Banff Lake Louise Tours

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Banff Lake Louise
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.
Address: Trans-Canada Highway, Lake Louise T0L 1E0, Canada
Admission: Free
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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group

Get a comprehensive tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake highlights during this 11-hour excursion from Calgary. Learn about the history of Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, accompanied by your guide's engaging commentary. Banff National Park entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Lake Louise Winterland from Banff

Visit Kootenay National Park, Marble Canyon, and Lake Louise all in one day on this tour from Baniff that includes round-trip transport and snowshoes for trekking around the snow and ice. After you get a look at one of the deepest canyons in the Rockies, head over to the lake. You can choose to ice skate or go on a sleigh ride (own expense), or you can relax at the Chateau Lake Louise or follow your guide around on snowshoes through the area.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Jasper to Lake Louise One-Way Tour

Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies on this 10-hour Jasper to Lake Louise one-way tour. Travel along the famous Icefields Parkway with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over mighty glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and sparkling mountain lakes. Stop at top attractions such as Athabasca Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Explore the Athabasca Glacier or take the skywalk over Sunwapta Valley. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Banff and Jasper, and finish your Canadian adventure near the rolling shores of magical Lake Louise.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver

Let a professional coach driver do the navigating into the heart of the Canadian Rockies as you sit back and take in the glorious mountain views. On this four-night trip that departs from and returns to a convenient location in downtown Vancouver (near the cruise-ship dock), all of your overnight accommodations are included. Daily breakfast is also included, and your itinerary features plenty of free time to spend just the way you like.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

Enjoy this full-day tour from Banff, visiting the Athabasca Glacier and the stunning scenery lining the breathtaking Icefields Parkway. This tour travels halfway along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the top drives in the world passing numerous Rocky Mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and emerald lakes. Your tour also includes round-trip transport from Banff, a mountain picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk, and an all-terrain Ice Explorer tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Lake Louise and Icefield Parkway Sightseeing Full-Day Tour

The Rockies boast some of the Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. With this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from your Banff or Lake Louise hotel and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal- and nature-lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride up to 7,700 feet for a mountain-top lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat to see Boo the resident bear rescued as a cub. This full-day trip also includes round-trip transportation, professional guide, lunch and light refreshments.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary

Explore the sapphire-blue lakes and towering waterfalls of Banff National Park and the Yoho Valley on this 14 hour day trip from Calgary. Discover the iconic Lake Louise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set against the backdrop of the majestic Victoria Glacier. Then head to the Yoho Valley, where you'll stop by the beautiful Takkakaw Falls. Your mountain lakes and waterfalls day trip also includes lunch, coach transport and round-trip transport from select Calgary hotels.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Rocky Mountains Summer Adventure Tour

This Rocky Mountains 4-day summer tour makes it easy to plan an adventure for group members with different traveling styles. Along with sightseeing, going up the Lake Louise Gondola, and wine tasting at Monte Creek Ranch Winery, you can also opt (or opt out of) taking hikes, going on a river safari cruise, and taking an ice field tour. Plus, you can book the type of room perfect for your small group, depending on everyone's preferences.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary

Explore the majestic scenery along the Icefields Parkway, including a trip out onto Athabasca Glacier by all-terrain vehicle, during this 14-hour day trip from Calgary. Visit iconic sites like Lake Louise before enjoying a drive along the Icefields Parkway, admiring the road's jaw-dropping scenery, before arriving at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll have the chance to visit the amazing Athabasca Glacier up close on board the all-wheel-drive Ice Explorer.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff

Discover the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and massive glaciers of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain region on this full-day Banff glacier tour to the Columbia Icefields. As you follow one of the world’s most famous mountain drives, the Icefield Parkway, you’ll stop at stunning Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake before the tour culminates in an all-terrain ride on the Ice Explorer through the amazing Columbia Icefields. This day trip includes roundtrip transport from multiple locations in Banff, a knowledgeable guide and buffet lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Banff to Jasper One-Way Tour

Explore the wilds of western Alberta on this 10-hour Banff to Jasper one-way tour. Travel with your guide through the rugged wilderness of Banff and Jasper national parks. Take in top regional attractions such as Bow Lake, the Crowfoot Glacier, Athabasca Falls, Lake Louise and the Weeping Wall. At the Columbia Icefield, hike to the Athabasca Glacier or take the Glacier Skywalk over Sunwapta Valley. Learn of the region’s geology at the Columbia Icefield Centre or enjoy a guided walk to a scenic viewpoint. Then, finish your journey in Jasper.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Icefields Parkway Discovery to Jasper from Calgary

Journey one way from Calgary to Jasper, stopping to enjoy the amazing natural scenery and great attractions in Jasper and Banff National Parks, during this 11-hour transfer and guided tour by coach. Photographers, outdoor lovers and casual sightseers alike will enjoy this opportunity to travel along the majestic Icefields Parkway that runs between the two cities, stopping at iconic locations like Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Crowfoot Glacier and Athabasca Falls, among others. You’ll also take a ride on top the Columbia Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer and take a break to purchase lunch.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Hop-On and Hop-Off Banff Bus

Discover Banff National Park at your own pace with a ticket for the Hop On bus. Buy your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot on the shuttle that zips around to attractions in the park not easily accessible without wheels. The modern school bus style shuttle goes between the town of Banff, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Samson Mall, and the Lake Louise gondola.  You choose where to visit and when. 
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Summer Tour to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake & Yoho National Park from Calgary

An exclusive 1-day tour provides you an opportunity to visit the top 3 lakes of the Canadian Rockies. - Lake Louise is the most famous and most popular lake in Baff National Park.- Moraine Lake is one of the most scenic of all lakes, with its shimmering turquoise-green water and surrounding snowcapped mountains rising up to 3,000 meters high.- Emerald Lake is the largest of Yoho National Park's 61 lakes and ponds with majestic clear water.
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

Explore the Canadian wilderness on this 9-hour Lake Louise to Jasper one-way tour. Following a pickup from your Lake Louise accommodation, travel with your guide through the wilds of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Marvel at some of Canada’s most impressive mountainscapes, and discover snow-covered peaks and mighty glaciers. Take in top regional attractions on route such as Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, the Weeping Wall and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia ice field, trek up to Athabasca Glacier or enjoy panoramic Sunwapta Valley views during the glacier skywalk.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Western Canada Tour (Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Banff, Revelstoke)

This small intimate tour provides a unique and truly Canadian mountain experience with overnight stays in Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Sunshine Mountain in Banff National Park, and Sutton Place at Revelstoke Mountain. You will have plenty of time to get off the beaten path and do some amazing hikes in addition to experiencing the world renowned sights of Maligne lake in Jasper, Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields, Banff and more. 
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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3-Day Rocky Mountains Athabasca Tour from Banff

Explore the heart of the Rocky Mountains with a trip through Banff and Jasper National Parks! This 3 day tour through the Canadian Rockies will take you on one of the most scenic roads in the world, the Icefields Parkway! You'll discover amazing glacial lakes (including Lake Louise), snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife everywhere you look. Note: the Athabasca is the middle 3 days of the 8 day Caribou tour. Some of your fellow travellers will have started together in Vancouver before you join them, and some will be continuing back to Vancouver after you finish.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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