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Canmore: Unleash the Musher 2-Hour Dog Sled Tour

1. Canmore: Unleash the Musher 2-Hour Dog Sled Tour

Explore Spray Valley Provincial Park by dogsled on a family-friendly tour. Perfect for any comfort level, experience how to harness and hook up the team of Alaskan, Siberian, and Seppala Husky dogs. Relax in the sled and admire the view of towering mountains and tree-lined pathways. Meet your guide and get introduced to the friendly sled dogs that will pull you through the northern wilderness. Learn about this traditional winter sport, the dogs, and how to properly hook them up to the sled. Stop and enjoy photo stops and lookout points in the park with peaceful rivers and icy snowbanks. Once the loop is complete, reward the dogs with a cookie and warm up with a hot drink and a small snack.

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Winter Wilderness and Wildlife - Nature Walk

3. Winter Wilderness and Wildlife - Nature Walk

Join your professional guides and naturalists on an adventure into the hidden world of wildlife. They will show you trees that have been scarred by climbing bears, active nests of eagles and ospreys, and fields frequented by elk and wolves. While you can't be guaranteed you'll see animals, you greatly increase your chances by teaming up with an expert. The fun of this tour is its compelling mix of possibility mixed with hands-on experiences. Learn the current trends in wildlife research. What have we learned over the past decade? How are we finding ways to better coexist with the local wildlife population? Hands-on kits provided include an impressive collection of artifacts to add an additional level of excitement. An Intimate Wildlife Experience, Alberta is one of the only places in North America where prairie, boreal forest, and mountain ecosystems meet. As a result, Alberta is home to an abundance and variety of wildlife. More than 400 bird, 90 mammal, 18 reptile and amphibian, 50 fish, and 1800 wild flowering species can be found here.

Banff: Guided Ice Climbing Experience for Beginners

4. Banff: Guided Ice Climbing Experience for Beginners

Get an introduction to the sport of ice climbing with a beginner's ice climbing experience in Banff. Learn everything you need to know from qualified guides before climbing up a frozen waterfall. Meet your guide and head out to your climbing spot for the day. The location of your climb will vary but always takes place within the surrounding countryside and includes sites like the Canmore Junk Yards, Johnston Canyon, and Haffner Creek. Once there, begin with a safety briefing and listen as your guide teaches you about site safety and awareness. Learn how to walk with crampons and how to belay top rope and lead climbers. You'll also discover great tips on swinging the tools and learn about body positioning and movement skills. As the day progresses and time allows, your guide may introduce you to steeper ice techniques, front point techniques, placing ice screws, building anchors and v-thread, as well as mock leads and repelling. Spend a fun day outdoors enjoying the winter environment and getting active, and leave your experience having learned a new set of skills.

Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

5. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

6. Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

Explore the Rat’s Nest Cave on this adventure in Canmore with a guide and safety equipment. Experience the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did, without handrails or walkways. Enjoy an 18-meter rappel and plenty of time to explore passages like the Laundry Chute. Meet your guide to collect your caving equipment and undergo a safety briefing. Then, follow them for a 10-minute drive to the cave parking lot. Suit up in your caving gear and hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the way, listen to stories that tell the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Gain insight into how caves are formed, learn about the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Once at the entrance, climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through the cave's water-worn passages. Your route through the cave gives you a lot of adrenaline-pumping moments including rappelling down an 18-meter drop, passing the Five Way Chamber, crawling through the Laundry Chute, and taking in the Grand Gallery. Finally, make your way to the Grotto, the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal-clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites. Emerge victoriously from the cave with a celebratory high five. Return to the cave parking lot and say goodbye to your guide.

Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour - Ice Cleats Included

7. Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour - Ice Cleats Included

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

8. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Lost Towns and Untold Stories - Hiking Tour

9. Lost Towns and Untold Stories - Hiking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore Wilderness with a guided walking tour of our local trail systems. Adventure down overgrown wagon roads and explore the lost mining towns of the Rockies. There was treasure buried here and with-it legends of mystery and riches that still attract those that seek profit and adventure. Our local guides will take you on a fun wilderness adventure to explore the lost locations and share the tales that have been hidden in the history of the Rocky Mountains! Join us summer and winter on this family fun 3hr adventure.

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What people are saying about Canmore

Hats off to our tourist guide Joey M!! He did an excellent job above and beyond our expectation. Getting this tour is worth it with all the convenience fr the hotel pick up to each strategic spots for phototaking. Joey M even took the initiative to be the official photographer of our group. Its also worth mentioning that with a tour guide like Joey, we skipped all the long waiting lines and the hassle of finding parking spots! We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of banff in one day!

Manny was amazing and took my friend and I to all the spots we wanted to see. He was also a great photographer too! He made sure before the end of my trip we would see some wildlife. He took his time with us and we never felt rushed wherever we were. Highly recommend Manny!

great cave tour! Guide Brent explained everything very well and added many interesting facts throughout the tour. the tour can also be done well for less sporty people. the really narrow places are always optional!

Our driver was so helpful and knowledgeable. We had a fabulous day, he knew just where best photos could be taken and we avoided the crowds and we went at our own pace. Thanks Manny.

Chris was our guide and he was great! Told us so much information about the rapids and the mountains near by. He was nice and was good company. Highly recommend.