Driving Distance: 376 KM | 10 hours approximately
A visit to Lake Louise is like stepping into a picture post card. The turquoise color of the lake, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, and the palatial Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is what makes Lake Louise picture perfect.
The hamlet has long been a mecca for those seeking the outdoors and adventures. For those who are seeking something a little tame, rent a canoe at the Lake Louise Boathouse and enjoy canoeing on the lake. Or just go on a hike along the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail to the Victoria Glacier, hike up to the famous Lake Agnes Tea House or be wowed by the glowing larches during the fall. Lake Louise also offers many other hiking opportunities.
Winter offers visitors a whole menu of fun activities to indulge in. From sleigh rides to dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snowtubing to 1,699 hectares (4,200 acres) of skiable terrain, particularly good for families, Lake Louise has it all. Clients should try ice skating on Lake Louise, justifiably labelled one of the most beautiful outdoor rinks in the world.
Clients may also want to drive up the scenic Icefield Parkway all the way to the Columbia Icefield and take a walk on the Glacier Sky Walk (admissions not included in your self-drive package. Check with our Canadian Destination Specialists for more details). This 227-kilometre (143-mile) highway connects the picturesque mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper while paralleling the Continental Divide (the watershed that divides rivers flowing east from those flowing west).
Besides the extraordinary landscape, you will possibly view wildlife such as elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and the occasional bear or wolf along the highway. Considered one of the most stunning alpine drives in the world, the drive along the Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) is an unforgettable experience. Spend the day immersed in the Canadian Rockies, arcing beneath towering craggy peaks and alongside dozens of glaciers.
Return to Banff at the end of the day.
Overnight in Banff, AB.