Majestic pine trees sway in front of a mountain backdrop. Paddles break the river current. The experienced wilderness guides with Discover Banff Tours grant visitors modern methods for exploring the pristine natural landscapes in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In the winter, they lead groups on ice walks across frozen waterfalls and grottoes, helm dogsled and horse-drawn sleigh rides on wooded trails, and ski down Mt. Norquay?home of the first ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. Later in the year, guides lead grizzly-bear-watching tours and evening wildlife safaris on warm summer nights, and take adventurers whitewater rafting down Bow and Kananaskis Rivers. Year-round, they showcase the park?s rugged landscape on bus tours, and views of Mt. Norquay and the surrounding terrain via one of the two new available climbing routes or the famed chairlift. Staffers limit outdoors excursions to small groups, giving visitors one-on-one instruction while quickly checking that none in their party are bears in disguise.