Private Day Tours

Banff Highlights Half Day Tour

Your tour guide will pick you up from the location of your choice in Banff or Canmore. From the town of Banff, your tour guide will show you all of the must-see locations within the townsite. Visit Surprise Corner for the best views of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, see the towering mountains, learn about the wind-shared hoodoos, see Bow Falls, and experience a scenic drive along Tunnel Mountain Drive.

The highlight of today’s tour is a gentle ride on the Banff Gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for fantastic views of the Bow Valley, interpretive boardwalks, and endless photo opportunities.

For groups who opt out of the Gondola ride, the additional touring time can be spent searching for wildlife photo opportunities.  In Banff, you may see elk, bighorn sheep, or bears. For those who prefer this option, an afternoon start to the tour is recommended as the chances of seeing wildlife are higher in the evening.

About this tour

  • Guided tour of Banff with an interpretive guide (5 hours total)
  • Private vehicle (up to 9 people)
  • Pick up and drop off from Banff or Canmore
  • Banff National Park entrance fees
  • Banff Gondola Admission (Recommended add-on)
  • Tips (not included)
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Day Tour of Banff Itinerary

Your half-day private tour starts in Banff and is the perfect addition for those who are already staying in Banff and have a free day to explore the highlights around town.

In Banff, you’ll stop for extraordinary views and photos at Surprise Corner, learn about the wind-shaped Hoodoos, and feel the spray from powerful Bow Falls. You may wish to ride the Banff Gondola for the best views, or set out in search of wildlife in some quieter spots around town.

*While in Banff, we strongly suggest including the optional Banff Gondola add-on. At the top of Sulphur Mountain, you can visit the Banff Interpretive Center,  take a walk along the boardwalk where you can see the entirety of the Bow Valley, or enjoy a meal at one of the three dining options.

At the end of your tour, your guide will drop you off in the location of your choice in Banff or Canmore.

Our private tours can also include a variety of additional activities by request, such as: river floating, whitewater rafting, Banff Upper Hot Springs, Lake Minnewanka Cruise, or an alpine helicopter ride. Please let us know of any changes you would like to make prior to booking your tour.

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