What's New

We are constantly making improvements, both large and small, so you have an even better sightseeing experience for your road trip adventures.
Major updates we've made for this and previous versions include:
* Modifications made for iOS13 release
* Tour keeps delivering audio narration even when in background mode, Eg while you listen to music.
* Easy-to-follow tour route line added
* Content updates

App Description

GyPSy Guide GPS driving tour of the Banff Townsite is a great way to the see best attractions that are close to Banff. There are 100+ audio points that play automatically, featuring what to see, stories, tips and advice. All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.

Visit www.gypsyguide.com for route maps, sample audio, tips and advice and what to know before you go.


If you like driving yourself when you go sightseeing, GyPSy Guide™ tour apps allow you to enjoy a guided tour experience while remaining totally independent. By driving yourself, you'll be able to get from place to place faster, see more things and not be tied to anyone else's schedule


The tour apps use your device’s location abilities to play the commentary AUTOMATICALLY. All you have to do is drive, listen and decide which places you want to stop at. Our tour guides have created insightful and entertaining tours of the Rockies. We’ll recommend the best places to see and some great locations that most visitors don't get to see.


GyPSy Guide knows where you are and which direction you are heading, and plays commentary automatically about the things you are seeing, plus stories and tips and advice.


It’s just like having a local friend to show you around. And that friend just happens to be a professional tour guide.


The same information you would get on a bus tour or from a guide book, for just a fraction of the price. And you control the itinerary and schedule.


No data, cellular or even wireless network connection needed while touring. Download over Wi-Fi before you tour. Anyone can use them with no data charges – even visiting from another country.


There are many highlights on this tour and these are just a few:

* Bow Falls
* Banff Gondola and Hot Springs
* Cave and Basin
* Lake Minnewanka
* Mount Norquay
* Vermilion Lakes
* and many more spectacular sites

The tour is a loop and you can join anywhere along the route. We recommend 1/2 to 1 day depending on how many stops you choose to make.


This tour is a part of a set of tour apps by GyPSy Guide to explore the Canadian Rockies National Parks. Other tours in the series include:

* Banff, Lake Louise and Yoho National Park
* The Icefields Parkway
* Jasper National Park

For BEST VALUE, you may prefer to download the Canadian Rockies GyPSy Guide which includes all of these too.

If arriving through Calgary, enjoy the free introduction tour from Calgary to Banff *yes free!*


Download the app on Wi-Fi from your network at home or use any free Wi-Fi network. Because the app is filled with audio commentary and maps, its larger than "normal" apps. Many phone/data networks may block the download because of size - so its important to download over a Wi-Fi network.

++ Continued use of GPS running in the background increases battery usage - we strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. This is much better than simply plugging into the USB port in a vehicle.

** iPad users - please note that WiFi-only iPads will not activate the commentary automatically. Any iPhone or network-capable iPad (WiFi + Cellular - whether you have a network connection or not) will work just fine.


GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning audio tours along scenic drives around the world. Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience. Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and perhaps inspire you to learn more and return. None of our apps include paid advertising or placements for benefit.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • May 21, 2013 Initial release
  • May 02, 2015 New version 1.1
  • August 08, 2015 New version 1.2
  • June 13, 2019 New version 2.1.5
  • August 16, 2019 New version 2.8.0
  • August 16, 2019 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • September 23, 2019 New version 3.0.1