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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

Banff, Canada

From $153.26

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


See the best that Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness have to offer—including Victoria Glacier, stunning Moraine Lake and towering Takakkaw Falls—on this full-day guided coach tour.  Over the course of the day, discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, plus enjoy lunch and round-trip transport from Banff.
  • Day trip from Banff to Moraine Lake and other Canadian Rockies attractions
  • See some of the most beautiful natural features Canada has to offer, including Takakkaw Falls and Victoria Glacier
  • Look for local wildlife as you travel by comfortable coach
  • Round-trip transport from Banff hotels included

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and/or drop-off at multiple locations
  • Lunch
  • Local taxes
  • Dedicated on-board Host
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • Elk + Avenue Hotel, 333 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1 Canada

  • Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4 Canada

  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, 521 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8 Canada

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Please Note

Banff Caribou Lodge 8:05 am pickup Fairmont Banff Springs 8:05 am pickup Elk + Avenue Hotel 8:15 am pickup

What To Expect

This full-day tour of Banff National Park is the perfect way to visit some of the Canadian Rockies’ greatest hits, from Victoria Glacier to Moraine Lake.

Start your day with pickup from select locations in Banff, and proceed on a short drive up to the park’s famous Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic route that is often frequented by local wildlife like elk, deer and more than 200 species of birds.

Back on the coach, continue to a series of mountain peaks below Victoria Glacier. Stop for a quick lunch here at the lake before visiting nearby Moraine Lake, another amazing alpine sight, as well as the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Moving on, head over the Great Divide and into Yoho National Park, via the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass, for a stop at the Spiral Tunnels. Then finish your sightseeing at magnificent Takakkaw Falls before heading back to Banff in the late afternoon.

Brewster Sightseeing (Pass By)


Victoria Glacier (Pass By)

Views of Victoria Glacier

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Prior to your travel date, your hotel details must be provided to the local tour operator so they may arrange your pickup. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
  • Some of these stops are seasonal and subject to closures
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
Operated by Banff Jasper Collection By Pursuit

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

Don't t drive to sites because they are very, very crowded.
The sights are all packed if you travel by car and attempt to do them yourself but there is separate parking for the organised trips so you park close to the locations and don't have to wait.
299 reviews
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William_S, Jun 2022
Brad was a skilled driver and a great host. We were able to catch sightings of the wildlife. The stops were majestic.
Majestic and beautiful
pat_d, Jun 2022
Mike and Claudie, our bus driver and tour guide, added information and fun to our tour. They made sure we saw the maximum of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls—plus trains and wildlife, too!
Awesome guides made for exceptional experience
David_D, Jun 2022
The tour guides went out of their way to add additional stops as 2 planned places were still closed due to snow pack on the roads. The history, folklore, and banter was amazing and was absolutely fascinating!
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
Navigate663578, Nov 2019
Well worth the effort. Beautiful scenery a feast for the eyes. Experienced driver cum guide who even pointed out where to look for wild life as we passed/paused at their habitats
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing day out
Marilyn22262, Nov 2019
enjoyed the beautiful lakes, such vibrant colours it was unbelievable, from green to blue, highly recommended
Gina O, Oct 2019
The tour was well organized and Colin and Luke were a very funny duo. The Brewster bus was very new and comfy. I was on one of the last tours for the season so Moraine Lake was starting to freeze, Lake Louise was a bit foggy early but then Yoho NP had no snow and we got to see Emerald Lake in all her beauty. The natural bridge in the same area was throwing wonderful colours too. I'm so glad I got to see the Lakes differently (snow vs no snow vs fog). Makes for diverse memories.
Great Trip-Highly Recommend
Ned T, Aug 2019
Great Trip and highly recommend. Driver was excellent. Don't t drive to sites because they are very, very crowded. Taking this tour is the best and well worth the money.
Tour Review
Gary M, Aug 2019
Our tour of the mountains and lakes around Banff on July 29th was all we could ever ask for. Every stop was spectacular and the commentary was delightfully informative. Our driver, John and his helper, MacKenzie served us with great attitudes and were very engaging on the entire trip.
Lovely trip
Claireh1019, Aug 2019
The trip was great. The sights are all packed if you travel by car and attempt to do them yourself but there is separate parking for the organised trips so you park close to the locations and don't have to wait. You get just the right amount of time at each place and the driver/guide was really informative and a lovely guy! The only reason that this was not a 5 star review is that the lunch was terrible! And when I say terrible, I actually mean verging on inedible. I have never tasted food with so little flavour, we were starving afterwards. This was the only downside and I would definitely suggest the company look at resolving it or choosing another restaurant.
A happy - amazing day!
Ronald L, Aug 2019
Matthew and Shane were perfect hosts for day. Matthew's humor and personal stories were outstanding - kept us laughing and engaged the entire trip. Both guides were very knowledgeable. Driving skills were outstanding. Would recommend this tour to all visitors - of all abilities. Comfortable bus. "Mr Rogers" aught to be cast in the movie. Explained things so well with a relaxed and easy manner.
Tampa friends
Joanna_B, Jul 2019
Tour was wonderful. We saw so much in just one day. Tour guides David and Mackenzie were very informative. The only negative aspect of the tour is that no one ever told us we would have a 2 hour wait to catch the next bus back to town.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Canadien Rockies are gorgeous!
Joseph_S, Jul 2019
Bus tour we were on went to most of these destinations but this tour gave more time & information. We were glad we did it! Tour Guide was helpful and informative. Natural sites included in tour were outstanding!
Kimberly_D, Jul 2019
It was fabulous from start to finish ,and the staff were great , the lakes and falls were gorgeous, have to see it to believe it
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Tour & Driver
deb_h, Jul 2019
Excellent day spent with Jon as our entertaining driver. He kept us laughing and interested the entire day. Very pleasant. The tour took us to so many beautiful spots. We would have spent hours on our own trying to get to see the same places as parking is minimal and most places you have to walk quite a distance IF you can park at all. Adequate time for each stop. Good lunch provided. Well worth it.
Very helpful to plan the rest of our visit.
Richard_H, Jul 2019
We did this to were on our first day in the Banff National Park area. It gave us a good understanding of what we wanted to return to and spend more time at. Our bus driver and guide were very helpful and provided a lot of good information about the area. Beyond that, the stops that we made were well-thought-out and give us a good dose of natural splendor.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful Day
Gerald_N, Jul 2019
We really enjoyed our tour of the beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls from Banff. Our guides, Lauren and Colin, made the day very special and enjoyable.
Better than expected
GTWO20854, Jun 2019
Anytime I get on a 50 passenger bus to take in the sites I expect to feel a little like cattle. Not the case here. Genesis and Mike made us all feel welcome. They were personable, pleasant an of course professional. Their knowledge of the area was amazing and the driving was great. Even when others did not follow the rules of the road Genesis had already anticipated this. and if you have never done a switchback...fasten your seat belts and relax.
Beautiful Adventure!
Richard S, Jun 2019
The tour to the lakes was wonderful. The weather was fantastic, the sites beautiful, and the guides knowledge. Pat and Sara knew the best views of the lakes. Lunch was surprisingly good. The only disappointment was that the roads to the waterfall was closed due to an avalanche. We had ample time to hike around so overall we would recommend this tour.
More than just mountains and waterfalls
Navigate17958621138, May 2019
This tour was filled with scenery more spectacular than the last with every turn. Visited, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Johnson Canyon, Bow Falls, and the spiral tunnels. Our driver, Mona, was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. She named the mountains and explained the national park history very well. Lake Louise was not yet thawed but did not spoil the experience. May was the perfect time to go to Rockies as no crowds with beautiful weather. Would do this trip again. It is a long tour ( full day) but plenty of time to rest. Enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Emerald Lake lodge (included with tour) and a surprise hot tea and snack later.
Lakes and Waterfalls
Kara_C, May 2019
Beautiful! The driver was so knowledgeable. On time to pick us up at our hotel. Just make sure you confirm your pick-up location. Some walking will be done, so just comfortably. Snacks are provided as well as coffee and tea & Lunch! So much fun, would definitely do it again!!


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