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Banff & Jasper Wildlife Tours

By Afton Aikens & John Strugnell

This summer, check spotting wildlife in the Canadian Rockies off your bucket list on these guided tours. (If you’re wildlife watching on your own, just make sure it’s from a safe distance!)

Photo: Courtesy of Discover Banff Tours

Photo: Courtesy of Discover Banff Tours

Wildlife Safari

Grab your camera and join Discover Banff Tours’ Evening Wildlife Safari—their most popular excursion. This two-hour small group experience visits multiple Banff National Park locations; over 95% of trips spot wildlife. You’ll learn lots too, like how bighorn sheep horns are formed. (Spoiler alert: tiny hairs grow tightly together).

Magical Maligne Lake Road

While driving this scenic route watch for moose, bears and elusive caribou; pull over to read the Parks Canada interpretive signs. On Maligne Adventures’ Wildlife & Waterfalls tour, guides explain how cascading waters formed 150-foot deep Maligne Canyon and how Medicine Lake melt waters fill the basin and then disappear. At world famous Maligne Lake, the tour continues with a cruise to Spirit Island or guided walk.

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