5 "Must-Do" Activities when visiting Lake Louise and Banff
Updated: Apr 11
Are you dreaming of a visit to the Canadian Rockies? Travelers worldwide journey to Canada each year to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site within the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. (Here are the seven parks of the Canadian Rockies that form an impressive mountain landscape - Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho, as well as Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine, and Hamber provincial parks. ) People long to explore the rugged mountain territory, gaze at the turquoise lakes, sightsee the picture-perfect waterfalls and rivers, and tour the quaint mountain towns. One park that is a crowd favorite is Banff National Park.
Within Banff National Park, you will find two amazing destinations: Lake Louise and Banff. Both towns offer visitors fresh mountain air and unforgettable views, but there is so much more beyond the views. Here are 5 "Must-Do" activities when visiting Lake Louise and Banff.
1. Board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. For a jaw-dropping view, head up Sulphur Mountain to gaze over the Bow Valley, six mountain ranges, and the town of Banff itself.
2. Arrange afternoon tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A classic way to spend an afternoon: sip tea (or have some Champagne) and nibble on sandwiches as you take in the spectacular view of the lake.
3. Hike or cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Stretch your legs on the Stewart Canyon Trail or take to the water on a Lake Minnewanka cruise—both great ways to appreciate the area's wild beauty.
4. Take a relaxing swim in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Indigenous people recognized the restorative powers of the thermal pools for over a thousand years. In 1883, three railroad workers found the hot springs. The discovery eventually led to the creation of Canada's first national park. Don't miss an opportunity to rejuvenate in the warm waters.
5. Dive into the local flavors of Banff. Enjoy a real taste of the Canadian Rockies. From Alberta's famous beef at Chuck's Steakhouse, locally sourced ingredients at Eden, and craft spirits at Park Distillery, you will enjoy every bite and sip!
If you seek ways to explore Banff and Lake Louise, you will find several options available. Consider yourself a "do-it-your-selfer?" Then you may want to rent a car, plot out the route, reserve the hotels in every destination, research to find top-rated restaurants and make reservations, book all your tours (and the list goes on) by yourself.
Perhaps you would prefer a small group, guided tour. Working with your RLX Travel Group advisor, choose the escorted tour itinerary that pleases you most. Your travel advisor and the tour company coordinate all the activities and logistics on your behalf, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.
But let me share another option people dream of when thinking of the Canadian Rockies - touring the Canadian Rockies by train. Here is where the Rocky Mountaineer shines. This daylight train provides a unique luxury experience. By moving down the rails at a slower pace, the Rocky Mountaineer train allows you to truly soak in and relish the picturesque landscape and snap plenty of photos. With Rocky Mountaineer's GoldLeaf Service, you will have fantastic meals prepared by world-class chefs and appreciate the jaw-dropping views through the panoramic windows of a bi-level glass dome coach. Late afternoon the train stops for the evening providing passengers the opportunity to spend the night in Banff and Lake Louise. This experience offers you the best of the best!
Let me help you arrange a fantastic vacation of the Canadian Rockies via a luxury train experience with Rocky Mountaineer. Should you have questions about this type of travel, I'm happy to assist. Contact me!