There is a lifetime of adventures and experiences to be had during summer in Banff and Lake Louise. You can jam pack your day with action and adrenaline or choose to embrace the tranquility of Banff National Park’s quieter spots. Lake Louise is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Bijou Banff seems even more pocket-sized thanks to the cosmic scale of the national park cocooning it. But don’t let its size deceive you; Banff delivers big on attractions. It was the discovery of the natives’ ‘healing’ hot springs by railway workers in 1883, which turned this off-map basin into a crowd-puller – and a national park. The lively streets of downtown Banff are lined with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums.
Fly daily from London Heathrow with Air Canada. On arrival, collect your hire car and drive the 2-hour journey to Banff.
Most come for the mountains, which lure hikers and bikers in summer. But its’ more demure delights include simply soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, riding the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, to amble along its peak-hugging boardwalk, or taking scenic trips to beauty spots like Moraine Lake and the Columbia Icefield. Stroll along the Bow River and visit the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, known as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’.
Drive 40-minutes from Banff to Lake Louise.
This opaque turquoise lake in an amphitheatre of peaks inspires spontaneous ‘OMGs’ from every visitor. In winter, it freezes to become a skating rink, and in summer you can rent a canoe to take to the magical waters, coloured creamy blue by silty glacial melt waters. Stay at the grand lakeside Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which has the most spectacular setting ever, and also allows you to start hikes nice and early to avoid the crowds. Lake Louise hamlet is three miles away with shops and restaurants and summer horse-riding and hiking.
The hiking in Lake Louise is among the most scenic and inspiring in the world and ranges from walks and easy hikes to multi-day backcountry epics. Hiking is an accessible way to immerse yourself in the spectacular landscape and don’t miss the 2.2-mile hike up to Lake Agnes Tea House for a refreshing cuppa with astonishing views. Why not treat yourself to afternoon tea while overlooking the beautiful lake at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Take a trip to Moraine Lake where the scenery will dazzle you long before you reach the spectacular, deep teal waters. The lake is set in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and the narrow winding road leading to it offers views of these distant imposing summits.
Drive back to Calgary Airport for your flight home with Air Canada.