Banff Adventures - Summer Wildlife Tours

Banff National Park is one of Canada's best places to observe a variety of wildlife in nature firsthand. Our guided tours explore the natural habitats of animals such as elk, deer, and bighorn sheep thriving in the Rockies. Take a trip (guided or self-guided tour options) to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary just outside Banff to more about how wolves survive in the wild.

Explore the rugged terrains of Banff and Kananaskis for a wildlife safari to observe the wildlife native to the area. Come discover the diversity of life teeming in the Canadian Rockies!

WILDLIFE TOURS

Our sightseeing and wildlife tours travel through a variety of landscapes giving you the best chance to observe animals. Learn about the challenges of protecting animals and their habitat in Banff National Park and how the management of those animals has changed over the years. To book the Discover Grizzly Bear Tour or Wildlife Safari you must have a minimum of 4 adults as the tours are now private.

 

WILDLIFE TOURS

WOLFDOG SANCTUARY

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

From

$58

The sanctuary offers a range of tours to educate the public on wolfdogs. Multiple times available

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EVENING WILDLIFE SAFARI

Understand the land and animals

From

$56

Observe animals in their natural environment. We see animals on 95% of our tours.

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DISCOVER GRIZZLY BEARS

guaranteed bear sighting

From

$230

Enjoy a full day sightseeing and intrepretive tour and visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge to see 'Boo'

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Kicking Horse Gondola & Grizzly Bear Refuge

Soar to the top of Kicking Horse

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$44

Enjoy the spectacular gondola views and then check out the Grizzly Bear refuge

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Wildlife Tours in Banff

As Banff National Park and Jasper National Park were declared UNESCO Heritage Sites, wildlife in this part of the world has been protected from poaching and other common dangers they may typically encounter in other parts of the world. Banff has over 50 different mammal species ranging from quite large to very small. Bears, wildcats, deer, elk, wolves, mountain sheep, and rabbits prefer to inhabit the forests while beavers, frogs, moose, cranes, and eagles prefer to remain in the wetland regions. While all of these animals may not be visible at all times throughout the year, you'll often be able to glimpse the more prominent creatures wandering through the townsite of Banff.

 

What to expect

Wildlife tours are some of the best ways to learn about our natural environment. Experience the unique privilege of observing mammals, birds and other wildlife up close and personal…from a respectful distance, of course! Learn how these animals have evolved to adapt over time, with the changes to our climate as well as the landscape as humans have learned to coexist with animals, especially in protected areas such our National Parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kinds of animals live in the Canadian Rockies?
    Too numerous to list here! Grizzly bears and black bears, cougars, lynx, red foxes, river otters, coyotes, elk and white-tailed deer, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, pika, beavers, porcupines, squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe hares, frogs, snakes, salamanders, bald eagles, golden eagles, great horned owls, spruce grouses, white-tailed ptarmigans, bohemian waxwings, and evening grosbeaks...are just a few.
  2. Is it safe to bring my children on a wildlife tour?
    Most definitely! Our tour guides are well-versed in animal personalities and we never allow our visitors to experience danger when viewing wildlife.
  3. Are we allowed to take pictures of the animals we encounter/see?
    We encourage it! There may be moments when we politely request you not leave the safety of the tour vehicle or group, but you’ll still be able to enjoy watching them from a safe distance.

 

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