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Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

1. Banff: Family Friendly Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Start your tour in Banff, where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in for your sleigh ride. Now it's time to climb into the sleigh and get cozy with your loved ones under a cozy wool blanket. Hear the tinkling of sleigh bells, as the horses lead you on a journey through Banff's mountain meadows. Along the way, listen to stories from your guide and soak in the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains, while keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife, such as elk and deer. Finish your memorable excursion with a fireside warm-up stop after the ride, where you can toast a marshmallow and enjoy a warm drink back at the stables.

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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

2. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer & Skywalk

Begin your unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center. Meet your guide, who will take you to the Athabasca Glacier. At the scheduled time, board your Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specifically designed for glacial travel, and set off on an exciting ride. During your ride, hear stories and facts about the Columbia Icefield and the glaciers around you. Once on the Glacier, hop off the vehicle to walk on the extremely thick, 25,000-year-old ice and drink cold, pure water from the glacier itself. This is an experience you will never forget. Then, take a short ride to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk. Heighten your senses by walking on a platform where only glass separates you from a 918-foot (279-meter) drop. Marvel at the spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and the Sunwapta River with its waterfalls.

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Cochrane: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Tour

3. Cochrane: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Tour

Visit one of the largest sanctuaries in Canada and hear about the mission of this wolfdog rescue organization. Learn about wolfdogs during a 30-minute presentation and go inside one of the wolfdog enclosures behind a short barrier. An experienced staff member will safely lead you through the enclosure during the tour. Enjoy a self-guided sanctuary walk either before or after your tour.  Take photographs of one of the packs of wolfdogs from inside their enclosure and ask the wolfdog experts any questions you may have. Please note that there is no interaction with the wolfdogs on this tour.

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Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

4. Jasper: Maligne Valley Wildlife Watching & Boat Tour

Experience magical mountains, alpine meadows and thrilling rivers on this 5.5-hour tour to the Maligne Valley from Jasper. Part of the Jasper National Park, the valley is home to magnificent lakes and outstanding hiking trails. Following a pick-up from your Jasper hotel, you will go on a short hike past the sheer 100-foot walls of Maligne Canyon. Then, take a scenic drive to Maligne Lake and the "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Look out for elk and moose as you drive. Maligne Lake is the second largest glacial fed lake in the world. It drains into the Maligne River and continues down to Medicine Lake. You will visit what is arguably the most extensive karst system - or underground river system - in Canada. An underground network of caves remains largely out of reach to visitors, keeping it a mystery for future exploration. Your professional guide will expand on this inscrutable place during an immersive narrative. During the summer season you can join an inclusive boat cruise to Spirit Island, the only means of reaching the isolated island, for serene views of the stunning alpine scenery. During the rest of the year you can enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop. Depending on the time of the year, you will enjoy wildlife viewings in the area around Maligne Canyon, including moose, sheep, caribou and bears. Jump back on the bus for your return journey and hotel drop-off in Jasper, at the heart of Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain national park.

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Jasper National Park Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

5. Jasper National Park Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

Greet your local guide at your accommodation, step on board your comfortable sightseeing vehicle and embark on a wonderful winter journey through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in Western Canada. Your knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out all of the Parks most iconic creatures. Big or small, elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park and how they survive the mountain winters. Well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area your guides are happy to answer any and all questions. With small group sizes guaranteed, no question or request will go unanswered. Have your camera ready, as you travel through the Athabasca Valley. Make stops at various locations to document the stunning winter vistas. Spare yourself the stress of driving Winter roads and join a friendly local guide on this informative and relaxing morning tour.

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Banff: Winter Wildlife and Sightseeing Minibus Tour

6. Banff: Winter Wildlife and Sightseeing Minibus Tour

Get ready to explore the best of Banff, as you discover the history of the Bow Valley. Be picked up from your hotel in a modern minibus by your guide, and start your 3-hour experience. Learn about local wildlife while you keep watch for elk, deer, and bighorn sheep.  Visit frozen Bow Falls, where many iconic movies from the 1950s were filmed. See the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the Castle of the Rockies. Stop at Lake Minnewanka, and learn the importance of wildlife management practices from your expert guide. Be amazed by iconic views from Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos Lookout. There will be plenty of stops along the route for you to enjoy the sights, snap photos, and walk to incredible viewpoints. At the end of your tour you'll be dropped off back in Banff.

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Banff: Romantic Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

7. Banff: Romantic Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Start your tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office who will check you in for your sleigh ride. Now it's time to climb into the sleigh and get cozy with your loved one under the authentic buffalo robe. Hear the tinkling of sleigh bells as the horse begins your journey through Banff's mountain meadows. Along the way, listen to stories from your guide and see some of Banff's most iconic mountain peaks including Rundle Mountain and Cascade Mountain. Soak in the spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains while keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as elk and deer. Enjoy a delicious alcoholic beverage and chocolates to enjoy at your leisure along the ride. Stop to warm up beside a fire after the ride where you can toast a marshmallow and enjoy a warm drink back at the stables.

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From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

8. From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears as you drive along scenic, winding Bow Valley Parkway. Your guide will share stories on Banff National Park, its history and the local animals on the way. Arrive at iconic Lake Louise after a scenic stop along the Bow Valley Parkway to admire the views of Castle Mountain. Your 30-minute visit at the lake gives you plenty of time to wander the famous shoreline, take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier, and admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Next, your guide will take you to Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake from the shoreline. After a 30-minute stop here, your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.

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Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

9. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Using a step, climb onto your horse under the direction of your guide, and learn some basic horseback riding techniques. Follow your guide along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin Hot springs - the original birthplace of Banff National Park. This area is home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. Enjoy unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains along the way. After 1 hour of scenic horseback riding, return to the stables, where you'll disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

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Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

10. Banff: Evening Wildlife Safari Guided Tour

Go on an evening wildlife safari tour and discover the animals of Banff. Led by your expert guide, experience twilight wildlife encounters.  As the sun sets behind the craggy peaks, the wildlife of Banff National Park become more active in the cool hours before dark. Get the chance to be up close with some of Banff’s wildest residents. Spot an elk sauntering across a clearing or a bighorn sheep grazing in an alpine meadow. Sometimes, you may even see a grizzly bear snuffling through a berry bush.  Have your guide take you on a paved road bus tour where you are most likely to see Rocky Mountain creatures. Learn about how the park protects these animals and their natural habitat from many threats to the ecosystem.

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What people are saying about Alberta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 156 reviews

This was our first time horseback riding so we were a bit nervous but the team was so good at explaining everything and the horses were extremely well-trained!!!! It was soooo easy to navigate them. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

Wonderful sunny day for the tour. The tour guide Rob was very good at story telling the whole ride there and back. The tour bus goes slowly on the highway which is good otherwise we'd be bounching off our seats.

What a great ride! Staff were friendly, fun and knowledgeable! Only disappointed because it was cloudy and difficult to see the mountains but weather control is obviously not their fault AT ALL

We saw some wapiti deer, eagles, sheep and also a grizzly. The tour guide listened to our requests and we always had enough time to take photos and ask questions.

Our tour guide was great! Saw lots of animals even though it was really cold