A Bull elk in Banff National Park
A grizzly bear in Banff National Park
A group of big horn sheep in Banff National Park

Get Wild!

A 'wild' weekend in Banff National Park


Itinerary Details

Activity Level
May - Sep
10 - 60 mins drive

Everyone visiting Banff wants to catch sight of our beautiful wildlife. Check out this wildlife inspired itinerary to guarantee you make the most of your time in Banff. 

Day 1

If you are heading to Banff from Calgary, take the scenic route and drop by the Wolfdog Sanctuary. This non-profit Sanctuary is dedicated to driving awareness and education surrounding wolfdog ownership. Take an interactive tour and get the chance to go into the enclosure with the Wolfdogs. Alternatively, go at your own pace to view the Wolfdogs and take a self guided walk around the sanctuary.

After a beautiful drive into the Rocky Mountains, get settled in Banff and take in some of the local sights such as Cascade Gardens, the Bow Falls and take a walk along the Bow River. Banff also has an abundance of restaurants to chose from if you are feeling hungry! Check out our places to eat page to give you some inspiration.  

Start your evening by joining Banff’s very popular Evening Wildlife Safari. Guides will take you for a tour around the local area in search of wildlife. Routes change daily depending on where wildlife has been spotted. While wildlife cannot be guaranteed on this tour, the guides offer a brilliant interpretive tour along the way and are super knowledgeable - so ask away all your wildlife questions! 

Wolfdog Sanctuary

From $29
Visit the Wolfdog Sanctuary and learn about their special traits and unique needs.

Evening Wildlife Safari

From: $66
Your best chance to get up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents.

Day 2

Today is the day you get to meet Boo the Grizzly Bear! The Discover Grizzly Bears Tour is a sure-fire way to get to see a grizzly bear up close on your trip. Boo, who was rescued as a cub, is located at Kicking Horse Mountain in the largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat in the world. You will learn all sorts of fascinating information from an interpretive tour conducted by a knowledgeable guide which focuses on grizzly bear behaviour and natural history. 

After meeting Boo, you will soar up the Purcell Mountains up to 7,700 feet in an enclosed Gondola. Experience a gourmet lunch and stunning views of the Canadian Rockies at Eagle’s Eye, Canada’s highest restaurant. On the way home, you will stop to marvel the green colours of Emerald lake and take a short stroll. Your last stop before home will be Takakkaw Falls to see Canada’s second highest waterfall tumbling 254m (830 feet) in one stretch and 384m (1,260 feet) in total. 

Discover Grizzly Bear Tour

From $289
Meet Boo at the Grizzly Bear refuge! This full day excursion is not to be missed.

Day 3

On your last day in Banff, head to the Lake Louise Gondola and drive down the Bow Valley Parkway for even more chances to see wildlife. At the Gondola, take in breathtaking alpine views and keep your eyes peeled for bears and other local wildlife. Combine the Gondola with the Breakfast or Lunch package to really make the most of your trip. 

End your day with a peaceful Big Canoe tour and learn fun facts about animal habitats, behaviors and conservation on the Wildlife on the Bow Tour. Paddle up the scenic Bow River while searching for bald eagles, elk, muskrats and "Barry" our resident beaver.

Lake Louise Gondola

From $62
Ride the Lake Louise Summer Gondola taking in breathtaking views.

Big Canoe Tours

From $67
A fun way to explore the beautiful waterways of Banff National Park.
  • Wildlife tours are very poplar. We'd recommend booking in advance to secure your spots.
  • Although Boo is generally always out to foraging or playing in his refuge, there is a rare chance he may not be visible when you visit. You can take the tour again for free to see Boo.
  • On all of the tours, wildlife viewings are not guarenteed but we will try our best.
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