Things to do in Canadian Rockies, Canadian Rockies: The Best Sightseeing Tours

September 17, 2021 Mollie Coke

From Alberta’s southwestern border north into British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies are a network of provincial and national parks that collectively make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff and Jasper national parks are connected by the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. The towns of Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are hubs for adventures including hiking, horseback riding, rafting and wildlife viewing. Accommodation ranges from hotels to mountain lodges.
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1. Banff At First Light Private Tour

Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures
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It’s early morning. The sky is in pure darkness, and you’re surrounded by stillness. You, alongside your local photographer guide, are out on-location to shoot one of nature’s greatest shows: sunrise. Take in the icons of Banff National Park as many don’t see them. Focus in as the first light of morning casts it’s warm glow on Mount Rundle from Two Jack Lake and Vermilion Lakes. The tour will then head to one or two more locations, depending on time and light conditions. Your guide’s know-how and extensive experience in the Park will show you the way, giving you absolute peace of mind that you’re at the very best location and primed to get the photo result you’re striving for. All this, while taking in your serene surroundings - making a memorable experience for any photographer.

Inclusions: Professional photographer guide, Use of Tripod, Use of Landscape filters, Snacks

Exclusions: Gratuities, Breakfast, Bottled water

Reviewed By nandot735

Had a great full day of shooting iconic locations while in the Banff area with Mark Unrau. He knows the area well and knows photography. He helped me with composition, technique and he freely shared his experiences and knowledge with me. I highly recommend RMPA if you are looking to shoot beautiful landscapes and improve your skills! Mark is a great communicator, easy to talk to and very personable.

2. Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

Beyond Banff
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                                                                      Private Banff and Lake Louise Tour Private Tour of the Banff area, Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 10 guests. Free pickup at your accommodation in Canmore or Banff. Stops include; Lake Minnewanka,Two Jack Lake, Norquay Lookout, Bow Falls, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. Customizable itinerary and start times.

Inclusions: Private Tour for up to 10 guests, Private Driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned SUV or 15 passenger mini bus., Direct pickup and drop off at Canmore / Banff accommodations., Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By GQ0091

Robbie was incredible tour guide. From his knowledge about wildlife, to scenic views, this is one of the best private tours I have ever experienced. I even booked the trip to get engaged and Robbie provided pictures and updates about potential spots. Could not imagine a better day/tour. Highly recommend.

3. Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests

Beyond Banff
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                                                                      Private Banff and Lake Louise Tour 4 - 11 Guests Private small group mini bus Tour of the Banff area, Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 11 guests.  Morning stops include; Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Norquay Lookout, Bow Falls, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake Afternoon stops include Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake Lake. Ask about adding stops in Yoho National Park to the itinerary! Takakkaw Falls, Natural bridge and Emerald Lake. Customizable itinerary and start times, free pickup in Canmore, Banff. Moraine Lake is open Late May to October, weather permitting.

Inclusions: up to 11 guests, Private Driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned Mini Bus, water and snacks, Direct pickup and drop off at accommodations., Snacks, Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By GQ0091

Robbie was incredible tour guide. From his knowledge about wildlife, to scenic views, this is one of the best private tours I have ever experienced. I even booked the trip to get engaged and Robbie provided pictures and updates about potential spots. Could not imagine a better day/tour. Highly recommend.

4. 6 Day Rocky Mountain Explorer Private Tour

Beautiful Vancouver Explorer
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Explore the best of the Canadian Rockies with a Local Guide. This amazing tour will take you from the beautiful city of Vancouver on the Pacific Northwest to the famed majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta. At the Canadian Rockies, be awed by the size of the mountain ranges and peaks; the sheer beauty of its canyons, waterfalls, turquoise lakes; its mighty glaciers; and unique flora and fauna. You will visit Banff, Jasper, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Lake Peyto, Johnston Canyon, and Maligne Lake. Enjoy hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, or a lake cruise. At Kamloops, see unique arid desert landscape, flora and fauna. Trek up canyons; walk iced trails; canoe on turquoise lakes; ride gondolas, dog sleds, and monster vehicle. View wildlife. NOTE: You have to arrange your own accommodation in Golden, Banff, Jasper & Kamloops. Alternatively, we can arrange your accommodation and you pay when you check out.

Inclusions: Private tour, just you and your group, Private driver/guide, Insightful live commentary in English on board, tailored to your group's interest, Private transport by air-conditioned luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, Bottled water, Hotel/port pickup and drop-off, Winery tour and wine tasting in Kamloops, Entrance fees to the Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, and Jasper National Park, Entrance to the Cave & Basin Historic Site, Banff, Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, Banff

Exclusions: Gratuities, Hotel accommodation (you have to book your own accommodation), All other out of pocket expenses

Reviewed By 1971RustyM

It was just to sad too much tourist when we went here but we took the bike around this place, amazing amazing LOVE CANADA :)

5. 3hr Private Mountain Bike Tour in Jasper National Park

Journey Bike Guides inc
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A private authentic adventure just for you. A unique experience tailored to your ability level. All of our guides are certified with PMBIA and Advanced wilderness First Aid.

Inclusions: Tools, First aid kit, maps, bear spray, ect all carried by guide

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Reviewed By Alec L

We booked a tour around the Jasper trails with Elissa. We weren’t sure what to expect but Elissa took care of everything. We took our own bikes so got set off promptly North out of Jasper along the Athabasca River along bridle ways and mixed use trails, we then returned to loop around Beauvert lake and back in to Jasper. The trails were XC focused with relatively little climbing but enough tech bits to keep things interesting. We were a mixed ability group and everyone came away with a big smile on their face. Elissa was a great guide and gave us a few tips for our onward journey to Vancouver Island via Whistler. I would highly recommend to anyone as the scenery spectacular and the ride is as difficult as you want to make it.

6. Cowboys and Coal Mines - 1.5 hrs Walking Tour

Rotary Friendship Park, 709 A 9 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2V7, Canada Canmore Trails and Tales
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Join our local guides for an immersive historical walking tour of Canmore. Learn about the hardy pioneers, wild cowboys, and loyal miners who came together to create a community that just wouldn't quit! Time: 1.5 hour round trip Distance: 3-5km / 2-3mi Elevation: Mostly flat

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Reviewed By m-1abdul

It was such an amazing night. We were so lucky to have a private tour by Jacob. He was amazingly knowledgeable, understanding and funny. I would recommend anyone who loves to watch the stars, walk in nature and get lost in the moment where you can forget your daily challenges. It was one of the most beautiful and breathtaking experiences we have ever experienced.

7. Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

Driverseat Calgary
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Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the Lake Louise, Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary, or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start you trip from your Hotel (7:00am) • First Up, we'll visit Moraine Lake. (30 Mins) • Then will head to Lake Louise. (30 Mins) • Banff Town: The Biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants wait for your discovery.(Stop here for 2 Hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 15 mins) • Surprise Corner: (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5pm.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Air-conditioned vehicle, Parking Fees, Banff National Park Fee, And A Smile!

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch, GST (Goods and Services Tax), Banff Gondola Ride Tickets, Child Seat

Reviewed By Mosaic-PCN

Rahul went over and beyond when helping us (Mosaic PCN) to get a patient to a medical appointment during the Covid pandemic. The patient called after her appointment and said that Rahul was on time, polite, courteous and a pleasure to speak to. We all really appreciated the help! Would highly recommend his services!

8. Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing

ABest Transport and Tour Services
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Experience the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to Banff National Park – Lake Louise. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s best destination spots. Whether you only have a short stay in Calgary, ABest Experience™ is here to make your trip a memorable one. No Rush ... No Hassle sightseeing tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake is the highlights of this 10 hour (approx.) Day Tour from Calgary. 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 Private Tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Inclusions: Private Transportation in Van | SUV, GST (Goods and Services Tax), Park Entrance Fee, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Entrance Fee for Banff Gondola Ride | Lake Louise Gondola Ride, Canoe, Kayak, and Boat Rental

Reviewed By 773katelynw

I had the best tour guide ever! He showed me around Calgary and we even got peters drive in! If you can request to get Aljay do it! He rocks ☺️

9. The Sights of Canmore GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour

909A Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P4, Canada The Sights of Canmore GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you explore Canmore! Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play! On this 5 km (return) sightseeing tour, we'll point out must-see sights, attractions & sculptures, as well as explore historical buildings from Canmore's coal mining days. Highlights include Policeman's Creek Boardwalk, the Canmore Miner's Union Hall, NWMP Barracks & more! Don't just see the sights of Canmore, hear what they have to say! The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go! Getting started is easy, just book the tour, download the app and go. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour too.

Inclusions: Take as long as you like to complete the tour, Lifetime Tour Access on Tripvia Tours app for Android & iOS, Download on WIFI before (no signal required or data used during tour), Customer Service via Phone & Email

Exclusions: Attraction tickets, Smartphone or tablet, Headphones (optional - audio will play from device speaker too)

10. The Sights of Banff GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour

12 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T0L, Canada The Sights of Banff GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you explore incredible Banff! Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play! On this 5 km (return) sightseeing tour, you'll explore Banff's past as well as it's present as we point out historical buildings, sculptures, sights & attractions. Highlights include the Banff Administration Building, Luxton Home Museum, Central Park & the Cascades of Time Gardens! Don't just see the beauty of Banff, hear what it has to say! The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go! Getting started is easy, just book the tour, download the app and go. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour too.

Inclusions: Lifetime Tour Access on Tripvia Tours app for Android & iOS, Download on WIFI before (no signal required or data used during tour), Take as long as you like to complete the tour., Customer Service via Phone & Email

Exclusions: Smartphone or tablet, Headphones (optional - audio will play from device speaker too), Attraction tickets

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