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  • Address: Trans-Canada Highway, Lake Louise T0L 1E0, Canada
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Banff Lake Louise Tours

The turquoise jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise sits nestled between glaciers, beckoning visitors with its mirror-like waters, serene setting, and plethora of summer and winter activities, from hiking to snowshoeing. The mountain resort town of Banff is just down the Trans-Canada Highway from Lake Louise.
 
The Basics
Lake Louise is the name of both the lake and hamlet inside Banff National Park, each located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) apart. Part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is near Jasper National Park and glacial attractions like Athabasca Glacier, the Columbia Icefield, and the Glacier Skywalk. You might spend the majority of your time at Lake Louise, or take a tour from Banff that covers Kootenay National Park, Marble Canyon, and the lake. Hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking are popular summertime pursuits, while Lake Louise Ski Resort provides wintertime recreation and some winter tours include snowshoe treks. To see nearby sites without transportation hassles, take a hop-on hop-off bus through Banff, with stops running from Banff townsite to Lake Louise.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The elevation of Lake Louise is 5,740 feet (1,750 meters), while Banff is at 4,540 feet (1,384 meters); drink plenty of water to stay hydrated at the high altitudes.
  • Some short trails in the area provide wheelchair accessibility, such as the Banff Legacy Trail and Bow Riverside Trail.
  • The area’s public shuttles are not wheelchair accessible.
  • A Park Pass is required to enter Banff National Park and to travel on the scenic parkways such as the Icefields Parkway; this requirement is covered in most tours.
 
How to Get There
Lake Louise is 35 miles (57 kilometers) northwest of Banff, which is 79 miles (127 kilometers) west of Calgary, Alberta’s largest city and home to Calgary International Airport. The Rocky Mountaineer has regularly scheduled train service with a stop in Banff. Once in Banff, the hop-on hop-off bus tour provides transportation around Banff National Park, including to Lake Louise.
 
When to Get There
Banff and Lake Louise are year-round destinations, so plan your visit according to the experiences that interest you. Warm-weather activities like hiking generally run from June to mid-October with July and August being the warmest months. The larch trees around Lake Louise turn yellow and orange in late September or early October. Winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing run from December through April.
 
Visiting the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
In addition to natural splendor, Lake Louise boasts a man-made icon, as well—the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Dating back to 1911, the luxury hotel has hosted Hollywood stars and European royalty and is worth a visit for afternoon tea, a fondue dinner, a spa treatment, or a drink with a view of the turquoise lake.

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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group, Calgary, null
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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Join a day-long (approximately 11 hours) tour through the Majestic Canadian Rockies! Explore the breathtaking and inspiring scenery that Alberta has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.26
Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour, Jasper, Full-day Tours
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

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This one-way tour from Jasper to Lake Louise is the ultimate way to experience the biggest and best the Canadian Rockies has to offer! Your journey takes you ...  Read more

Location: Jasper, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.24
Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour, Banff, Day Trips
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Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

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This incredible one-way journey from Lake Louise to Jasper takes you through some of the most amazing mountain landscapes Canada has to offer. Admire a ...  Read more

Location: Lake Louise, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.24
Lake Louise Winterland from Banff, Banff, Day Trips
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Lake Louise Winterland from Banff

The snow is always deep, soft and plentiful at Lake Louise. Make the most of your winter experience in the Rockies and enjoy a full day tour to magical Lake ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.69
Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour, Banff, Ski & Snow
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Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a full day small group tour with a professional guide at Lake Louise Parkway that contains some of the best scenery that Canada has to offer. With ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 8 to 8.5 hrs

From USD $132.26
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff, Banff, Cultural Tours
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

Admire lakes and glaciers on a full day tour from Banff to the Columbia Icefield. Ride the Ice Explorer and settle in as a local guide provides fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.23
Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff, Banff, Day Trips
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.23
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary, Calgary, Ski & Snow
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Discover Canada's beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls during this day trip from Calgary. Explore Banff National Park and visit Lake Louise, the 'Jewel of ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.69
Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff, Banff, Day Trips
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Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Animal lovers, don't miss your chance to discover the grizzly bear! Leaving Banff behind, you'll take a ride in a gondola for a great view of grizzly country, ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.55
Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus, Banff, Nature & Wildlife
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Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Explore Banff National Park easily and at your own pace with the knowledge of a guaranteed seat on the buses. Get everywhere you want to go easily and without ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $42.79

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