What to do and see in Canadian Rockies, Canadian Rockies: The Best Private Tours

July 9, 2021 Brandee Mangan

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. Half-Day Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

2801 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 3A2, Canada Freeheelin' Adventures
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Hike through a water sculpted canyon in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near Canmore, Alberta, below the towering Grotto Mountain. Experience a private family friendly adventure that explores pictographs, waterfalls and interesting rock formations such as Hoodoos. This 4-hour, guided tour includes an interpretive component.

Inclusions: Local Guide

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Reviewed By brendaQ816FR

Spent a fun day with Shauna hiking Wasootch Ridge. There were amazing views from the top! Kananaskis has been Shauna's playground for many years and she knows it inside out. She has a wealth of knowledge of the local flora and fauna and this really added to the adventure as I'm a bit of a plant geek. Shauna is a 'safety first' kind of guide and I felt totally at ease hiking in bear country with her. I highly recommend her!

3. 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.

4. 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

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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.

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

Exclusions: Use of bicycle

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. Nature by Nightfall Walking Tour - Headlamps Included

Rotary Friendship Park, 709 A 9 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2V7, Canada Canmore Trails and Tales
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Exploring the Rockies at night is a truly magical experience. The quiet sounds of nature, the amazing starlit skies! Nature like you have never seen it before! Head lamps supplied upon request.

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Reviewed By Z8763IAcodym

Booked a guided hike as a birthday present for my fiancé. Neither of us are expert hikers but Jacob made the experience very comfortable and fun. He was very knowledgeable about the area and it’s history and a really great guide overall! Hoping to come back for another tour in the summer.

8. 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)

9. 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

10. Listen to a Tour Guide as you Drive between Lake Louise and Calgary

Lake Louise, AB, Canada GPS-Guided Audio Driving & Walking Tours
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Use your smartphone & vehicle's stereo to make your drive come alive! Using GPS, our fun game show host like tour guides will transform this beautiful drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure! Enhance your drive between destinations, or use as a one way stand alone tour. Hear about stop-worthy things to see & do, local animals, popular people, historical events & more. Over 45 points of interest will keep you entertained and take your road trip to the next level! Route. Trans-Canada Highway 1 between Lake Louise & Calgary. Travel in either direction. Freedom. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start/stop anywhere. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun trivia question included in the audio. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle.

Inclusions: Hands free (audio plays automatically), 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, Transportation (use your own vehicle)

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