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Experience Mother Nature's Best Outdoor Playground

Lake Louise Summer Activities

Known for its scenic beauty, rugged mountains and bounty of wildlife, glaciers and turquoise lakes, Lake Louise is Banff National Parks's best year-round playground. Opportunities abound in our valley to experience new adventures, connect with nature and our local landscapes as well as our local people, favourite hot spots, festivals and events. We are eager for you to partake in the many activities, attractions, and events in Lake Louise, Alberta. May the information provided here help plan a memorable Canadian Rockies vacation.

What to Bring: Bring your bathing suit, warm jackets and sweaters for layering, good walking boots, thin and thick socks, rain jacket or light windproof jacket and of course, your camera!

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Bird Watching

Birding is a sport that everyone can enjoy. Simply go for a hike and keep an ear out for a variety of woodland and lakefront species.  Visit Parks Canada Website for list of birds

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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs is located on Sulphur Mountain – about a 10 minute drive across Banff from Hwy#1. The views are spectacular as you soak away the day in the large outdoor pool. Price is approx $7.30 per adult – they are open until 10 p.m.

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Road Biking & Mountain Biking

Biking is a wonderful way of travelling around Lake Louise and out to Moraine Lake – it’s very environmentally conscious and there are so many places to explore. We recommend Wilson Mountain Sports for your bike rental needs - they have everything. Click here for Lake Louise Trail Guide

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Canoe Lake Louise

Chateau Lake Louise Canoe Experience is a must when visiting Lake Louise, Alberta. Choose from half-hour to hourly rentals from $45.

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Helicopter Tours & Heli-Hiking

Climb aboard with Rockies Heli for the most epic adventure in the Canadian Rockies. Rockies Heli offers helicopter experiences from 20 minutes to 55 minutes from their base 25 minutes off the Icefields Parkway at Saskatchewan Crossing.  Some of their flight even include a stop for a one hour discovery hike of Twin Falls.  Check out our helicopter tour packages for more information.

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Fishing

Banff National Park is filled with a network of rivers and lakes that are home to a variety of trout species. A permit is required for Banff National Park and special regulations apply. Fishing outside the Park requires an Alberta Provincial fishing license. Fishing Guides can outfit you with licenses and gear.

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Golfing

Banff, Alberta and Canmore, Alberta are home to several of the most scenic Rocky Mountain golf courses in the world. Banff Springs Golf Course - Tel: (403) 762-6801 - Canmore Golf Course - Tel: (403) 678-4785 - Golf Course at Silver Tip, Canmore - Tel: 1-877-877-5444

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Gondola

Take in outstanding 360 degree views from 6,850ft at Lake Louise Gondola (open May – October) in the open chair or gondola. It is an excellent way to watch wildlife - especially bears! There are hiking trails and observation decks at the summit for maximum viewing pleasure. Approximately $28 per adult.

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Glacier SkyWalk

The Glacier SkyWalk is a unique experience that puts you on a glass-floored observation platform 280 metres (918 feet) over the Sunwapta Valley. The entire experience, offered by Brewster, starts with a walk along the Discovery Trail and costs $25 per adult. Visit Site

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Hiking

Lake Louise Banff National Park is a Canadian Rockies hiking paradise with a variety of trails from moderate to challenging. View Banff & Lake Louise Hiking Maps. Lake Agnes Tea House hike along Lake Louise is a very popular hike for all abilities due to its wide and flat trail. You can carry on to the Plain of Six Glaciers for a more vigorous hike.

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Horseback Riding

Travel through Lake Louise as the pioneers of the area once did on horse. It is a stunning and relaxing way to experience the mountainsides and valley floor. Horseback riding trips range from hourly to full day trips including meals. Visit website

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Icefields Parkway

Linking Lake Louise with Jasper, Alberta is one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet. Rated as one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveller, the Icefields Parkway is a 232 km stretch of double-lane highway winding along the Continental Divide through soaring rocky mountain peaks and vast sweeping valleys. Visit IcefieldsParkway.com

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Johnston Canyon

Located 25 minutes south-east of the Mountaineer Lodge, this popular walk/hike experience meanders through an ancient river canyon. There is a paved walkway to the second waterfalls about 3km one way.

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Photography

Early and late in the day is usually the best time for photography and nature watching. Please treat the landscape and its inhabitants with respect; stay on established trails to avoid trampling vegetation and always give wildlife plenty of space.

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River Rafting

White water is an exciting way to experience the thunderous waters of the Candian Rockies. From river floats to class 4 rapids you are in good hands with Wild Water Adventures in Lake Louise. Check out our rafting packages too.

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Sightseeing Tours

Banff National Park is one big place so taking a tour is a great way to sightsee and learn about the landscapes. From wildlife tours to learning about mountain peaks and valleys, there is a tour that's perfect for you.  Check out available tours


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Tea House Hikes

These historic cabins, nestled quaintly along some of the most breathtaking trails in the country, provide welcome rest and much-deserved refreshments to visitors. While the hike to just one of these provides a rewarding experience for hikers of many abilities, adventurous hikers can take on the “Tea House Challenge” and trek to both Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers in one day

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Self-Drive Tours

Enjoy the spectacular scenery and spot wildlife on your own schedule with GyPSy Guide an in-car self directed tour experience. GyPSy Guide plays interesting and entertaining commentary and stories automatically as you approach interesting places. This is the perfect way to experience the Icefields Parkway on your way to our Jasper hotel -Icefields Parkway Website

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Wildlife

The opportunity to observe wild animals (elk, deer, black bear, grizzly bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goats) as they go about their natural lives is one of the most fascinating experiences that Banff National Park has to offer. Wildlife Sightseeing Tours are available in Banff and Lake Louise

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