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Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

1. Banff: Morning or Afternoon Johnston Canyon Icewalk

Start with pickup from Banff and travel in a modern minibus along the Bow Valley Parkway to the Canyon. On arrival at the Johnston Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. From here, start the moderate 2.7 kilometer hike with 135 meter elevation to the Upper Falls. Walk along the steel catwalks built into the canyon walls which allows a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. Along the way you'll learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed and stop at the Lower Falls, where you'll have the option to walk through a natural cave feature for a unique view. At the Upper Falls, enjoy a brief stop on the upper deck with a small refreshment break to enjoy the views. These gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns. Once you've finished your hot chocolate, hike back down and your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

2. From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

Join this daily tour to discover Jasper National Park and its wildlife. Take a 3.5-hour scenic drive in a comfortable sightseeing vehicle to explore the park with a knowledgeable driver/guide. Learn the history, geology, and ecology of the area, as you keep a look out for the diverse wildlife that inhabits the region. Be amazed by the beautiful scenery and see the rich diversity of the national park. Your guide is trained to seek out the park’s most iconic creatures, so you can view animals in their natural habitat. Have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Jasper.

Canadian Rockies: Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Helicopter Tour

3. Canadian Rockies: Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Helicopter Tour

Start the day at the base with a hearty hot buffet that might include stew, chili or soup with freshly made bread, dessert and a side salad, veggies or fruit. Then, embark on your helicopter flight over Abraham Lake. Fly over the Canadian Rockies to Landslide Lake for breathtaking views and an experience you will never forget. Admire the impressive fierceness of the massive mountains as you fly close to them. Pass over 6 different astonishing glaciers surrounded by frozen lakes and waterfalls.  After landing at Landslide Lake, go on a guided snowshoe tour with complimentary hot chocolate and Irish cream. Then, head back to base by Helicopter taking a different route back with equally spectacular views of the Rockies and valleys. When you return to base, take a seat around a fire to warm up your toes. Roast some marshmallows as you enjoy complimentary coffee or tea. Finally, take a guided tour of the Bubbles on Abraham Lake. Marvel at this natural phenomenon of methane gas getting trapped in the ice, a mesmerizing sight that makes for great pictures and attracts a lot of attention on social media platforms.

Banff: Johnston Canyon Hike to the Ink Pots

4. Banff: Johnston Canyon Hike to the Ink Pots

Hike up through Johnston's Canyon on walkways extended into the canyon. Enjoy beautiful views while passing waterfalls or icefalls, depending on the time of year. Walk through the home of the migratory and endangered Black Swift. Learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the Canadian Rockies. After hiking through the canyon enjoy the quiet hum of the forest before arriving at a cool spring, the Ink Pots, with great views of Mt. Ishbel. Enjoy some time to relax at the Ink Pots before returning back to the carpark.

Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

5. Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Calgary, in a unique and engaging way as you tour through the city in a vintage-styled sidecar motorcycle. Enjoy 360-degree views and perfect photo angles during this stylish and comfortable ride. Meet your expert driver-guide at the downtown hotel or at the base of the Calgary Tower to begin your tour. Your first stop will be at the Fort Calgary - the birthplace of Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, where you will discover the heritage connection between the northwest Mounted Police and the Indigenous Peoples. Then, head to Scotsman’s Hill, from where you will be able to see the Stampede Grounds, the Saddledome, the National Music Centre, and the Calgary Tower. From there, enjoy the ride through the rejuvenated East Village to highlight the art and community engagement strategies of this progressive city. Next, make a stop on Crescent Road for views of Downtown and the Rocky Mountains that anchor our horizon. Drive down Centre Street to experience the diversity of the city, and glimpse the iconic Wonderland art installation, while you wave up at the visitors on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower. Finally, return to your pick-up location where your tour will end.

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based on 7 reviews

We were fortunate to see Golden eagles, a mule deer, and a mama black bear with 3 cubs. Our guide, Dave, was knowledgeable, entertaining, and passionate about the wildlife of the area. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that a highly recommend.

Excellent, saw many of the animals we expected to see, and a bonus of black bear right next to the bus doors, amazing. Sadly no grizzly or moose but the guide tried his best and overrun the time trying to find them.

Yvon knows how to find all wildlife and also to tell you everything about nature and the animals. She also takes all the time for it, so the tour lasts longer so that you can see the bears well.

My husband and I took our 12-year-old grandson. We all loved it! Great information about the city, congenial and knowledgeable guides/drivers, safe and comfortable ride. Highly recommend!

Highly recommend, we spotted a bear, mountain goats and a moose. Our guide gave us a lot of interesting information.