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From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

1. From Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Sightseeing Tour

Experience Banff’s famous lakes on a guided tour of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.  Keep your eyes peeled for animals such as deer, elk, and bears on your way, and admire views of Castle Mountain before arriving at the first lake of the day. Hear stories about Banff National Park, its history, and the local animals from your guide. Enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lake Louise. Wander the famous shoreline and take photos of the lake against the backdrop of the mountains and Victoria Glacier.  Admire the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel from the outside or inside. Explore Moraine Lake, set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks with waterfalls and rock piles. Enjoy a short guided walk to the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks viewpoint, or relax and take in the lake from the shoreline. Enjoy water and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. After a 30-minute break at the viewpoint, return back to Banff and drop you off at your hotel.

From Calgary: Banff National Park Day Trip

2. From Calgary: Banff National Park Day Trip

The Canadian Rockies are an amazing place to explore, It's breathtaking scenery is sure to wow the most demanding taste in the world. Not your typical day tour, this feels as if you are on a quest for the most amazing places in Banff, live it! This experience is 10-11 hours long from the moment you are picked up at any of the listed locations in Calgary, Canmore or Banff, until the time you are brought back at your original meeting place. You will experience the area with your guide, and will also have time to explore on your own. You will have plenty of time to shop and taste the local flavours at the Town of Banff where you just might come across Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch! Our stops will include all the main tourist attractions such as Lake Minnewanka, the Town of Banff, as well as a scenic area of Kananaskis Provincial Park. However, the best places are our secret favourite spots and the stops here and there in between each destinations. One of these stops is at Surprise Corner to enjoy the views of the Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur Mountain. Lake Louise will definitely show off its natural glamour, and the many sights along the way will help to create a lifetime memory. From mid June to mid October you will stop at the spectacular and must see Moraine Lake! This is our favourite summer lake in all of the parks, you'll feel as if you are seeing heaven on earth! During the winter months we'll stop at Two Jack Lake so you can walk on this frozen waters and get a picture worth a million words! There are many activities in the area that you can also do while at Lake Louise, such as hiking, walking on the lake shore, renting ice skates or riding a horse sled in the winter months, or rent a canoe during the summer months. And of course you can just enjoy the majestic view at your own pace, maybe even find the inspiration for that novel you've been thinking of writing. Who's coming? You will be traveling in with a small group of 8 to 12 people who share the desire to visit the most majestic destinations in the park. We will adapt and adjust our stops according to traffic, weather, wildlife sightings. If you like to be dropped off in Banff or in Canmore when the tour ends, you don't have to come back to Calgary. Just text us to see if we have room for your luggage. This experience is about wowing you all day! So bring your phones and cameras fully charged as you might spot some of the local wildlife, a sunset, or you might hear a sound you never heard before, you never know... The reviews are real, the photos are without filters and the fun never stops, so come join this incredible day trip adventure! By the end of the day you will feel as if you spent the day with family you didn't know you had. This is not a touch and go kind of day, we promise you a good night sleep, good times and fun times year round!

[Winter]Marble Canyon, LakeLouise, Emerald Lake Full DayTour

3. [Winter]Marble Canyon, LakeLouise, Emerald Lake Full DayTour

Pick-up location and time 【NE Calgary】Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel @8:00 AM 【Downtown】Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel @8:15 AM 【Canmore】Travel Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Center @9:20 AM 【Banff Town】Elk + Avenue Hotel @9:45AM In the morning, we will pass by the well-defined [Castle Mountain]. It is a famous mountain in the Rocky Mountains between Banff and Lake Louise and is the Trans-Canada Highway. An impressive road sign. Don’t let the scenery along the way pass you by, it will bring you another unparalleled scenery. [Marble Canyon] There are 7 bridges in Marble Canyon that you can hike on in winter, walking in a zigzag pattern on the deep limestone canyon and the winding creek below. The canyon is the junction of Tocum Creek and Suzaku River. Fossils of Cambrian soft-bodied creatures millions of years ago were found here, which is quite magnificent. A narrow path over a creek, from the bridge you can see the canyon below, with a frozen waterfall cascading from above on the right, the stunning landscape and refreshing pools are impressive. In the afternoon, the trip continues to explore another fairy tale secret in the Rocky Mountains: [Lake Louise], backed by the [Victoria Glacier], from January to April every year (according to the official opening hours), the grand [Ice Magic] is launched here. Artists and ice sculpture enthusiasts gather here to build a beautiful fairy tale world. The [Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise] located on the lakeside looks like a painting, with glacial lakes complementing each other. Complimentary Activity: Snowshoeing (Free) (this activity is subject to weather and lake freezing conditions) Borrow snowshoes to step in the soft snow and have fun! **This activity depends on the weather and the icing conditions of the lake. Winter only.** Recommended activities for enriching the trip in the Lake Louise area (Choose max. 1 activity): 1. The world-famous Fairmont Chateau Afternoon Tea (additional fees) - Enjoy charming pastries, tea sandwiches, and tasty desserts while capturing snowy white fairytale-like Lake Louise. 2. Enjoy a Horse Sleigh Ride (additional fees) (Winter only) - A Classic way for the whole family to ride on the shores of Lake Louise. (Currently not accepting bookings for the sleigh due to inadequate snow coverage) After lunch, we will arrive [Emerald Lake], the place where the amazing blue-green color is caused by the sunlight reflecting off the "marl" layer. Before ending, you will be amazed by the waterfall cascading over [Natural Bridge]. Enjoy the sounds of nature as you stroll along the frozen path that leads to the Bridge. Drop off location: Banff/ Canmore/ Calgary

Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake Full Day Tour

4. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake Full Day Tour

Total Duration: 9 hours 1. Castle Mountain, AB T0L, Canada, pass by without stopping. Castle Mountain is a mountain located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately halfway between Banff and Lake Louise. The mountain was named in 1858 by James Hector for its castle-like appearance 2. Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta. 1 hour Lake Louise is a glacial lake within Banff National Park. It is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The turquoise colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. 3. Moraine Lake Rd off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. 1 hour Moraine Lake is one of the most photographic view point in the world. With new visitation restrictions in place, joining our day tour is the best way to guarantee your visit to Moraine Lake, leave the driving to us, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Moraine Lake up close and personal. 4. Lake Louise Visitor Information Centre, 201 Village Rd Samson Mall, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0 Canada. 1 hour The village of Lake Louise is the highest mini town with an elevation of 1,661 m. Take some free time here to have your lunch, browse the stores and the visitor center surrounding the mini square. Regain some energy for the next two lakes of the tour. 5. Crowfoot Glacier, Improvement District No. 9, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada, 10 minutes Early explorers named the glacier Crowfoot because its three sections of ice looked like a crow’s foot on the mountain. While one of the three “toes” has now receded and disappeared, the glacier is no less spectacular. 6. Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada, 30 minutes Bow Lake is one of the many lakes that line the Icefields Parkway and a popular stop for visitors to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It’s no secret that the Canadian Rockies are not short of spectacular vistas and lakes. Bow Lake is one of our top recommendations for a stop to stretch the legs on the Icefields Parkway. 7. Peyto Lake, Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada, 45 minutes During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake from a nearby glacier, and these suspended rock particles are what give the lake a unique bright, turquoise colour. Because of its bright colour, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books,and the area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot. 7. Herbert Lake, Columbia Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada, 15 minutes The Herbert Lake has the lake and snow-capped mountain views are stunning. There is an awesome and far less-traveled trail with great mountain views. (Note: the entrance could be closed by the park without notifying. )

Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

5. Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you to not-to-be-missed places of interest across Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper, along with fascinating stories, tips and directions. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. The Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks are such an amazing place where the scenery is often almost too good to be true. The National Parks are spread over hundreds of miles, each area with its own rewarding features, attractions and wildlife. 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.

Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake Full Day Tour

6. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake Full Day Tour

Total Duration: 9 - 10 hours 1. Castle Mountain, AB T0L, Canada, pass by without stopping Castle Mountain is a mountain located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately halfway between Banff and Lake Louise. The mountain was named in 1858 by James Hector for its castle-like appearance. 2. Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, 1 hour 30 minutes Lake Louise is a glacial lake within Banff National Park. It is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The turquoise colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. 3. Moraine Lake Rd off Great Divide Hwy, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. 1 hour Moraine Lake is one of the most photographic view point in the world. With new visitation restrictions in place, joining our day tour is the best way to guarantee your visit to Moraine Lake, leave the driving to us, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Moraine Lake up close and personal. 4. Lake Louise Visitor Information Centre, 201 Village Rd Samson Mall, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0 Canada. 1 hour The village of Lake Louise is the highest mini town with an elevation of 1,661 m. Take some free time here to have your lunch, browse the stores and the visitor center surrounding the mini square. Regain some energy for the next two lakes of the tour. 5. Spiral Tunnels, Trans-Canada Highway, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Canada, 15 minutes A brutal avalanche in 1899 that destroyed the station at Rogers Pass. One by one, the frugal proposals were eliminated and CP Rail's chief engineer signed off on a much more ambitious project that would solve the problem once and for all. 6. Emerald Lake Road, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Canada, 1 hour 30 minutes Emerald Lake is a freshwater lake and enclosed by mountains of the President Range. The vivid green color of the Emerald Lake water is caused by powdered rock from the glaciers, which reflects the blue-green spectrum of sunlight. The rock type and the amount of it in the water causes the color to vary from lake to lake and month to month, even take a short surrounding-lake walk with us to sense the quiet beauty of the color enriched lake that you would never forget in the rest of your life. 7. Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Canada, 20 minutes Natural Bridge is an impressive natural rock formation that spans the flow of the Kicking Horse River west of Field, where the slower-moving waters from the Field valley flats begin their descent through a canyon to be joined by the Amiskwi River. Sculpted by the erosive forces of rushing water over what had once been a waterfall, the Natural Bridge is a powerful reminder of how much influence water has in shaping the landscape.

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What people are saying about Castle Mountain

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 166 reviews

Banff is a beautiful place to visit! Well worth the trip! Communication was clear about pickup times and our guide Gordon was terrific. He was engaging, knowledgeable, funny, and very good at communicating times and places. Safe driver too! Definitely recommend this company for trips to Banff and hopefully I’ll be able to go back in the summer for a second visit.

Gordon was an AMAZING GUIDE!!! He was so knowledgeable and helpful! We had a BLAST!! We'll be back for summer 🌞!!

It was amazing. The experience is definitely worth it. The guide was informative.

Gordon and Murray were great guides! Highly recommend this tour.

Excellent! And our guide Murray was extraordinary.