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From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

1. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

2. From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks. See the saturated strata in colorful canyons and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion. Your first stop is the Prince Wales Hotel. This establishment is a historic Canadian icon and the park’s most recognized landmark. Spend about 30-minutes at the Prince Wales Hotel. After you visit the Prince Wales Hotel, you’ll head to Waterton Town. Waterton Town is a small and vibrant town located on the lake. Explore the quaint town for about 60-minutes before heading to your next stop, Cameron Falls. Cameron Falls is a true highlight of the Waterton visit, with its clear cascading mountain water rushing over the Cambrian rock. Spend about 15-minutes in the mist that the waterfall produces before you visit Red Rock Canyon. Stop for about 30-minutes at Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Canyon is known for its layers of red and green colored minerals that offer a bright contrast to the lush surroundings. Your last stop is Okotoks Big Rock. The Okotoks Big Rock is about 8km west of the town of Okotoks and was formed thousands of years ago when it dislodged from a glacier. Return to Calgary at around 7:30 PM.

From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

3. From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

Visit Drumheller on this full-day guided excursion. Explore rugged canyonlands and get up close and personal with fossils and monolithic hoodoo rock formations. After meeting with your guide, depart from Calgary and ride out to Dinosaur Valley. Listen to tales about the incredible array of species that have been unearthed there. When you arrive, head to the visitor center to check out fossils and artifacts gathered from more than 40 species of dinosaurs discovered nearby. Consider expanding your knowledge of prehistoric life and creatures with an optional visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Then, proceed to Horseshoe Canyon, where the Red Deer River makes a U-turn in steep, stratified canyons. Further down the river, cross and stop at the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and hear about the coal workers who built it in 1931. Cap off your day with up-close looks at the area's towering hoodoo rock formations worn into columns over hundreds of years.

Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

4. Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Calgary, in a unique and engaging way as you tour through the city in a vintage-styled sidecar motorcycle. Enjoy 360-degree views and perfect photo angles during this stylish and comfortable ride. Meet your expert driver-guide at the downtown hotel or at the base of the Calgary Tower to begin your tour. Your first stop will be at the Fort Calgary - the birthplace of Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, where you will discover the heritage connection between the northwest Mounted Police and the Indigenous Peoples. Then, head to Scotsman’s Hill, from where you will be able to see the Stampede Grounds, the Saddledome, the National Music Centre, and the Calgary Tower. From there, enjoy the ride through the rejuvenated East Village to highlight the art and community engagement strategies of this progressive city. Next, make a stop on Crescent Road for views of Downtown and the Rocky Mountains that anchor our horizon. Drive down Centre Street to experience the diversity of the city, and glimpse the iconic Wonderland art installation, while you wave up at the visitors on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower. Finally, return to your pick-up location where your tour will end.

From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

5. From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

Discover the unique contrasts of Kootenay National Park, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs, on this day trip from Calgary. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point and travel to Marble Canyon. Along the way, stop at the Great Divide which marks the border between Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park for a photo and some incredible views. Upon arrival at the canyon, take the self-guided trail which leads along this ice-caved canyon and through the remains of a forest destroyed by wildfires in 2003. Next, continue to the Kootenay Valley View Point. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermillion mountain ranges and the Kootenay River far below. Watch the river wind through the mountain forest following an ancient route to the great Columbia River. If you feel like relaxing after all that walking, enjoy a dip in the naturally heated, mineral-rich hot pool of Radium Hot Springs. Finally, follow a scenic trail through the open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls before returning to Calgary in the evening.

Calgary: Scenic Cochrane and Canmore Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

6. Calgary: Scenic Cochrane and Canmore Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

This 6-hour adventure leads to the Rockies by way of a less-traveled, more scenic roadway. From your pickup location in Calgary, head to Cochrane and its quaint, old western downtown streets. The drive along the Cochrane Hill highway offers views into the mountains and over the ranch landscape that lies before. From Cochrane, glide along the picturesque Highway 1A. The speed of travel is such that you’ll have a chance to enjoy the scenery and snap photos of wildlife as you pass by. Enjoy the ride past lakes and rock faces, as well as sweeping highway corners that reveal portions of the Bow River Valley. Arriving in Canmore, tour the townsite and visit the Alpine Centre, home of the 1988 Olympic biathlon and cross-country skiing events. A lunch stop at one of the local eateries, depending on your food preferences, is included. The return to Calgary can be along the 1A or along the Trans-Canada Highway as per your choice.

Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

7. Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Explore the highlights around Calgary's stunning Bow River with an audio walking tour of the Bow River Trail on your smartphone. Find out about the city's history and admire its sights. From the starting point, follow the audio on your smartphone, which plays automatically as you approach points of interest, and use the app offline to save your data. You'll occasionally detour off the path to experience Calgary's varied cultures, too. Hear information and interesting facts about contemporary Calgary, the Calgary Folk Festival, Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the not-for-profit Calgary Zoo with its new zoo bridge. Discover the mission of the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s impressive history as you pass by the Mewata Armouries, Prince’s Island Park, Fort Calgary, the Inglewood Bridge, and two famous houses reputed to be haunted. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, the Chinese Cultural Centre, and Sien Lok Park. Take a break and admire the Centre Street Lions, and check out the views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

Calgary: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour of Rocky Mountain Foothills

8. Calgary: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour of Rocky Mountain Foothills

Experience the wonderful landscapes and stunning vistas that are found in the Foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This fully guided adventure takes you around Calgary and into the region to the southwest of the city. Escape from the hustle of the city and enjoy a ranch country experience during this unique tour. Discover the landscapes around Calgary and tour on the less-traveled roads that allow you to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Alberta. Enjoy many opportunities for photos with the mountain ranges as the backdrop and the city of Calgary from a distance. This tour often includes a stop at Granary Road, a farmers’ market and bistro while driving past ranches with cattle, elk, and sometimes bison.

From Calgary: Banff & Yoho National Parks Private Day Tour

9. From Calgary: Banff & Yoho National Parks Private Day Tour

The best of two national parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountain both Banff National Park and Yoho National Park — including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge, and the towering Takakkaw Falls, on this full day of private sightseeing tour. Discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with so much time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, you won't be rushed to enjoy every moment of the places, Exclusive just for your group means no more waiting for others and we can explore more of the less touristy part of the area. Leaving from Calgary, Canmore, and Banff the tour is a private experience so you don't have to feel rushed at any stops. The first stop will be at the Most Beautiful Place on Earth: British Columbia, Yoho National Park's Emerald Lake, and Natural Bridge spend time taking photos and recording the white noise of the flowing stream of water, then continue to drive to the Yoho Valley to see the towering Takakkaw Falls. Going back to Alberta's Banff National Park, we will stop to see the World's Famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. We will have a chance to visit the Town of Banff to end the trip before heading back to your Hotel or Airbnb.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

10. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

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We got to see Horseshoe Canyon, the smallest church in the world, The Royal Tyrrell museum which had dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones that had been found and pieced together to recreate the actual dinosaur skeletons. Very interesting museum. We had time for lunch and also we could take a nice circular walk around outside to see the great views of the bandlands. We then saw the manmade Huge dinosaur. I think we had enough time for most of the stops but I think we should have had longer for the giant Dino. We only had 30 mins there and there wasn’t enough time to climb up inside the dinosaur and see the views because there was already a queue of people. Instead I photographed it from the ground and had an ice cream. So maybe the time could be increased to 1 hour at that stop off. Then we went to see the Hoodoos which was great.

Excellant tour. Pick up & drop off from our hotel door. Seen everything we wanted to & more. Comfortable air conditioned car. Stopped off whenever we wanted too. Offered water & plenty of bathroom breaks. Had lunch in banff. (Initially, It appears pricey but it definitely is not).... as i think the public bus to banff from calgary is $72 per adult 1 way & then you have to book your tour to go around banff. Just Book the private tour with these guys 'Abest transport'!!!!! Worth every penny. Thank you manny for a great trip! Highly recommend for a convenient personal & stress free day.

Hats off to our tourist guide Joey M!! He did an excellent job above and beyond our expectation. Getting this tour is worth it with all the convenience fr the hotel pick up to each strategic spots for phototaking. Joey M even took the initiative to be the official photographer of our group. Its also worth mentioning that with a tour guide like Joey, we skipped all the long waiting lines and the hassle of finding parking spots! We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of banff in one day!

I travelled with my daughter and my parents and our tour guides Jef and Gabe were very accommodating. Since this is a private tour, we didn't feel rushed to get to another location. We get to take our time and enjoy the scenery. I highly recommend this tour. We will definitely book with them again when we go back to Calgary.

Joey with get your guide was the highlight of our trip to Canada. He was dedicated to making sure my husband and I had a fun and memorable trip to Lake Louise, Lake Moraine and Banff. We would highly recommend contacting get your guide in Calgary and cross your fingers Joey will be your guide.