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Sightseeing & Tours

Neil Zeller, Travel Alberta

Sightseeing and Tours

The landscape was unfamiliar and lunar-like. You felt as if you were in another world. Blue ice covered the endless expanses around you, and cracks stretched in every direction. The scale of the ice field seemed impossibly large, as did the dark peaks of mountains jutting from the horizon. It felt so humbling to be amongst such immense forces of nature. 

Whether you’d like to explore the otherworldly expanses of the Columbia Icefields, hike into the high alpine around Banff, or enjoy a pristine lake by boat, there are many activity operators and tour companies in Banff & Lake Louise that can help enhance your experience. Guides and tour companies are a great option if you would like to explore Banff & Lake Louise’s hidden spots without having to make the bookings and arrangements yourself. They are also invaluable when you want the added safety and expertise of experienced and knowledgeable guides. 

The options for guided sightseeing and tours in Banff & Lake Louise are near endless. They include ice walking tours on the Columbia Icefields, heli-hiking tours, guided hikes and walks, boat tours on Lake Minnewanka, and guided sightseeing. Tour bookings can be made in advance, or you can drop-in on the day, depending on the activity and availability.

  • Ice Explorer Tours

    Experience one of the most impressive glaciers in North America up close on a variety of tours at the Columbia Icefield. 

    Rather than merely admiring it from a distance, why don’t you stand and walk on the glacier itself? It’s an awe-inspiring experience and will give you a real understanding of the immense scale of these ice-fields.  

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  • Heli Hiking & Tours

    Fly amongst the mountain peaks and glaciers then start your hike high in the alpine. 

    Imagine hopping onto a helicopter and soaring high above Banff National Park, gazing down on glistening lakes, rugged peaks, and imposing glaciers, before touching down and starting your hike in the alpine wonderland. 

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  • Hiking & Walking Tours

    Enhance your walking or hiking experience with a guided tour.

    Whether you’d like to summit a mountain or learn more about the history of Banff National Park, there are many hiking and walking guided tours that can help make your experience safer and more fulfilling. 

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  • Boat Tours

    Cruise the stunningly scenic Lake Minnewanka by boat. 

    Lake Minnewanka is the only lake in Banff National Park open to public motorized boating. Make the most of the rugged mountain backdrop and the lake’s interesting history with a guided boat tour. 

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  • Guided Sightseeing

    Make sure you catch all the must-see sights on a guided sightseeing trip. 

    Sparkling emerald lakes, rugged mountain settings, sweeping vistas; see the iconic sights of Banff & Lake Louise on a guided sightseeing tour. 

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