Waterfall Explorer Tour (2-Hour)

DAILY ATV Tours • Duration: 2 hrs • Daily Departures: 3:30 PM

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Come and visit an enchanting, dancing, snow-fed waterfall hidden in old-growth forest only a few steps from the main ATV trail to Paradise Bowl.

This tour is a perfect interlude on your vacation, and it is suitable for all members of the family.  Even though it’s only a 2-hour trip you will feel like you have left the busy towns and highways behind and truly experienced the peace and beauty of our mountains.  It’s perfectly timed so that even if you are just passing through, you’ll have time to take a break and enjoy it.

 What to Expect:  When you arrive for your tour you will receive all the gear you need plus a comprehensive safety briefing and instruction on how to ride your ATV safely.  After some practice time at our base area your guide will lead you up the trail through verdant old-growth BC 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 along the trail.

The Waterfall: At the mid-point of the trip 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 sparkle and cascade over 100′ down a vertical rock face.  You can get so close you can feel the mist on your face and listen to the water hitting the rocks at the base of the falls.  You can even try your hand a gold-panning in one of the pools beside the viewpoint.  Although it’s very close to the main trail, many unguided visitors drive right past never knowing what they missed.

waterfall 7002-smallAlways Changing: In winter this waterfall is fully frozen.  By June it casts off the ice pillar and rushes over the rock face and through the snowbanks still present on the forest floor.  On hot days in July it thunders – fed by melting snow.  Come August and September it reduces to a beautiful and sparkling bridal-veil waterfall.  In early October on cold nights the first thin ice starts to reform on the edges, sometimes framed by the spectacle of an early snowfall.  It’s never the same from one day to the next

Don’t Miss It! This is a beautiful and secret spot – it’s often hard to turn your back and leave.  We’d love to show it to you.

Please note:  This tour does not reach the cabin at Paradise Bowl.  If you would like to see visit our alpine bowl and cabin and see the source of the waterfall please select either a half-day or full-day tour option.

Smith Falls in July

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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.

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!

Tips To Get The Best From Your Day:  

1. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure to allow time to register, meet your guide and get necessary gear, and so that you do not delay other guests in your group.

2. Arrive prepared and ready to go. Dress for the forecasted weather conditions, wear closed-toe sturdy footwear and bring a wind-breaker or rain jacket.

3. To save time at registration have your waivers, payments and credit card imprints done prior to arrival.

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.

Medical Conditions: Persons with back injuries, recent surgery or who are pregnant are not recommended to participate.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

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.

  • Helmet, goggles and outer jacket and pants supplied.
  • Call and book ahead to ensure availability

Driver - $179

Passenger - $90

Child - $45

Side-by-Side (2-seat & 4-seat) Upgrade - Add $40

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