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Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

1. Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Start with pickup from Banff and travel in a modern minibus along the Bow Valley Parkway to the Canyon. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the moderate 2.7 kilometer hike with 135 meter elevation to the Upper Falls. Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way you'll learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed and stop at the Lower Falls, where you'll have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view. At the Upper Falls, enjoy a brief stop on the upper deck with a small refreshment break to enjoy the views. These gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns. Once you've finished your hot chocolate, hike back down and your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

2. From Banff: Lake Louise Half-Day Winter Tour

Begin your journey with a scenic drive along Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise, where you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife. Once at Lake Louise, your guide can provide you with complimentary snowshoes and will lead you on an introduction to snowshoeing. Enjoy some free time at the lake and take an easy, quaint snowshoe walk through the serene woods and take in iconic views along the shoreline. Explore Lake Louise, a picture-perfect winter wonderland. The lake transforms into a real-life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy some hot chocolate and local maple taffy. Come and discover this winter wonderland for yourself.

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Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

3. Banff: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

Get picked up by your friendly guide from the meeting point in Banff, then enjoy the drive in a modern minibus. Take the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive through a wildlife-rich habitat. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the easy 1.1km hike with 65m elevation gain to the lower falls, walking along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way, your guide will highlight unique features by powerful flashlight and pause for moments of darkness and quiet to foster an appreciation for spending time in the canyon at night. At the turn around point, your guide will illuminate the expanding ice that encases the rushing water. Have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view of the lower falls while also enjoying a refreshment break with hot chocolate and a maple cookies snack. The return journey is your opportunity to travel without your headlamp (should you wish). Be amazed as to how quickly your eyes adjust to the darkness, enough for you to travel through the pine forest guided only by the ambient light of the moon and the stars above your head. At the end of the tour, your guide will then transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

4. 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.

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Banff: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Evening Tour with Dinner

5. Banff: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Evening Tour with Dinner

Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by a friendly guide. Drive along the scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway as you keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears through this wildlife-rich habitat. Before heading to these famous lakes, stop for a delicious early dinner at the Baker Creek Bistro. This charming restaurant offers authentic Canadian cuisine from locally and regionally sourced ingredients in a warm log cabin ambiance complete with a roaring fireplace. After dinner, continue to Lake Louise, one of the most famous lakes in the Canadian Rockies. With a full hour to explore this stunning mountain lake, choose to take a guided shoreline walk, or simply explore and soak in the views with the Victoria Glacier as the perfect backdrop. Be sure to visit the famous Fairmont Chateau hotel while at Lake Louise, where you can explore this 100-year-old hotel or simply enjoy a drink overlooking the lake. Lastly, head to Moraine Lake, a glacier-fed turquoise gem set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks. With a 30 minute stop, there's plenty of time to wander along the shoreline or walk to the famous viewpoint of the Valley of the Ten Peaks before you return to Banff.

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Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

6. Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide. Get ready for a morning exploring the best viewpoints and historic landmarks in Banff. Along the way, hear how the 11,000-year-old human history of the Bow Valley changed when 3 railway workers rediscovered the historical Cave & Basin hot springs, now a National Historic Site. Learn about the local wildlife and behavior, habitat, and the importance of wildlife management practices in a national park while you keep your eyes peeled for animals such as elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Spend your time enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to viewpoints, on the many stops of the tour.  During the tour, visit Bow Falls, where many iconic movies from the 1950s were filmed. See water crashing over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight. Admire the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel also known as the 'Castle of the Rockies'. Stop at Lake Minnewanka, Banff's largest lake to hear about the underwater village. This tour also stops at iconic viewpoints including Surprise Corner, aptly named for the 'oh wow!' iconic view of Banff, and the Hoodoos Lookout.

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What people are saying about Bow Valley Parkway

What a wonderful way to start our morning! There was 5 of us which included to 16 year olds and an 18 year old and they also loved it! Andrew was our guide and what an asset to that team he is funny, informative and made the tour even better! Definitely suggest booking this, and the morning as it’s much quieter.

We loved the views and knowledge our tour guide had. The only thing that didn’t work out for us was that our 9 year old found the snow shoes too difficult to maneuver. As a result, we did not snowshoe and just took advantage of the picture taking opportunity. Beautiful place!

Our guide Gina is the best! Interesting and fun bus trip to location with helpful tips and instruction on what to expect. Beautiful nature under a dark night sky. Hot chocolate and maple leaf cookies at half-point of walk. You even get to keep your cool headlamp.

Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

First time in Banff, Heidi was our tour bus driver & guide. She was full of knowledge and has an excellent personality.