Warm summer evenings are a particularly good time to spot and watch wildlife and there is no better place than our beautiful old-growth forests and the sub-alpine areas of Paradise Bowl.
Our Evening Wildlife Tour is focused on giving you the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife species in their natural habitat. Our pristine mountain environment on the edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is prime habitat for deer, moose, bears, and many other animals and birds. In addition, during summer months there is an abundance of colourful wildflowers along the trail. The evening light is perfect for photography and we make plenty of stops.
We bring along binoculars and a spotting scope to get you an even closer look at the wildlife we find. Don’t forget to bring your camera and telephoto lens if you have one. It’s also a good idea to bring a fleece jacket or sweater as the mountain air can be cooler during our return to base later in the evening.
Side-by-Side UTV 2-seater & 4-seater upgrades are available on this tour. Please reserve early as availability is subject to “first come-first served” bookings.
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Arrival: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour departure. This tour departs daily at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM First we will get you registered for your tour and then you will meet your professional ATV guide and receive all the gear you need. Most of our guests are first-timers so you will receive a comprehensive safety briefing and instruction on how to ride your ATV safely.
Hitting the Trail: After some practice time at our base area your guide will lead you up the trail through old-growth forest and open slopes for a spectacular view of Panorama Mountain Resort and the surrounding peaks of the lovely Toby Creek Valley. There are many opportunities to see wildlife and to stop and take in the fragrance of the forest and the flowers as we travel along the trail heading for our alpine cabin at Paradise.
Paradise: You will visit the remains of an early 1900’s silver mine and town, walk along the banks of a rushing alpine creek and gaze in wonder at soaring rock peaks. At your feet you will discover a verdant carpet of hardy, beautiful alpine flowers.
Snack: This tour includes a visit to our cozy alpine cabin located at tree-line with incredible views of rocky peaks and Paradise Bowl. We’ll make a short stop here for a hot drink and a cookie and an opportunity to check out the historic Paradise Mine. If we are fortunate we might see some mountain goats on the rocky crags opposite the cabin. This is also a great spot to watch the ravens soar on the mountain breezes.
Return To Base: As we descend back to the base you will park your ATV and follow your guide along a short pathway to the base of the Smith Falls where you can watch a clear, pure, snow-fed mountain stream cascade over 100′ down a vertical rock face.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.