past the Valley of the Five Lakes for a truly unbeatable view of this area of Jasper National Park.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

6. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies, with rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

7. From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears as you drive along scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway. Your guide will share stories on Banff National Park, its history and the local animals on the way. Arrive at iconic Lake Louise after a scenic stop along the Bow Valley Parkway to admire the views of Castle Mountain. Your 30-minute visit at the lake gives you plenty of time to wander the famous shoreline, take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier, and admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Next, your guide will take you to Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake from the shoreline. After a 30-minute stop here, your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

From Banff: Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

8. From Banff: Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Discover soaring mountains, emerald lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls on a full-day tour of the Canadian Rockies. Visit the most spectacular places in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the awe-inspiring scenery. Travel through the Canadian Rockies in a comfortable bus, as you learn about the area from your knowledgeable guide. The tour will take you to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Emerald Lake to admire the incredible landscape. Enjoy some free time at each of the lakes to stroll along the shore, or sit by the water and soak it all in. From October to June, when the road to Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake is closed due to snow, alternative stops will be made. These might include the Bow Valley Parkway, Johnston Canyon, Marble Canyon, or the Natural Rock Bridge. During the tour you’ll stop for lunch at the historic lodge in Yoho National Park.

Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

9. Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

Go on an evening wildlife safari tour and discover the animals of Banff. Led by your expert guide, experience twilight wildlife encounters.  As the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, the wildlife of Banff National Park become more active in the cool hours before dark. Get the chance to be up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents. Spot an elk sauntering across a clearing or a bighorn sheep grazing in an alpine meadow. Sometimes, you may even see a grizzly bear snuffling through a berry bush.  Have your guide take you on a paved road bus tour where you are most likely to see Rocky Mountain creatures. Learn about how the park protects these animals and their natural habitat from many threats to the ecosystem.

Jasper National Park: Evening or Morning Wildlife Search

10. Jasper National Park: Evening or Morning Wildlife Search

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or guesthouse in Jasper, and then travel by comfortable minibus down into the valley. Look out of the large windows to get stunning views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness. Travel on paved roads searching for the many species of animals found in Jasper National Park. Your guide will select the route based on seasonal wildlife movements, giving you the best chances of finding animals in their natural habitat. Encounter amazing creatures at the time of day when they are most active. Take stunning photos from inside the minibus or during occasional short walks, at the discretion of your guide. Get valuable insights into the challenges of managing and protecting wildlife within the national park. Ask your guide any questions you may have and be amazed as the animals are brought to life before your eyes. 

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 145 reviews

This tour is fantastic and I cannot recommend enough. Our guide was born and bred in Banff and was a fountain of knowledge; as well as being interesting, engaging and friendly. The route was beautiful and we took so many pictures but isn’t too challenging and anyone could enjoy (though there are multiple routes available). There is also lots of nature to see around you that only enriches this experience further. It’s an easy 5 stars for this tour and would recommend to anyone heading to Banff!

So nice having just our car group riding up with us versus some of the other larger gondolas with multiple families. Absolutely stunning view at the top. So close to the mountains <3 I highly recommend prebooking a reservation at the Sky Bistro at the top for a delicious meal with 5 star service

It was so informative and really interesting .. the driver ( sounded like Peter but I don’t think others ) such a helpful and informed chap !! Glad we were able to get off and take photos and see stuff may not have necessarily got to see

The guide was very knowledgeable and funny to help on the skytram and set the mood for the top of what you can experience. Walking to the sun it was amazing. What an experience to walk around on top of a mountain.

It was a wonderful breathtaking experience. Our guide Gina was amazing and passionate about her job. I recommend her 100% Valeria from México.