4. Canadian Rockies | | Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour
The Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks is such an amazing place where the scenery is often almost too good to be true. The National Parks of Banff, Yoho and Jasper are spread over hundreds of miles, each area with its own rewarding features, attractions and wildlife. Flexible Tour: Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Includes: Lake Louise and Yoho (Full Day) Lake Louise is one of the most famous of all the photos to take in the Rockies, with the beautifully coloured lake backdropped by massive, glacier-draped peaks. Moraine Lake is easily as stunning, with 10 peaks surrounding the lake. Be sure to read the information about pre-planning required to visit Moraine Lake. Yoho is the National Park that continues directly west of Lake Louise. Major attractions include Takakkaw Falls, a mighty glacier-fed cascade is the biggest in the Rockies, the serene Emerald Lake, and the Natural Bridge - an awesome display of the power of water. Also make a stop at the Spiral Tunnels to witness some manmade ingenuity. Commentary fills the portion of the drive between Lake Louise and Banff, with Johnston Canyon the most popular stop, and it's your choice whether to drive on the fast Hwy 1, or the slower, scenic 1A - Bow Valley Parkway. Icefields Parkway (Long Full Day) Without any doubt, this is the most scenic drive in the National Parks and has been voted the World's Most Beautiful Mountain Drive. Glaciers that practically touch the road, brilliant blue lakes, and thundering waterfalls dominate the route. And this drive is usually rich with wildlife. Take a full day to enjoy all the stops if driving one way between Banff or Lake Louise and Jasper, or reverse. It is also common to drive from Banff/Lake Louise to the Icefields Centre and then return as a day trip. Jasper (1-2 Days) With wider valleys between its mighty mountain ranges, and a touch lower elevation, Jasper is an ideal environment for wildlife. Drive the loop that visits the pretty lakes that sit on a benchland above the town, effortlessly climb Whistlers Mountain on the TramWay and even share the view with some big horn sheep on Old Fort Point, all close to the town. Then venture further out to the Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, the location of the famous Spirit Island cruise. And be sure to soak in the Rockies' hottest springs at Miette. Around Town of Banff (Half- Full Day) There are about a dozen surprisingly impressive things to do around the town of Banff, none more than 20 minutes away. Join the tour loop and follow from place to place with frequent stops for incredible views, waterfalls, mountain lakes and often lucky wildlife spotting locations. Complete the loop with short stops in just a few hours, or plan to spend a day with extended visits to ride the Banff Gondola, cruise on Lake Minnewanka, paddle a rented canoe, or relax on a guided float trip.