May-Oct
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
9.5 Hours
Duration
All Ages
Age
Leisurely
Activity

This amazing full-day tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho National Parks to explore the land and the stories it holds.

Moraine Lake Rockpile Hike in Summer

Soaring mountains, stunning lakes and breathtaking waterfalls await you on a tour that explores the stunning lakes and streams of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

From the history of the Canadian railroad to Takakkaw Falls (the second-highest waterfall in Canada!), follow the trails through a park whose name means “awe” in the Cree language. Explore the evolution of the land and discover how it has shaped the appearance of the natural wonders found in these spectacular mountain settings as you visit highlights such as Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
Meal
  • BBQ - Lunch
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Calgary)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Lake Louise)
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  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

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

1

Lake Louise

One of the day’s many up close glacier views.
2

Moraine Lake

The classic emerald green jewel of the Canadian Rockies (when road permits).
3

Spiral Tunnels

The ‘Big Hill’ was the Canadian Pacific Railway’s biggest challenge in the Rockies. See how they conquered this challenge.
4

Lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge

A delicious barbecue lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge is included.
5

Takakkaw Falls

Canada’s second highest waterfall at 254 metres (when road permits).
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
Meal
  • BBQ - Lunch
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Calgary)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Lake Louise)
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

A private group BBQ lunch is provided at Emerald Lake Lodge.

You will have the option of a BBQ chicken, beef, or vegetarian burger served with potato salad and a green salad (includes one non-alcoholic drink)*.

* Menu is subject to change.

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
Meal
  • BBQ - Lunch
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Calgary)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Lake Louise)
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

The tour begins at 8:30am in Banff and brings you back to Banff around 6pm, approximately 9.5 hours.

If you’re departing or returning to other locations the times are as follows:

DepartingDeparture TimeEndingDuration*
Banff8:05 AM – 8:30 AMBanff9.5 hrs
Calgary6:05 AM – 6:15 AMCalgary14.75 hrs**
Canmore7:30 AMCanmore12.5 hrs
Lake Louise9:25 AM – 10:00 AMLake Louise6.75 hrs

* Duration times are approximate, and are based on the latest pick-up times at each location.

** Tours ending in Calgary: following the tour, expect 2-3 hours free time in Banff prior to the 19:30 transfer to Calgary.

Tours ending in a different location to where they started are available offline, please contact us to book these options.

The full day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff, Canmore, Calgary and Lake Louise on a guided bus tour with several stops in Banff and Yoho National Parks. Highlights include the Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake*, Valley of the Ten Peaks* (at Moraine Lake), Spiral Tunnels and Takakkaw Falls*. A private BBQ lunch is provided at Emerald Lake Lodge.

* When Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake access is unavailable due to early and late season road closures, alternative sightseeing stops will be substituted.

You will be picked up and dropped back to your hotel in Banff, Calgary, Canmore or Lake Louise. For tours that finish in a different location than they start from, please enquire directly.
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake usually thaw in June. The lakes are beautiful at anytime of year, but if you are set on seeing the famous blue-green water then the best time to visit is from late June to early September.
The access road to Moraine Lake is closed each year from early October to late May due to avalanche risk. As a result, this tour does not include Moraine Lake for early season dates (until late May) and late season dates (from early October). Please enquire at the time of booking to confirm the current season dates that this tour will visit Moraine Lake, and to learn of alternate stops and locations.
It’s recommended that you bring layers with you, even on those warm summer days since some sightseeing stops will be a little cooler than others. Wear some good walking shoes with grip and bring sunscreen, snacks and your camera.
Stop times vary depending on the area. Approximately 30 minutes at Lake Louise, one hour at Emerald Lake Lodge where you can enjoy lunch. When Moraine Lake and Takkawaw Falls are not effected by seasonal road closures, the stops are 50 minutes at Moraine Lake, and one hour the Takkawaw Falls.
Wildlife sightings are very common in the National Park, but animal sightings cannot be guaranteed. There are a lot of bears, elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, deer and more that share the parks with us and because they are in their natural habitat, their sightings are unpredictable.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 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
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
Meal
  • BBQ - Lunch
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Calgary)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Lake Louise)
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

  • Early and late season road closures affect access to Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake. When access is unavailable, alternative sightseeing stops will be substituted.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by someone 15 years of age or older.
  • Children aged 8 and older may travel unaccompanied, provided that an “Unaccompanied Minor Agreement” has been completed and submitted prior to travel.
Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
Meal
  • BBQ - Lunch
Transport Options
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Banff)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Calgary)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Canmore)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Lake Louise)
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Emerald Lake Lodge on the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour with Discover Banff Tours
See Moraine Lake on the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour in the Canadian Rockies
See Lake Louise on the Mountain lakes and Waterfalls Tour in the Canadian Rockies
Get up close to Takakkaw Falls on the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour in the Canadian Rockies
See Takakkaw Falls on the Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour in the Canadian Rockies