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.
Dive into your week long foodie adventure with a special menu dinner at the Maple Leaf featuring Indigenous dishes by acclaimed Indigenous chef Shane Chartrand.
Start your day with a hearty and delicious brunch at Farm & Fire and then enjoy an easy morning in Banff exploring downtown and shopping. Head out to the Lake Minnewanka Cruise in the afternoon for the Beer Voyage where you'll be able to sample beers from local breweries while enjoying a scenic boat cruise. Finish your day with an Italian feast at LUPO, which was named one of 'Canada's 100 Best' restaurants for 2023.
After brunch take a quick walk to the downtown shopping area of Banff Avenue.
Use Roam Route 6 from downtown Banff to Lake Minnewanka.
Enjoy breakfast or brunch at Bluebird and be sure you order the soufflé pancakes, even if it's just a side serving, you won't regret it! In the afternoon get ready for a western themed adventure as you head to the historic 3 Mile Cabin via horseback or wagon for a delicious steak dinner.
Get ready for another day of scenic dining adventures in Banff. First stop; the Juniper Bistro for brunch featuring fresh dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Next head to the Banff Canoe Club for a leisurely paddle to Vermilion Lakes. In the afternoon head to Banff's very own castle, the Fairmont Banff Springs for a guided food tour. And if you've still got room for more, finish your day at Shoku Izakaya with traditional and modern Japanese fare plus an irresistible cocktail menu.
Multiple Travel Options
Enjoy an early morning walk or a short car ride to the Juniper Bistro. There is parking available.
Either walk from the Juniper Bistro or drop your car back at your hotel and walk from there. Parking is extremely limited near the canoe docks
Take Roam Route 2 towards the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Visit Whitebark Cafe for some of the best coffee in town and grab a quick bite while you're there to fuel up for the day. Head into downtown and pick up a rental bike and then take a scenic ride along Vermilion Lakes Road. When you've worked up an appetite, head up to Mt. Norquay for a chairlift ride and a scenic dining experience at the Cliffhouse Bistro. Enjoy your afternoon and make your way back into town where you can plan for dinner at Chuck's Steakhouse, with the long summer days you can enjoy your Alberta Beef experience on their outdoor patio.
Walk a couple of blocks to downtown Banff where multiple bike rental stores are available.
Use the free Norquay shuttle service from downtown Banff to Mt. Norquay.
The Cliffhouse Bistro is located at the top of the Mt. Norquay Chairlift.
Get an early start as you head to Lake Louise for a day of hiking and breathtaking lakes. Take the scenic route via the Bow Valley Parkway and keep an eye out for wildlife. Use a shuttle from the Lake Louise Ski Resort to get to Lake Louise and then start your hike to Lake Agnes Tea House, Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse or if you're up for it you can join the trails together and make it a big 15km loop. When you're done catch the shuttle to Moraine Lake for one of Banff National Parks most iconic views and then check into your hotel in Lake Louise for the evening.
Multiple Travel Options
Drive from Banff to Lake Louise and then park at the Lake Louise Ski Resort where you can catch the Parks Canada shuttle to Lake Louise. You must book your shuttle in advance.
Enjoy this 6.8 km round trip hike on an easy to follow trail with moderate incline. Be prepared with water and snacks and cash for the tea house.
Enjoy this 10.6 km round trip hike on an easy to follow trail with moderate incline. Be prepared with water and snacks and cash for the tea house.
Start your last full day in Banff National Park right with a breakfast wrap from local favourite Trailhead Café and then head to the Lake Louise Summer Gondola. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you ride the gondola to the top and then choose from a variety of hiking trails or book in for a guided hike. Once you've worked up an appetite make your way to Whitehorn Bistro for gourmet dining with unbeatable patio views. Finish your foodie getaway with a memorable dinner at the historic Station Restaurant.
Central to most hotels in Lake Louise, Trailhead Café will likely be within walking distance.
Make the short drive to the Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola where ample parking is available.
Whitehorn Bistro is just a short, scenic walk from the upper gondola station.
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:
Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Paddle Vermilion Lakes
Eat the Castle Guided Food Tour
Bike Vermilion Lakes Road
Mt. Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
On Mountain Dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro
Hike Lake Agnes Tea House
Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
Lake Louise Summer Sightseeing Gondola
On Mountain Dining at Whitehorn Bistro
Good to Know
Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips: