Banff National Park is 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 and along the Bow River. Take a trip to the Grizzly Bear Refuge in Kicking Horse to visit Boo the orphaned Grizzly Bear and learn about bear behaviours, or take a guided or self-guided tour 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 or travel down the Bow River in a big canoe to observe the wildlife that flocks to the river's edge. 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.

 

WILDLIFE TOURS

WILDLIFE ON THE BOW

Get back to nature

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$54

Join us on a Big Canoe tour and learn about animal behaviors and conservation.

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EVENING WILDLIFE SAFARI

Understand the land and animals

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$56

Observe animals in their natural environment.

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DISCOVER GRIZZLY BEARS

guaranteed bear sighting

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$220

Enjoy a guided interpretive tour to the Grizzly Bear Refuge.

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WILDERNESS & NATURE IN KANANASKIS

Journey into the wild

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$149

A stunning backdrop to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.

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WOLFDOG SANCTUARY

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

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$56

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

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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.

What to Expect

  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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