Getting to Banff and Lake Louise
With plenty of transportation options to get you to and from the Banff and Lake Louise area, you can rest easy knowing you'll be able to plan a seamless journey from start to finish.Learn about getting here.
Welcome to Banff, the perfect place for your picturesque mountain Christmas vacation. Arrive at Banff in the early afternoon and check into your accommodation before setting out to explore this winter wonderland on a guided fat biking expedition. Finish the evening at a local Banff steakhouse surrounded by wood, fire, and warmth.
Get an early start to your day, enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and then head up to Lake Louise for two iconic Christmas activities in Banff and Lake Louise – wild skating on the frozen Lake Louise and dog sledding. Grab a hot chocolate and a quick bite to warm up in between at the Guide's Pantry and then finish your day by dining lake-side at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and wander the hotel viewing their spectacular Christmas displays.
Use Roam Public Transit Route 8X for a hassle-free journey from Banff to Lake Louise. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.
Located in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this is a quick walk from the lakeshore.
From the Lake Louise lakeshore, take a short walk down the Louise Creek Trail to the Great Divide trailhead where your dog sledding tour starts.
Start your day with a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy meadows of Banff. Afterwards, have lunch at Wild Flour Bakery before strapping on your snowshoes for a guided snowshoeing experience. Then, feel like you're in a winter fairy tale exploring Banff’s Christmas lights display and finish your evening with a classic winter dining experience of fondue.
Multiple Travel Options
If it's warm enough enjoy an easy walk to the stables across the Nancy Pauw pedestrian bridge. If it's a little cool for you liking, the drive to the stables takes about 10 minutes from town and there's parking available.
Multiple Travel Options
Return to your hotel after lunch. Snowshoeing locations will vary but your provider will provide transport with a pick up from your hotel.
It's an easy walk from downtown Banff to the Cascade of Time Garden.
Soar high above Banff with the Banff Gondola and explore Santa’s mountaintop workshop. Then, unwind with a relaxing visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Soak in the warm waters while surrounded by snowy vistas. Spend your day exploring Banff’s quaint streets and shops including the Spirit of Christmas - Banff's very own year round Christmas shop! And finish up with a cozy meal at the Maple Leaf.
Use Roam Public Transit Route 1.
The hot springs are just a short walk from the gondola station so make sure you pack your swimsuit when you leave for the day.
Use Roam Transit Route 1 back to downtown Banff.
From Bear Street, it's quick walk to Banff Ave (it's the next street over).
Start your last day in Banff by experience the joy of sliding down a mountain at Mt. Norquay’s tube track. Once you’re done whooping it up on the track, head back into town for one last lunch, at Farm & Fire where you can enjoy a variety share plates featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Mt. Norquay offer a free shuttle with regular departures to the skill hill in the winter.
Where to Stay
Here's some accommodation options that work for this trip:
Reservations & Booking
Some of the activities require reservations or bookings upfront. Here is an overview of all providers:
Guided E-Fat Biking Tour
Ice Skating on Lake Louise
Dog Sledding in Lake Louise
Sleigh Ride in Banff
Guided Snowshoeing Tour
Soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs
Tubing at Mt. Norquay
Good to Know
Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips: