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Guided Self-drive Tours of Western Canada



The map below shows the routes where GyPSy Guide provides commentary. To learn more about each route, roll the pointer over the roadway or over the yellow dot for city and town tours. Click through for more extensive information about each section and to listen to samples of audio commentary from GyPSy Guide.

Banff and Area Tour - Birthplace of Canada's National Parks

This tour is available in 

Driving time: approximately 1/2 - full day with many stops.

The National Park history of Canada began in Banff. Follow the Banff loop tour around the UNESCO World Heritage site to see the hot springs where it all began. Visit the “Castle in the Rockies” - the Banff Spring Hotel, pristine blue lakes surrounded by towering rugged mountains.

The chance of seeing wildlife is good and some classic viewpoints and photographs can be taken on route. Give yourself at least a half day to complete the Banff loop tour. This is one of Canada's most famous places.

Take a look at the detailed route for the Banff Tour.

Click on the Banff National Park section on the map to see the GyPSy tour route beyond the townsite.


  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Banff Upper Hotsprings
  • Cave and Basin
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Bow Falls
  • Surprise Corner
  • Hoodoos
  • Two Jack Lake
  • Johnson Lake
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Mt Norquay
  • Vermilion Lakes

Click on the titles below to hear sample commentary from this sector.

Banff Townsite

Big Horn Sheep

Banff Springs Hotel

Lake Minnewanka

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