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Local Expert Shae

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If you had just one more day in Banff and Lake Louise, what would you do 

I would start my day grabbing a chai latte, freshly baked pastry, and sandwich for the road at JK Bakery. Then I’d rent a paddleboard from Bow Valley SUP and drive up the Icefields Parkway to Waterfowl Lakes Campground. I would spend the day hiking to Chephren Lake and then enjoying an evening paddle on Waterfowl Lakes. 

What is the question that you get asked most by visitors? 

Q: “Where can I see a bear”  

A: Although there is no way to guarantee seeing wildlife, riding up the Lake Louise Summer Gondola is a great place as grizzlies and other wildlife are usually roaming down below. 

What’s your best tip for people planning a visit to Banff and Lake Louise? 

Pack layers! Mountain weather can change very quickly and there’s a good chance you could experience all 4 seasons in 1 day. 

What’s your best off-the-beaten-path tip, secret ski spot, or lesser-known hiking trail in Banff and Lake Louise? 

Treat yourself to a cabin stay in the woods while you’re in Banff National Park. Storm Mountain Lodge is located halfway between Banff and Lake Louise. These cabins have been refurbished to provide an authentic, yet elegant experience in the woods. With a delicious and inventive restaurant onsite Storm Mountain Lodge is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway in Banff National Park.  

What is something that most people don’t know about Banff and Lake Louise? 

The Town of Banff and Village of Lake Louise are within Banff National Park, which is also bordered by 3 other National Parks. Kootenay, Yoho, and Jasper National Park are all within a 4-hour drive of the Town of Banff. By purchasing your Banff National Park Pass you get entry into all these National Parks, this makes Banff the perfect base for all your outdoor adventures. 

Any foodie tips for hungry travellers? 

Bear Street! The patio friendly street has live music in the summer, and a firepit with Muskoka chairs for the winter. In my opinion this is the best place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or an after-work drink. My favourites would be brunch at the Bison, pizza at Bear Street Tavern, or a craft beer flight at Three Bears Brewery. 

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