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  • Address: Tarns-Canada Highway, Banff T1A 1A5, Canada
  • Admission: Free

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Rocky Mountains Tours

Alberta’s stunning Rocky Mountains are one of the biggest attractions in the province. Protected by Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Canadian Rockies run along the border of British Columbia and Alberta through a landscape of glaciers, snow-capped mountain peaks, hot springs, and turquoise lakes.


The Basics

Outdoor adventure is the name of the game in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The menu of activities is extensive; you can take a bus tour along the Icefields Parkway to tour the Columbia Icefield, go whitewater rafting on the Fraser River, embark on a guided hike through the alpine wilderness of Banff National Park, walk above the Athabasca Glacier on the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk, or sit back and enjoy the twists and turns of the roads from the seat of a sidecar.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Rocky Mountains are a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for traversing uneven surfaces.
  • Dress in layers; the weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable.
  • Cellphone reception outside of towns can be unreliable.
  • Rocky Mountains tours typically include pickup and drop-off in Banff or Jasper.


How to Get There

The commercial airport closest to the Canadian Rockies is Edmonton International Airport, about four hours from Jasper. The easiest way to explore the region is by renting a car and driving, but you can also opt for day tours from Banff or Jasper.


When to Get There

While the Canadian Rockies are a four-season destination, winters are long and chilly (perfect for winter adventures), with snow covering the ground well into April and even May. Late June to mid September is the best season for hiking, and crowds begin to thin out in September and October. Expect crowds during the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival (January) and the Calgary Stampede (July).


Visiting Canadian National Parks

Like their U.S. counterparts, national parks in Canada require an entrance fee paid at the park gate or visitor center. If you’re planning to visit multiple parks in the Rockies, like Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Kootenay National Park, or Yoho National Park, consider a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, an annual pass that gets you into any of Canada’s national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.

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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff, Banff, null
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.89
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff, Banff, Day Trips
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.89
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff, Banff, Ski & Snow
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 163 Reviews

Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, with its backdrop of the glistening Victoria Glacier, on a full-day guided coach tour from Banff. Marvel at ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $128.06
Banff City Sightseeing Tour, Banff, Day Trips
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Discover the Canadian Rockies' favorite resort town and its beautiful environment on a 4-hour guided tour of Banff. You'll visit the intriguing hoodoos earth ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $106.44
Whitewater Rafting on Jasper's Fraser River, Jasper, Half-day Tours
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Whitewater Rafting on Jasper's Fraser River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Take an exhilarating ride down Jasper's mighty Fraser River on this whitewater rafting adventure. You'll have a heart-pumping time rafting down Class-3 rapids ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.45
Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper, Jasper, White Water Rafting
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Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Tour the scenic roads of the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with sidecar, driven by a professional. Ride to your ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $115.43
Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch, Banff, Motorcycle Tours
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Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Get out in Canada’s crisp mountain air on one of these four iconic hikes in the Banff and Lake Louise areas of Alberta. The Canadian Rockies offer a dramatic ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.32

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