Waterfall Explorer Tour

All Terrain Vehicles

Toby Creek Adventures Ltd.

Visit an enchanting snow-fed waterfall hidden in old-growth forest only steps from the main ATV trail to Paradise Bowl. This tour is a perfect vacation interlude, and 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 the mountains.

What you can expect

This family friendly ATV tour is perfect for all experience levels with a full comprehensive safety briefing and ATV riding instruction provided. It's important to feel comfortable on your ATV so some practice time is provided at the base area before embarking on your journey.

Your guide will lead you up the trail through old-growth forest and open slopes for a spectacular view of Panorama Mountain Resort and the surrounding peaks of the Toby Creek Valley.

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 hidden Smith Falls where you can watch this pure snow-fed mountain stream cascade down a vertical rock face. Get up close and personal and feel the mist on your face at the base of the falls. You can even try your hand at gold-panning in one of the pools beside the viewpoint.

During the winter months, the waterfall is fully frozen. By June, it casts off the ice pillar and rushes over the rock face. Come July, the waterfall will be in full force due to melting snow and run off. The power of the fall will start to reduce in August and September and turn into a sparkling bridal-veil fall. Early October is when you can expect to see thin ice beginning to reform along the edges.


2 Hours


  • Camera - Lots of photo opportunities!
  • Light backpack/bag (optional) - Straps and bungees will be provided to secure your bag to ATV
  • Layered clothing - Dress for the weather
  • Sturdy comfortable footwear – Hiking or walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sun-cream, baseball cap
  • Personal daily medications (if required) – please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

Weather requirements

  • Dress for the weather and time of year


  • Explore a hidden snow-fed waterfall
  • Professional, qualified and experienced interpretive guide
  • Scenic wilderness experience suitable for all ages and experience levels
  • Spectacular photo opportunities


  • Book early to secure a spot
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour departure
  • ATV tours leave from Toby Creek Adventure Ltd. operations base located 1 km before Panorama Mountain Village on the Toby Creek Rd
  • Operations base is a short drive from Invermere (20 mins), Banff AB (2 hours), and Canmore AB (2.5 hours)
  • Guest safety is a top priority so tour itinerary may be subject to change due to wildlife, snow cover, weather, group abilities or other unforeseen circumstances
  • This tour does not reach the cabin at Paradise Bowl. If you would like to visit our alpine bowl and cabin, and see the source of the waterfall please select either a half-day or full-day tour option

Meet location

Toby Creek Rd, Panorama, BC V0A 1K5

Driving directions

  • Toby Creek Adventures is conveniently located 1 km before Panorama Mountain Village on the Toby Creek Rd
  • Driving directions from downtown Banff, Alberta to Toby Creek Adventures will take you through spectacular Kootenay National Park (approx. 2 hours driving time)



  • Driver must be at least 16 years of age and passenger must be at least 5 years of age
  • Tour itinerary is subject to change due to a variety of reasons which may include wildlife, snow cover, weather, or other unforseen circumstances
  • Smoking is not permitted while wearing the helmet so please remove to smoke and ensure all cigarette butts are discarded safely in the fireplace at the cabin or in an appropriate receptacle

Cancellation / Refund

  • 48 hours prior to departure will result in full 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

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

This activity is available on request.

Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number

Minimum time to book before

48 hours


  • Full payment required at time of booking to secure place
  • Payment includes CSA full or open face helmets, rain jacket and pants, boots, goggles, light gloves, qualified and experienced interpretive guide, BC government levy, and trail pass fee
  • An optional insurance package is offered 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. Not included in price of tour.
  • 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.
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2017 rates and may be subject to change for the 2018 season.

Regular rate

Adult (aged 18 – 85) $179.00 CAD
Youth (aged 14 – 17) $179.00 CAD
Child (aged 5 – 13) $45.00 CAD

Driver Rate

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Price for entire reservation $179.00 CAD

Passenger Rate

Minimum Age: 5 years old

Adult (aged 18 – 85) $90.00 CAD
Youth (aged 14 – 17) $90.00 CAD
Child (aged 5 – 13) $45.00 CAD

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