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Bow River Tours and Activities

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What begins as a drip of water from the melting Bow Glacier turns into the stunningly beautiful Bow River, which flows slowly and steadily through the Rockies in Canada’s oldest national park. The river also flows through Banff, Canmore and Calgary, making it a constant presence on any journey through southern Alberta.

The best way to appreciate the beauty of Bow River is by heading out on the wheelchair-friendly walking and cycling path in downtown Banff to complete the short trip to Bow Falls. Countless picnic tables and park benches make Bow Falls an ideal lunch spot, and float trips, in giant inflatable rafts, begin right at the base of the falls, too. Both wildlife and wildflowers are often seen along the river, where canoe trips are popular. The river is divided into three half-day canoeing sections, all of which require intermediate experience: Lake Louise to Castle Junction, Castle Junction to Banff and Bow Falls to Canmore.

The Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic route between the town of Banff and Lake Louise, offers plenty of photo-worthy riverside stops, but one of the most spectacular is right where the Bow River flows beneath the towering walls of Castle Mountain, near Castle Junction.

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Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

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Discover Banff National Park at your own pace with a ticket for the Hop-On bus. Buy your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot on the shuttle that zips around to attractions in the park not easily accessible without wheels. The modern school bus style shuttle goes between the town of Banff, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Samson Mall, and the Lake Louise gondola. You choose where to visit and when. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

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Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake on this guided tour from Banff. Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. Gain insight into the area’s mountaineering history, admire views of the Valley of Ten Peaks and leave with plenty of frame-worthy photos. Round-trip transportation is included on this small-group tour. Don’t miss this seasonal tour that operates from April to November.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk

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Discover one of Banff National Park’s most popular hiking trails at night, without the fear of getting lost, during this small-group tour. Equipped with a headlight, explore Johnston Canyon with a guide leading the way, and marvel at shimmering frozen waterfalls and hike along a suspended catwalk. Then, take a break to warm up mid-route with hot chocolate and maple cookies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Discover Lake Louise & Snowshoeing

Discover Lake Louise & Snowshoeing

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Widely considered the Banff National Park’s top attraction, Lake Louise is transformed in winter into a snowy wonderland—but booking transportation to reach it independently from Banff is time-consuming. This hassle-free transfer service includes round-trip travel from central Banff, with interpretive commentary from your guide along the way. Enjoy free time to explore Lake Louise at leisure, with snow-shoes and warming refreshments included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Deluxe Evening Tour to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with Dinner

Deluxe Evening Tour to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with Dinner

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Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are widely considered the most beautiful corners of the Banff National Park, but their popularity means they can get busy with nature-loving sightseers. On this tour, visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the evening and admire the scenery when the crowds have gone. Spot native wildlife along the Bow Valley Parkway and enjoy dinner in a log cabin in the Baker Creek Mountain Resort.
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  • 6 hours
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Full Day Adventure Tour | Banff, Lake Louise & Johnston Canyon | Winter

Full Day Adventure Tour | Banff, Lake Louise & Johnston Canyon | Winter

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Radventures presents: The Best of Banff, featuring 3 fun winter activities! With so many amazing things to do and see in Banff & the Rockies, the best way to experience it all is to join us on our do-it-all in one epic day tour. This full-day tour provides you with lots of opportunities to explore Banff National Park, enjoying our winter wonderland with ice-skating on Lake Louise, snowshoeing one of our local secret trails & exploring the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. Along the way, we'll make stops at all the famous spots as well as some that only locals know about. There is so much to see that cramming it all into one day is tough, but we've got it down to a fine art and we guarantee you'll spend more time exploring outside than in our comfy van. We're always looking to avoid crowds and provide our guests with the most authentic experience, so your expert local guides tailor-make the itinerary each day to maximize adventure time! For more info, please visit our website.
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  • 8 hours
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Tunnel Mountain Trail: a Smartphone Audio Nature Tour

Tunnel Mountain Trail: a Smartphone Audio Nature Tour

Listen to a nature guide through your smartphone as you hike to the incredible summit of Tunnel Mountain following the Tunnel Mountain Trail. On this 4.3 km (return) tour, you'll hear about the famous Banff character Bill Peyto, Sleeping Buffalo, local plants and wildlife, and some Banff Park history. Highlights include the views of the mighty Bow River, Sulphur Mountain, the Town of Banff, and more! The tour also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and guess the answer. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, guide commentary will automatically play! 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 to. *** Please check the condition of the trail before booking, especially in the Fall/Winter/Spring.
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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Johnston Canyon Ice Canyon Hike | Banff

Half Day Johnston Canyon Ice Canyon Hike | Banff

Radventures presents: Johnston Canyon Explorer. Explore Banff National Park's winter wonderland of Johnston Canyon at your own pace on this guided/self-guided hybrid tour. This incredible winter hike features bridges suspended to the canyon walls, taking you across and over cascading waterfalls with pillars of blue ice surrounding you. This tour includes return shared transportation to & from your accommodation in Banff, crampons/ice-cleats hire and the opportunity to explore the magic of Johnston Canyon at your own pace. For more information, please visit the Radventures website.
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  • 3 hours
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The Sights of Banff: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

The Sights of Banff: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you explore incredible Banff! 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! Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play. 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. Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Enjoy anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop & start anywhere along route. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour to.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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What are Bow River hours of operation?
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Bow River hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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