48 hours in Banff & Lake Louise
By Laura Gelder | October 2019 | 3 minute read
Winter in Banff National Park is magical, from the Johnston Canyon Ice Walk to snowshoeing in Lake Louise. Make a mountain lodge, chalet or hotel your home base when following this action-packed itinerary.
DAY 1 - Hot and Cold in Banff
Morning: Surrounded by rugged peaks, the town of Banff has all the amenities your clients need. Banff Avenue offers superb shopping and nightlife, with restaurants featuring some of the top chefs in the country.
Start your day with one of Banff National Park's most famous and beautiful hikes. Johnson Canyon Icewalk delivers stunning views of a canyon carved through the eons, and a series of frozen waterfalls that tumble through it. Luminous ice sheets cling to the walls and spill out over the canyon’s edges.
Then journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Rockies. The all-new Banff Gondola experience includes new restaurants and interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck 2900 ft. above Banff. Take a stroll along the ridge-top boardwalk and then enjoy lunch at Sky Bistro with incredible views.
Afternoon: Capture the magic of winter in the Canadian Rockies on a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Banff Trail Riders. Snuggle under a cozy blanket and take in the Bow River Valley’s epic mountain scenery while gliding through a snow draped wonderland on a private or group adventure.
Next visit Banff Upper Hot Springs, discovered in 1883, which are among the top attractions in the Canadian Rockies. This splendid historic bathhouse overlooks the Banff National Park and offers the chance to relax in naturally steamy hot mineral water.
Evening: For dinner tonight, stroll Banff Avenue and discover amazing restaurants. Top chefs create menus that focus on bringing local produce from farm to fork. Dine on wild game, Alberta beef or delectable vegetarian fusion options in a chic contemporary bistro or mountain lodge.
DAY 2 - Winter wonders at Lake Louise
Morning: This iconic scenic wonderland is a protected mountain destination offering the purest of alpine experiences. With world-class hotels, postcard perfect lodges, find and casual dining options and summer and winter recreational activities, Lake Louise is symbolic of the quintessential Canadian mountain town.
This morning why not experience the exhilaration of dogsledding in beautiful Lake Louise with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours. This boutique outfitter is privileged to be the only company offering dogsledding excursions inside of Banff National Park. Tours in this UNESCO World Heritage Site range from half-hour introductory mushing lessons, to full-day dogsledding and snowshoe packages.
Lunch: Dine at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overlooking one of Banff National Park’s most iconic lakes, the resort is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and the majestic Victoria Glacier. As well as world-class dining there is an award-winning spa and outdoor recreational activities – including skating and horse drawn sleigh rides on the lake.
Afternoon: Snow tubing at Lake Louise in Banff National Park promises thrilling, smile inducing fun for the whole family. The resort’s Sunny Tube Park runs are groomed daily for maximum speed and safety. Start on the beginner slope, then fly down the tube run.
Alternatively, explore Banff National Park’s most breathtaking winter landscapes on a guided snowshoeing tour at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Choose from easy two-hour introductory trips, suitable for all abilities, to full and multi-day adventures. Tours include your roundtrip gondola ride, snowshoe rental and a professional certified guide.