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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

FABULOUS DAY- Great introduction to BANFF AREA by the guide and from there on the day just got better.
The visit to the ski park in GOLDEN was an eye opener followed by a great lunch at the restaurant.
We were "' BLESSED '" as we obtained great photos of the bear and a very informative talk from the staff
working at the refuge. Finally a visit to the waterfall in the national park capped what was a GREAT TIME.
I'm sure everyone who was on the tour feel the same about the high standard set by the guide who made
all of us fell VERY WELCOME.

Reviewed by: fleurette g, August 2013
5 star rating: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by: ACHIM S, September 2012
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

An excellent tour! Our guide Hugh was very knowledgable about this part of Canada and passionate about bears. We called at Lake Louise, the Takakkaw Falls and saw the Spiral Tunnels, which are part of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The highlight, after lunch at the highest restaurant in Canada, was definitely seeing Boo the Grizzly Bear in his refuge. He obligingly sat at the fence whilst one of his "keepers" told us all about him. He seemed very content in his twenty acre reserve which you have to reach by ski lift. The bus was not too big and the company seem to really care about the environment. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife. A wild black bear obligingly crossed the road in front of the bus on the way down from visiting Boo. This trip was the highlight of our visit to Canada.

Reviewed by: christopher s, September 2011
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

Absolutely superb. We had a small group visit to the refuge and fantastic sightings of Boo bear in his natural habitat. Due to the end of season and a few areas of the tour unavailable the tour company replaced them with other points of interested which were amazing.

Reviewed by: Kelly L, October 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

This was my favourite excursion! Great tour leader , very nice spot where we had lunch. Boo was stunning, he took the bath during our visit and our photos are outstanding!

Reviewed by: BORTOLOTTI S, Italy, September 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

we had a great time on this tour. Our guide Marci picked us up from the hotel and we were the only ones so had a very personnel tour.Marci was very knowledgable and really loved her could tell.She went out of her way to make us feel special and give us a wonderful experience.we saw lots of wildlife and wonderful scenary which would have been easily missed without the knowledge of a good guide.We had a really good time with Boo the bear who came and sat sooo close we could almost touch him.It was one of the best days of our time in Canada.Well done Marci and thank you for being so kind when my husband was sick. The Emmotts from Australia

Reviewed by: Graham E, Australia, August 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

Four of us boarded the blue bus with our driver. Lucky us, we were the only ones on the tour. We were offered water, binoculars, umbrellas and even biscuits as part of the tour. Our guide was truly knowledgeable and shared with us recent newspaper clippings about bear adventures in the area and told us a lot about bears in general. We had a couple of chair lift rides which were very pleasant considering the weather. Thanks to the binoculars we even saw 2 black bears at the very top of a tree just near the chair. Due to the weather our plans changed slightly but with no drama. We still had a beautiful lunch in a lovely restaurant and no time was wasted as the order was put through ahead of our arrival. When we visited the Grizzly Refuge we thought that perhaps we wouldn't get to see Boo. There was an electrical storm that was threatening to close the area early. However, the staff at the Refuge did their utmost to bring Boo out of hiding. Sure enough out he came and we managed to take a lot of great photos. What a highlight of our trip! Special thanks to our guide and the local tour company who clearly care about their guests. We would certainly recommend this tour!

Reviewed by: Anonymous, Australia, July 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

Picked up on a clean comfortable bus. Our guide proved to be as full of interesting information as she was enthusiastic. Our first stop was Lake Louise, then we took a trip up a gondola to look down on the Bow Valley in a blizzard. We continued on through the Rockies, across the Continental Divide and stopped to view the spiral tunnels where we saw a train so long it was still going past us as the engines first entered the tunnels and then exited into the valley below.

On to the Takakkaw Falls which were breath-taking. An excellent lunch followed, pre-ordered with four options and ready as we arrived at the restaurant.

Then the highlight of the day, being met by a 600lb 6 foot tall Grizzly bear who stood and stared at us from no more than six feet. He graced as with his presence for more than an hour and a half, scratching his back against his favourite tree and settling down to snooze in his hollow. Arrived back exactly when we were told we would.

We cannot recommend this company or our guide on the day highly enough. Book this trip, you won't regret a single minute of the day.

Reviewed by: Andrew H, United Kingdom, October 2007
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

The whole trip was great. There was so much to see and do. It was an amazing day, and definitely worth it.

Reviewed by: Mark N, United Kingdom, August 2007
4 star rating: Recommended


Reviewed by: jj, September 2013
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