Banff and Canmore ATV / Quad Adventure Tours

Spectacular ATV / Quad Tours with a view of a thousand mountain peaks.  We’ll take you away from the crowds on Canmore’s Main Street and Banff Avenue and guide you to an historical silver mine set in an alpine bowl at 8000′ with huge views of the Canadian Rockies, mighty rivers and deep peaceful forests.

Many of our guests have told us that this unique day trip is the most memorable highlight of their entire Canadian Rocky Mountains vacation.  

  • Experience the ease and fun of riding a modern ATV / Quad on a well-maintained private back-country road.
  • Visit the historical remains of a former silver & gold mine.
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a cozy alpine cabin set among Larch glades and surrounded by mountain peaks.
  • Walk beside a rushing alpine stream.
  • Watch wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Take a stroll through an amazing variety of alpine flowers (carefully please).
  • Gaze at the endless View of a Thousand Peaks and the majesty of the Canadian Rockies
Paradise Bowl – Mountain serenity and a classic alpine cabin.

This is a full day adventure at the western gateway to Kootenay and Banff National Parks.  You will truly immerse yourself in an unbelievable mountain wilderness experience.  This professionally guided ATV tour is suitable for all members of the family, no previous experience is required.

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Banff & Canmore Hotel Pick Up

Banff & Canmore Complimentary Transport:  Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday

Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta, Canada

Our Banff & Canmore ATV Tours operate three days per week on Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday throughout the summer.  Please contact us to arrange this service as part of your ATV tour.  We run transport from Banff & Canmore based upon demand – minimum numbers required.

Groups: We will arrange transport from Banff or Canmore on other days for groups.  Please contact us to discuss options.

Pick-up Time: When you book your tour, we will let you know what time to expect us at your door.

Self-Drive Option:  If you are staying in Banff or Canmore and would like to join one of our ATV / Quad tours on another day you may choose to self-drive and join a tour departing from Panorama, BC.  When you choose this option we will provide complimentary passes to the renown Radium Hot Springs to enjoy on your way home through Kootenay National Park.

Banff & Kootenay National Park

Banff & Kootenay National Parks

Depart Banff at 8:00am  and travel west through spectacular Banff National Park and then up and over

Castle Mountain, Banff National Park
Castle Mountain, Banff National Park

Vermilion Pass  into Kootenay National Park (Hwy 93 South).  As you enter Kootenay National Park you will cross the continental divide where water flows east and west towards either the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean.  You will travel over two mountain passes and see spectacular Castle Mountain (2,766 m /9,075 ft) and Storm Mountain (3100m /10171ft.).  Kootenay National Park is virtually untouched by development and is the least visited of the four mountain parks.  Your driver will point out spectacular mountain views and you will see the headwaters of the mighty Kootenay River and abundant opportunities to view wildlife along the way.

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Columbia Wetlands

Columbia River Wetlands:  Shortly before arrival at Toby Creek Adventures you will see the world-famous Columbia Wetlands a 15,070 hectare wetland in the Columbia Valley. The Columbia Wetlands is a breath-taking natural wilderness and one of the world’s living treasures.  This is also the headwaters of the Columbia River, which is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.  The Columbia River drains an area  roughly the size of France, it’s watershed extends into seven U.S. states and all of the south-east interior of British Columbia.

ATV Tour Details

On Arrival:

IMG_1735Never ridden an ATV before?  No problem! Most of our guests are first-timers or novice riders.  Our experienced and professional guides will provide you with a full safety briefing and instruction prior to departure.  We also provide you with all the gear you need including a helmet, gloves, boots and rain-jacket and pants.

There is ample opportunity to practice your riding skills and become familiar with the machine before we head out on the trail.  We ride at a leisurely pace and you will never have to ride any faster than you wish or on terrain that exceeds your comfort level.  Our goal is to provide you with a safe, memorable and highly enjoyable experience.

Our ATV Trail system: Our ATV tours are comfortable scenic wilderness experiences that are suitable for all members of the family and all ages and experience levels. We use ATVs as a fun method of transport to access beautiful places with plenty of time to stop for photographs. Our mountain trails are well formed and easy grade back-country roads that overlook the mighty Columbia River, Kootenay and Banff National Parks.

What you will experience:  You will experience traveling in style on a snow-capped mountain with cascading waterfalls, old-growth forest, stream crossings, opportunities to view wildlife (bears, moose, deer, hoary marmots, columbian ground squirrels, ravens and more).  You can even try your hand at gold panning in a wild mountain stream just like the early explorers who first discovered the Paradise Mine.

Award Winning Guest Satisfaction

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Our trips are truly unique and guaranteed to be a one of a kind experience!  This is the real thing!  No other ATV tour company can offer you the same experience.  We love our mountain home and we love to share it with our guests from all over the world.  We know you will love it too.

 

Choose from the following two tour options if using our Banff / Canmore Complimentary Transport:

Quality & ExperienceParadise Ridge Full Day ATV Tour

Paradise Mine Half Day ATV Tour (Afternoon Only)

Please note that our many other tour options are available if you prefer to self-drive to our base location.

 

Banff and Canmore ATV Adventure Photo Gallery

Other Important Information

The following is important information applicable to all ATV tours.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to make your tour exceptional!

Prices:  All pricing is in Canadian dollars.  We accept payment by cash, INTERAC® direct debit and email transfer at no charge.  We also accept major credit cards (% surcharge may apply).  All pricing is subject to applicable government taxes.  Gratuities are not included.

Booking:  Our ATV tours are very popular and we have many days when all available machines are booked out.  Please book your desired tour early to avoid disappointment.  You can book this tour online using the book now button above or just call our office.  If you are intending to book short-notice on a tour (less than 48 hrs notice) please call us to ensure availability.    We typically respond to phone calls from 8:am to 9:00pm – if you do not reach us, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Minimum Age:

  • Driver: 16 years old
  • Passenger: 5 years old

Tour Itinerary Changes:  At all times the safety of all out guests is our first priority.  For this reason the tour itinerary may be subject to change due to wildlife, snow cover, weather, group abilities or other unforeseen circumstances.  We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.

Walk-In Guests:   We try to accommodate walk-in guests but we cannot guarantee last-minute availability of space on any of our tours.  It’s best to call or book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Arrival / Pick-up Time:  Please arrive at our location at least 30-minutes in advance of the scheduled departure time for your tour to complete registration and obtain required clothing and equipment.  Please be prompt so as not to delay departure of your tour and cause inconvenience to other guests.  If you are booked for a Banff or Canmore tour and pick-up please be ready to go at the appointed time and let us know if you have any delay or change of plans.

Location:  Our home base of operations is 1 km before Panorama Mountain Village on the Toby Creek Rd.  For detailed  location information, maps and directions please go here.

What is included?:

  • BBQ Lunch (Full day tour) – Vegetarian meals are available upon request.
  • Hot drinks, water & cookies (Half & full day tours)
  • CSA  full or open face helmets
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Boots
  • Goggles
  • Light gloves
  • Late model 1 or 2-person ATV
  • Professional, qualified and experienced interpretive guide
  • Fuel & oil
  • BC government levy
  • Trail pass fee

What to bring:

  • Light backpack (optional)
  • Layered clothing – we provide outer rainwear if needed.
  • Sturdy footwear – we provide rubber boots if needed but hiking or walking shoes may be more comfortable
  • Sunglasses, sun-cream, baseball cap
  • Camera (recommended)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal daily medications (if required) – please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

Safety:  For your safety and that of your fellow guests please listen to and follow the advice of your guide at all times.

Cellphones:  We do have cellphone coverage at points along the way and at the cabin.  We ask that for the experience and enjoyment of all guests, please keep cellphone use to a minimum during the tour.  You are of course welcome to use the camera function often however if you are a driver, please do not attempt to drive your ATV and use your camera at the same time.

Smoking:  We respectfully request that you do not smoke while wearing one of our helmets – please remove the helmet to smoke.  Please also ensure all cigarette butts are discarded safely in the fireplace at the cabin or in an appropriate receptacle.

Insurance: 

  • We offer an optional insurance package to cover minor damages to a machine.  The cost is $20.00 per machine, which provides you with $350.00 coverage for any accidental damages.  This insurance option is offered to protect the driver from the cost of minor scrapes, dents and breakages.
  • We have partnered with Lifestyle Financial Services to offer an optional trip cancellation and medical insurance package for our guests.

Security Deposit:  A security deposit by signed credit card slip  or $1200.00  cash is required for each machine.  The security deposit is fully refundable upon return of an undamaged machine.

Liability Waivers:  A  standard release of liability is required for all participants.  A parent or guardian must complete  a liability release for persons under 18 years of age.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:  Full payment is required at time of booking to secure your place.  We require 48 hrs notice of cancellation for refund.  Late cancellations are subject to 100% cancellation fee.  Groups of 10 or more must give 14 days notice or are subject to full payment for no shows.  Our cancellation deadlines are applied to enable us to schedule guides and machines.

Backpacks & Camera Bags:  Your ATV can accommodate small backpacks and camera bags.  We are happy to provide  straps and bungees to secure your bag to the carrier.  Alternatively you can wear a backpack while riding provided you do not bring a passenger.

Photography:  We make many stops to take in the view.  You are welcome to bring your camera and use it often to record your ATV trip.  Please do not hesitate to ask your guide to take group or family photos – we are happy to oblige.  We also love to see your photos so please don’t hesitate to post them on our Facebook page.