Meet Boo, a grizzly bear with paws the size of hubcaps, a mouth full of sharp teeth and enormous muscles moving beneath his shaggy fur.  He saunters slowly through his 20-acre habitat in the Rocky Mountain bush, allowing you to watch him explore, hunt and forage just like his wild cousins.  You'll also hear his personal story and learn about grizzly bear behaviour during your visit to the largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat in the world.

The tour includes stops at gorgeous Takakkaw Falls (the second highest waterfall in Canada!) and stunning Emerald Lake.  You'll also take a gondola ride up to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to enjoy lunch with a view at the highest restaurant in Canada.

This tour has a guaranteed grizzly bear sighting or your next tour is free.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 13+):
$193.10
Child Rate
(Ages 6-12):
$93.18
Child - Free
(Ages 5 and Under, on Adult Lap):
$0.00

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Tour / Activity Details

10 hours
8:30 am daily (June through September)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from most hotels in Banff.  Rates are per person and shown in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

  • Register and submit your travel, contact, proof of vaccination and (if required) quarantine information on ArriveCAN using the ArriveCAN mobile app or through the online portal within 72 hours of your planned arrival in the province of Alberta. Partially and non-vaccinated travelers - and fully vaccinated travelers selected for random testing - must follow instructions given upon arrival for completing a COVID test.

 

Please Note

  • All children ages 15 years and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Infants (5 and under) are free of charge, but this does not include any food.
  • A Child Safety Seat is required for all children 6 years of age. You must bring your own child safety seat and it will be your responsibility to install the car seat at the starting location for the tour. Children under age 6 who are free on the tour must ride on the lap of a paying adult.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 total participants to operate, so you will be asked to call the day prior to confirm the tour.
  • Early and late season bookings may be subject to itinerary changes. Takakkaw Falls Road opens late June and tours in early June will include stops at the Spiral Tunnels and the Natural Bridge instead.
  • This tour involves some walking. At every stop you will have the opportunity to get off the bus and stretch your legs and all of the viewpoints are a short walk.
  • Guests almost always see the orphaned grizzly Boo on this tour. Although Boo is generally always out to foraging or playing in his refuge, there is a rare chance he may not be visible when you visit. You can take the tour again for free to see Boo.
  • You will view Boo from outside the fence of his refuge. Depending where Boo is in his refuge, you may be as close as 5 meters away! Or he may be much further away from the fence. Boo is a wild animal and you may not touch or feed him. A ranger is always present to answer any questions and talk to you about Boo and Grizzly Bears.
  • This tour is not wheelchair-accessible.

 

Included

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Banff
  • Professional Certified Tour Guide
  • Small Group Tour (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Hands-on interpretive tools
  • Golden Eagle Express Gondola Ride
  • Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour

 

Not Included

  • Food for infants (ages 5 and under)
  • Optional guide gratuity - Tips are not expected but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

 

Lunch Menu (subject to change)

Lunch at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant includes your choice of the following:

  • Daily Soup: changes daily
  • Caesar Salad: baby romaine, caesar dressing, parmesan, croutons, bacon, crispy capers
  • Beer Battered Cod Fillet (with your choice of soup, fries or Caesar salad): two pieces of Cajun beer battered fresh cod, apple slaw and tartar sauce
  • Alberta Beef Burger (with your choice of soup, fries or Caesar salad): 6oz beef chuck, patty, candied bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato salsa, organic greens and avocado aioli served on a brioche bun
  • Vegetarian Burger (with your choice of soup, fries or Caesar salad): black bean patty, tomato salsa, hummus, organic greens, roasted beets, cucumber and tomato served on a brioche bun

All lunches include a non-alcoholic beverage (Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale, Sprite, Sweetened Iced Tea, Coffee/Tea).

 

Itinerary

  • GRIZZLY BEAR REFUGE TOUR - Take an open-air chairlift up to experience an up-close visit with Boo, the resident bear rescued as a cub, and be fascinated with bear information. This is the largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat in the world.
  • GONDOLA RIDE - Soar to the heights of the Purcell Mountains at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in an enclosed Gondola with glass windows up to 7,700 feet.
  • MOUNTAIN TOP LUNCH AT EAGLE'S EYE RESTAURANT - Enjoy a gourmet lunch and a spectacular view of the Canadian Rockies at Canada’s highest restaurant.
  • EMERALD LAKE - Take a short stroll on the lakeshore.
  • TAKAKKAW FALLS - See Canada's second highest waterfall tumbling 254m (830 feet) in one stretch and 384m (1,260 feet) in total (when road access permits).

 

What To Bring/Wear

  • Warmer clothes depending on the weather on the day of your tour. Wearing layers including a jacket is a good idea, as you will be getting on and off the bus during the tour and it tends to be cooler up the mountain.
  • Wear sneakers or other sturdy footwear, as some of the pathways are unpaved.
  • Remember to bring your camera!

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from most hotels in Banff.  Rates are per person and shown in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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