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.
Start your Banff and Lake Louise adventure with a day full of beautiful scenery and history in the town of Banff.
From downtown Banff make use of the new Nancy Pauw Pedestrian Bridge for a quick and easy walk to Warner Stables.
Stretch your legs after your horse ride with an easy walk along a beautiful tree covered trail to the Cave & Basin.
Spend another day exploring the town of Banff and its surrounds with a focus on wildlife, nature and lots of time outdoors in the fresh air.
Wake up and say yes to adventure with a Big Canoe Tour. Starting at the Banff Canoe Club you'll take a guided paddle up the Bow River with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views and spot wildlife. Refuel with lunch and then spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs and keepsakes in the Banff downtown core.
After your canoe return to downtown Banff on foot for some shopping.
Hit the road and take the scenic route along the Bow Valley Parkway as you head to your next destination in Lake Louise. Stop at Johnston Canyon on the way for short hike to see breathtaking waterfalls.
For your final full day in the Canadian Rockies you'll explore the Lake Louise area and experience everything it has to offer.
Take a short drive from your accommodation in Lake Louise to the Lake Louise Gondola where you will be leaving your car for the day.
Use the Parks Canada shuttles from the Lake Louise Gondola to the Lake Louise lakeshore. Tickets for the shuttles must be reserved in advance.
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:
Horseback Riding in Banff
Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Guided Wildlife Tour
Bow River Big Canoe Tour
Lake Louise Summer Sightseeing Gondola
Good to Know
Maximise your trip enjoyment with a little pre-planning. Here's our pro tips: