Banff & Lake Louise Tour

7 Days

Overview

These stunning alpine lakes look too beautiful to be real. On this sightseeing tour you will visit the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”, Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their priceless natural beauty. They’ll stop you in your tracks in awe.

Wander the shoreline at Lake Louise and see the Victoria Glacier and the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, and then snap some shots of Moraine Lake in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks. Join your guide for a short walk up the Rockpile at Moraine Lake, where you’ll find the iconic view that was once on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.

During the tour your guide will weave tales of the early mountaineers, who also fell in love with this spot in the 1890s.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Journey Back in Time and Explore the History of Canada’s First National Park
Take a short walk from town to Cave and Basin National Historic Site where you can explore the interpretive exhibits, learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, and wander the boardwalks surrounding the springs.

View Iconic Canadian Animals in their Natural Environment
Once you’ve brushed up on your history and learned which animals to expect through a tour of Banff Park Museum, you’re ready to search for some that are inhabiting the park today. Take a wildlife tour for a northern version of the safari. Winding mountainous roads may surprise you with a visit from our wild neighbours.

Farm-Fresh Food
Exploring the valleys is hungry work and you’ve yet to see all that these mountains have to offer. Hop on the Banff Gondola and dine at 7,400 ft. With sweeping views brought to you by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere more phenomenal to enjoy your dinner. Sky Bistro’s regionally sourced menu focuses on bringing local farmers to your table, serving you the best of what Alberta and B.C. have to offer.

Enjoy an Evening Exploration of the Galaxies
Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and search the skies above for the stars. On the sightseeing deck of the Banff Gondola, you’ll feel like you’ve left this world and entered a new one of dark skies speckled with stars.

Day 2 :

Watch the Sunrise from the Top of Tunnel Mountain
Rise and shine! Make your way to the top of Tunnel Mountain for sunrise. You’ll summit in approximately an hour for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the town of Banff below. Check out some Locals’ Favourite Hikes for more adventure inspiration.

Prepare for a Day of Adventure with the Best Canadian Cuisine
Skipping your morning coffee to make sunrise was well worth the sacrifice, but now that you’re on your way down the mountain, your next adventure will have to wait until you’ve had your fill. Stop in for a tasty bite at one of these breakfast restaurants with a view to refuel before the day continues.

Experience Ultimate Panoramic Views at Mt. Norquay
For another perspective of the mountains, it’s time to head up to Mt. Norquay. The drive up is super scenic, so take the free shuttle and keep your eyes on the view. A quick whisk up the sightseeing chairlift and you’ve reached the sightseeing platform with views stretching in every direction. This is the perfect spot to stop for lunch with the Cliffhouse Bistro offering a contemporary menu with a mountain casual feel. Want to get a little higher? Book on the Via Ferrata tour to climb to the summit of Mt. Norquay and stand where few have stood before.

Awaken your Senses with an After-Dark Lantern Tour
If you missed the Cave and Basin on your first day, head over for an after-dark tour lit by lanterns.

Day 3 :

Take your Sightseeing Views to Greater Heights
We have our fair share of gondolas in Banff National Park, and there’s a good reason why: they all bring you to different and equally incredible landscapes. The Banff Sunshine Gondola gives you easy access to a remote valley with lakes, wildflowers, and kilometres of walking trails as you straddle the border between Alberta and B.C.

Navigate the Waterways of Vermilion Lakes
Those alpine lakes you saw at Banff Sunshine will have you wishing you could explore them by canoe, SUP, or kayak. Back in Banff, you can rent all three at the Banff Canoe Club and head over to Vermilion Lakes. As you paddle along, keep a close eye out for beavers, birds, and even the odd elk along the shoreline.

Enjoy a Local Food Experience
Along your travels so far, you’ve met a local or two and they’ve likely shared their favourite parts about Banff and Lake Louise with you. One thing that’s sure to be on everyone’s list is the farmer’s market. On Wednesday’s throughout the summer, pop over for lunch, fresh veggies, local handmade wares, and live music.

Explore the Beauty of the Lake Minnewanka Loop
You’ve hiked past lakes, paddled through them, but you haven’t seen all that these crystal waters have to offer. A short drive, or bus ride, from the town of Banff will take you along the Lake Minnewanka Loop, where you’ll see the lake itself along with Two Jack Lake.

Day 4 :

Choose Your Own Adventure
You’ve seen the Rocky Mountains that Alberta is famous for, but you’ve also heard tales of the West and have been craving a try at the cowboy lifestyle. Saddle up and take a horseback tour or horse-drawn wagon tour and see how these mountains were historically explored.

Taking a trip to the past is one thing but being a part of history is another. Take a guided tour with Canmore Cave Tours to explore a wild cave system that stretches below the Rockies. The temperature hovers around 5°C all year, so it makes for a great escape from both the heat and the cold.

If you’d rather feel the rushing water beneath you, a rafting tour may be better suited. From gentle floats to whitewater rafting, you’ve got plenty of tours to choose from.

Take the Scenic Route on the Bow Valley Parkway
A morning of adventure might have you looking for a little reprieve. Take a leisurely drive down the Bow Valley Parkway. You’ll pass Johnston Canyon, a place popular for its hiking trails, and Morant’s Curve, a place made famous by National Geographic photographer Nicholas Morant for its mountain backdrop and well-timed train passings. If you travel like a local, you’ll want to visit late in the day or early in the morning to give yourself the best chance to spot wildlife along this scenic stretch.

Settle in for the Night in a Cozy Cabin
You’ll also find exceptional cuisine along this road. Baker Creek Mountain Resort and Storm Mountain Lodge not only offer seasonally inspired menus, but also offer a true respite: log cabins, crackling fires, and a goodnight’s sleep to the sound of the forest’s soothing calmness. For more cozy cabin inspiration, check out Your Guide To A Cozy Cabin Holiday.

Day 5 :

Discover the World-Famous Lake Louise
It’s turquoise blue hues that cover magazines and Instagram feeds are unparalleled in real life. Start the morning off with a quick walk along the lakeshore or opt for a longer hike to one of the two tea houses that are only accessed during the summer.

Local Tip: The wait time for shuttles to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake can be up to 2 hours in popular summer months. Do as the local's do and take transit directly from Banff to skip the queue, get dropped off right at the lakeshore, and spend more time exploring!

Spot Wild Grizzly Bears from Above
When you’re ready to give your hiking boots a break, hop aboard the Lake Louise Gondola. Keep a keen eye below, this territory is famous for wild grizzly bear sightings.

Savour a Must-Do Dining Experience
Now it’s really time to kick your boots up. Lake Louise offers spectacular dining options for every taste, from Deer Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, to the Whitehorn Bistro at the top of the gondola.

Day 6 :

Get Ready for a Day of Adventure on the Stunning Icefields Parkway
Rated one of the best drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway winds you through mountains and glaciers alike. Allow yourself extra time along this drive to stop into some of our more hidden gems like Bow Lake and Mistaya Canyon.

Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in an All-Terrain Ice Explorer
Once you’ve made it as far as the Athabasca Glacier, it will be time to pull over for lunch and a sightseeing tour of the glacier itself. Step onto the seriously cool all-terrain Ice Explorer, just make sure to bring a sweater, it can be cold standing on top of a glacier.

Step out on a Cliff-Edge Walkway
From here, your tour will take you to the Glacier Skywalk. A glass-floored cliff-side bridge that suspends 918 feet over the Sunwapta Valley. Enjoy, quite literally, a 360-degree views of the valley with waterfalls, fossil, and wildlife abound.

Day 7 :

Relax and Restore your Energy
Visit one of our yoga studios for a quick stretch and reset before your plane ride home. Or, stop by the Banff Upper Hot Springs to leave you completely refreshed.

Soak Up the Feeling of the Mountains
Feel cleansed with a walk along the mountain trails listening to the sounds of nature and taking a moment to fully appreciate yourself and all of your experiences. Follow the trails along the Bow River to the Bow Falls, or in the opposite direction to the Fenland Loop along the path you paddled just days before.

One Last Bite
Your final dinner before departing should wrap up everything special about your trip. Head up to the Three Ravens at Banff Centre for a meal with a view of all of Banff. Cap your night with a walk through the Walter Phillips Gallery or see what art you can find on a stroll around the campus.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Travel insurance is available and recommended to protect your travel investment. Many trips, such as tours and cruises, involve non-refundable funds paid months in advance. Travel insurance protects you from losing this investment. Perhaps even more important is the ‘during travel’ coverage and assistance that comes with the top-flight insurance companies we carry.

CAN YOU WORK WITHIN A CERTAIN BUDGET?

Yes, we work within any and all realistic budgets, and an honest sharing of ideas and goals helps us immensely when making recommendations and suggested edits to travel plans.

DOES IT COST MONEY TO GET A QUOTE?

No, there is no fee for our vacation planning services as the travel vendors involved recognize our value and compensate us from the gross amount paid (what you would have paid even without our assistance). For those complicated international itineraries that require custom crafting and significant involvement of our international on-location partners, we do request an intent-to-travel deposit to begin the process. This deposit is applied to the reservations that are made on your behalf.

ARE THERE ANY GONDOLAS IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK?

Yes, there are three gondolas and one sightseeing chairlift to choose from. Each of these scenic rides operate in both summer and winter.

WHERE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO STOP AND TAKE PICTURES?

Everywhere! But more specifically, these are some of our favourite spots:

Mount Rundle in Banff
Cascade Mountain in Banff
Take any one of our four gondolas/chairlifts for a unique perspective of the park
Fairmont Banff Springs hotel
Surprise Corner on Tunnel Mountain Drive for a different perspective of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel
Vermilion Lakes near the Banff Norquay entrance into Banff
Minnewanka Loop, a five minute drive from Banff
Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff, consider hiking Tunnel Mountain or the Hoodoo Trails for stunning views of the town and surrounding areas
The iconic Lake Louise
Moraine Lake in Lake Louise
Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) where it is common to see wildlife here, early morning or late day. Please be advised that this highway experiences seasonal closures
On the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) there are many areas to park and take photos along the way

WHERE SHOULD I GO FOR A GUIDED TOUR?

There are many options for guided sightseeing and tours in Banff and Lake Louise. You can go on ice walking tours, heli-hiking tours, guided hikes and walks, boat tours on Lake Minnewanka, and other guided sightseeing. Tour bookings can be made in advance, or you can drop-in on the day depending on the activity and availability.

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Banff & Lake Louise Tour
From $ 1,500
/ Adult
  • Vancouver
  • 10-15