1:30pm
Departure Time
3.5 Hours
Duration
8+
Age
Leisurely
Activity
Dec-Apr
Season

A vast frozen lake surrounded by sparkling snow and an amphitheatre of snow-dusted mountain peaks – Lake Louise is postcard-perfect in winter. 

This tour is operating as a small group public tour, and masks are mandatory for all guests and guides. Learn more about our health and safety measures.

Lake Louise transforms into a real life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. Join us on a tour to this world renowned lake and take a quaint snowshoe through the woods for some forest serenity. We’ll finish on the famous lake itself with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the Chateau Lake Louise complete with a maple taffy treat made in the snow.

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Snowshoe sampler
  • Hands on interpretive tools
Guide Quote

Graham's Pick

"I always enjoy watching the guests and seeing them realize that there still is beauty like this left on the planet." - Graham , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours


The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow Valley Parkway

The scenic highway to Lake Louise, great for wildlife viewing.
2

Lake Louise

Soak in the views of this world-famous lake, surrounded by snow capped mountains.
3

Snowshoeing Experience

Take quaint snowshoe through the woods for some forest serenity – we’ll finish on the famous lake itself with stunning views of the mountains surrounding the Chateau Lake Louise.
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Snowshoe sampler
  • Hands on interpretive tools
Guide Quote

Graham's Pick

"I always enjoy watching the guests and seeing them realize that there still is beauty like this left on the planet." - Graham , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours


Pick up is between 1:15pm and 1:30pm in Banff and and you will returning to Banff at around 5pm. Please allow 3.5 hours in total for this tour.
This afternoon tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to Lake Louise along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. The tour includes hot chocolate, a maple taffy treat made in the snow, maple cookie snack, and use of our snowshoes for an easy snowshoe sampler at Lake Louise. Please note that water is not provided and you may wish to bring your own.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
You are welcome to meet us at any of our pick up locations in Banff to join the tour, and a popular central downtown meeting point is the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel (the hotel address is 138 Banff Avenue).

Most guests choose to self-drive into Banff, although please note that you will need to find parking in Banff that exceeds the duration of the tour. Please refer to the Town of Banff website for general parking information, or the banffparking.ca website for live parking availability. For guests staying in Canmore, you can also use the Roam bus service and disembark at the Banff High School. The closest pick up point to the Banff High School is across the road at the Elk and Avenue Hotel.

Snowshoeing is a form of hiking where snowshoes are worn over your boots to distribute your weight over the snow. It’s way more fun and less tiring than walking in regular shoes through deep snow! Our guide will bring snowshoes for you to use and instruct you on how to put them on and use them correctly, before enjoying an easy snowshoe sampler through the woods and ending up on Lake Louise.
This tour is suitable for beginners, no snowshoeing experience is required.
Please be prepared for the mountain weather, it changes quickly and our winter tours run in anything from -27C (-17F) to +10C (+50F). Wind chill can change the temperature dramatically and you will be outside for the majority of your tour.

To ensure that you enjoy the tour, please wear/bring:

  • Thermals/base layers/long johns.
  • Snow pants are essential as we will be walking in deep snow. Snow pants can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A warm shirt or sweater.
  • A winter jacket, ideally waterproof. Ski jackets can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A hat and mitts.
  • A neck warmer or scarf.
  • Sturdy waterproof boots, ideally ones that go over the ankle as we will be walking in deep snow. Winter boots like Sorel, Baffin etc are great. No trainers, sneakers, vans, ugg boots, or “dressy” boots. If you do not have waterproof boots, please contact our Reservations Team and we will check our stock levels or recommend a rental store such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A water bottle.

Please note that safety is our first priority. If the guide thinks your attire or footwear isn’t appropriate and compromises your safety on the tour, you may not be able to participate.

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Snowshoe sampler
  • Hands on interpretive tools
Guide Quote

Graham's Pick

"I always enjoy watching the guests and seeing them realize that there still is beauty like this left on the planet." - Graham , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours


  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years.
  • All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any child under the age of 18 years.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Snowshoe sampler
  • Hands on interpretive tools
Guide Quote

Graham's Pick

"I always enjoy watching the guests and seeing them realize that there still is beauty like this left on the planet." - Graham , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours


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