These are the optional excursions organised by Cosmos, but it will give you an idea of the type of excursions available and the cost. Other companies, I am sure, will offer something similar.You have to be careful though that you don't book too many excursions and not leave time to explore the towns you visit.
Helicopter Flightseeing 25 mins
CAN $130 - US $87
This 25 minute Helicopter flight offers a magnificent overview of the Rocky Mountains and Banff area. The Olympic Nordic Centre Sundance range and Spray Lakes are just some of the sights you will see.
Banff Helicopter Flight-seeing 30 mins
CAN $159 - US £107
This 30 min flight offers fantastic views of the Mt Assinibaine Range (The Matterhorn of the Rockies) with all its glaciers and icefalls.
CAN £235 - US $158
(Operation is subject to favourable weather conditions)
This is a half day excursion. A 10 minute helicopter ride into the Rockies takes you to the headwaters of Cougar Creek. As you hike in the Alpine meadows, your guide is on hand to share information about the flora and help you spot wildlife.
Lake Minnewanka Cruise and BBQ
Can £74 US $50
Begin the afternoon by taking an hours cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Wine and cheese are served. Finish the day with a BBQ at Timberline Lodge overlooking Banff. The cruise is subject to favourable weather and lake conditions. The Lake may be frozen in May and Oct.
Athabasca River rafting
CAN $37 US $25
Follow the route of the old fur traders while travelling down the Athabasca river in rubber rafts. This is a moderate trip with a few small rapids. The excursion is under the supervision of experienced guides and subject to favourable weather and water conditions.
Maligne Lake Cruise
CAN $37 US $25
A 45 minute drive takes you out to Maligne Lake, where you will have a narrated cruise that lasts an hour and a half, with a brief stop at Spirit Island for photos of the magnificent mountains that surround you. 7.45 am departure. The Lake is often frozen until the 3rd week in May.
Miette Hot Springs Tour
CAN $42 US $28
A half day excursion that takes you through the beautiful Canadian countryside to the Hot Springs. You will see many lakes and wildlife is plentiful. After a dip in the Springs, return to Jasper.
Mt Edit Cavell Hike
CAN $45 US $30
An experienced guide takes you on a three hour hike on Mt Edith Cavell, to experience the pristine beauty of the Rockies closeup. (You will need good walking shoes and be an experienced hiker).
Evening Cruise on Lake Okanagon with Dinner
CAN $41 US $28
Canoeing on Lake McGilvray
CAN $41 US $28
In the early evening, enjoy a one and a half hour trip around the lake in a 27ft canoe and relive the days of the fur trade. Absorb the beautiful scenery while listening to the local guides, dressed in authentic costumes. Available mid June to mid Sept, depending on weather and lake conditions.
Vancouver Evening Sightseeing with Dinner
CAN $71 US $48
Begin your Tour by seeing Alaska at the Imax theatre at Canada Place. Afterwards, time to admire the cruise ships and Vancouver harbour. Then enjoy the panoramic views of The Lookout in the Harbour Centre Tower. End your evening with dinner in Stanley Park at The Prospect Point Café.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
CAN $79 US $53
Climb aboard Vancouvers only authentic paddle wheeler for a one of a kind dining experience. Enjoy a buffet dinner featuring Pacific salmon, while enjoying the views of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Includes transport.
CAN $69 US $46
A daytime excursion to World famous, Capilano Suspension bridge. Then visit a nearby salmon hatchery. Afterwards board the Gondola up to the 4,000 ft level of Grouse Mountain. Return to the city from Lonsdale Market and take the Seabus back to downtown. A full day excursion.
The Native Culture Tour
CAN $49 - $33
Discover the rich aboriginal culture of British Columbias first Native settlers. Learn about Totem Poles in Stanley Park, then to the museum of Anthropology and the First Nations House of Learning. Finally the Native Education centre. Your Native guide will keep you thoroughly entertained.
MV Britannia and Steam Train from Squamish
CAN $77.50 US $52
Cruise up Howe Sound to Squamish on the MV Brittania. Return by Steam train, to North Vancouver, following the route of the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway. A full day excursion, transport provided by taxi. The excursion may operate in reverse and is available from May 30th to September 23rd Wednesday to Sunday only.
Marine Wildlife and whale watching
CAN $83 US $56
Spend 3 hours on a 65 ft luxury yacht, cruising between the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Watch for whales, porpoises, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife. A marine expert will answer all your questions.
Victoria Seaplane Flightseeing
CAN $86 US $58
Take off from Victorias Inner harbour for your 20 min flight over southern Vancouver Island and the Juan de Fuca strait, with great views of the Olympic Mountains in the distance.
Victoria by Night with Dinner
CAN $53 US $36
Take a Tally Ho ride through Beacon Hill Park, see Victorias scenic waterfront and beautiful residential Neighbourhoods with some of the most opulent mansions in the world. Dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Oak Bay.
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