The 10 Best Day Trips from in Canadian Rockies, Canadian Rockies

September 2, 2021 Leonardo Torrence

From Alberta’s southwestern border north into British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies are a network of provincial and national parks that collectively make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff and Jasper national parks are connected by the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world. The towns of Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are hubs for adventures including hiking, horseback riding, rafting and wildlife viewing. Accommodation ranges from hotels to mountain lodges.
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1. Private Tour for 1 to 10 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

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                                                                      Private Banff and Lake Louise Tour Private Tour of the Banff area, Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 10 guests. Free pickup at your accommodation in Canmore or Banff. Stops include; Lake Minnewanka,Two Jack Lake, Norquay Lookout, Bow Falls, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. Customizable itinerary and start times.

Inclusions: Private Tour for up to 10 guests, Private Driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned SUV or 15 passenger mini bus., Direct pickup and drop off at Canmore / Banff accommodations., Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By GQ0091

Robbie was incredible tour guide. From his knowledge about wildlife, to scenic views, this is one of the best private tours I have ever experienced. I even booked the trip to get engaged and Robbie provided pictures and updates about potential spots. Could not imagine a better day/tour. Highly recommend.

2. Private Tour of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 13 guests

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                                                                      Private Banff and Lake Louise Tour 4 - 11 Guests Private small group mini bus Tour of the Banff area, Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway for up to 11 guests.  Morning stops include; Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Norquay Lookout, Bow Falls, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake Afternoon stops include Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake Lake. Ask about adding stops in Yoho National Park to the itinerary! Takakkaw Falls, Natural bridge and Emerald Lake. Customizable itinerary and start times, free pickup in Canmore, Banff. Moraine Lake is open Late May to October, weather permitting.

Inclusions: up to 11 guests, Private Driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned Mini Bus, water and snacks, Direct pickup and drop off at accommodations., Snacks, Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By GQ0091

Robbie was incredible tour guide. From his knowledge about wildlife, to scenic views, this is one of the best private tours I have ever experienced. I even booked the trip to get engaged and Robbie provided pictures and updates about potential spots. Could not imagine a better day/tour. Highly recommend.

3. Deluxe Evening Tour to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with Dinner

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This evening tour gives you more time to wander and soak up the beauty of world-famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake at one of the quietest times of day. Travel the scenic Bow Valley Parkway with our eyes peeled for wildlife, savour an early dinner in the warm log cabin ambiance of the Baker Creek Bistro at Baker Creek Mountain Resort, and visit both famous lakes after the crowds have left for the day.

Inclusions: 1 hour stop at Lake Louise, 30 minute stop at Moraine Lake, Dinner at Baker Creek Bistro, Professional guide, Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide), Return transport from Banff, Dinner

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Reviewed By joyce8958

I did this hike on the first week of April, with Jeff. What made the ice walk amazing was that Jeff kept it lively in addition to the beautiful scenery! I loved that it wasn’t crowded. For this reason alone, this tour is so worth it!

4. Discover Lake Louise

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A vast frozen lake surrounded by sparkling snow and an amphitheatre of snow-dusted mountain peaks – Lake Louise is postcard-perfect in winter. Lake Louise transforms into a real life snow globe in the winter that has to be seen to be believed. On this half day tour you’ll have plenty of time to explore.  We can provide snowshoes and you are able to test them out along the shoreline and take in the iconic views. This tour allows you to get a introduction snowshoeing at Lake Louise, and enjoy some hot chocolate and Maple Taffy.  Come and discover this winter wonderland for yourself.

Inclusions: Guided tour to Lake Louise, Hot chocolate and a maple taffy snack, Optional complimentary snowshoes for an introduction to snowshoe, Roundtrip transportation, including pick-up/drop-off service at Banff hotels (if prebooked)

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Reviewed By joyce8958

I did this hike on the first week of April, with Jeff. What made the ice walk amazing was that Jeff kept it lively in addition to the beautiful scenery! I loved that it wasn’t crowded. For this reason alone, this tour is so worth it!

5. Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff

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Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, with its backdrop of the glistening Victoria Glacier, on a full-day guided coach tour from Banff. Marvel at Emerald Lake, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, and see the reflecting Ten Peaks. You'll also visit scenic Yoho Valley and see Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass and Spiral Tunnels.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Pickup and/or drop-off at multiple locations, Lunch, Local taxes, Dedicated on-board Host, Snacks and refreshments

Exclusions: Gratuities, Beverages

Reviewed By sohilab2021

My family and I had a great time... we enjoyed a relaxing drive, great scenery and a wonderful guide to who gave us a lot of history and information about Banff.. and who was also quite funny... My teenage children enjoyed the trivia questions !!

6. Abraham Lake and Banff Winter Photography Tour

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Strengthen your photography skills while experiencing the world renowned beauty of Banff National Park and Abraham Lake's infamous ice bubbles with local professional photographers. With a small group limited to ten people, this full day photography tour will provide you with ample personalized photography guidance for making memorable and professional quality landscape images of Banff and Abraham Lake in a pristine winter wonderland. Starting off before sunrise you will be picked up from your hotel in Banff and brought to Vermilion Lakes to capture the iconic scenery of Mount Rundle. Afterward, we will head towards Abraham Lake stopping off at several locations along the way to photograph epic scenery. During the day we will have opportunities to warm up with hot coffee/tea or coco and enjoy hot soup and a muffin that is included in the tour. A hot soup lunch will also be provided.

Inclusions: All activities, Driver/guide, Professional photographer guide, Transportation, Hot lunch

Exclusions: Banff National Park entrance fees, Gratuities

Reviewed By DDelano

I was fortunate enough to have two private tours with Mark recently in the Banff area and can't say enough about the experience. Mark is knowledgeable about the art and craft of photography, His understanding of the techniques and technology of photography was outstanding and he knew the best locations to provide an opportunity to capture some outstanding landscape photos. I gained a lot of knowledge from Mark and he was immensely helpful and very personable and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I will definitely book more tours through RMPA when I'm back in the area next.

7. Athabasca Glacier Snow Trip from Banff

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Visit Canada's famous glaciers on a full-day seasonal excursion from Banff. Your personalized small group tour takes you through an awe-inspiring landscape carved by glaciers and remnants from the last ice age, as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic highways.

Inclusions: Professional guide, Picnic lunch, Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: Ice Explorer! Tour and Glacier Skywalk, Small group tour (maximum of 24 guests), Hotel pick up and drop off

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Reviewed By joyce8958

I did this hike on the first week of April, with Jeff. What made the ice walk amazing was that Jeff kept it lively in addition to the beautiful scenery! I loved that it wasn’t crowded. For this reason alone, this tour is so worth it!

8. Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island

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Discover Jasper National Park’s spectacular Maligne Valley on a 6-hour adventure with an expert guide. During stops at Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake, you’ll look for wildlife and learn about the human and natural history in this part of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll see stunning scenery throughout the day and have plenty of opportunities to take photos and short walks. At Maligne Lake, choose to take a boat cruise to Spirit Island or a guided hike along the lakeshore.

Inclusions: Professional guide, Hotel pickup and drop off, Air-conditioned vehicle

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9. Discover Grizzly Bears from Banff

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Animal lovers, don't miss your chance to discover the grizzly bear! Leaving Banff behind, you'll take a ride in a gondola for a great view of grizzly country, then take a chairlift to visit the grizzly refuge where you can observe an orphaned grizzly bear as it romps and plays in a natural bear habitat.

Inclusions: Professional guide, Lunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant, Canada's highest restaurant, Gondola ride at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Chairlift ride, Visit to a grizzly bear refuge, Return transport from Banff, Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)

Exclusions: Optional gratuities

Reviewed By joyce8958

I did this hike on the first week of April, with Jeff. What made the ice walk amazing was that Jeff kept it lively in addition to the beautiful scenery! I loved that it wasn’t crowded. For this reason alone, this tour is so worth it!

10. Jasper Full-Day Private Tour SUV

Explore Jasper and beyond, where mountains, lakes and waterfalls abound during this full-day, guided private tour. Visit the ever impressive Pyramid and Patricia lakes. Get familiar with the Jaspers' layout and learn about the iinteresting characters, past and present that call Jasper home. Travel along one of the worlds most scenic highways, the Columbia Icefields Parkway and visit the thundering Athatbasca Falls. Your half-way point is the Columbia Icefields where adventure awaits should you choose to participate on the Glacier Adventure or Glacier SkyWalk. Stay alert as there is always the possibility of discovering Jasper's Wild inhabitiants, Elk, Mountain Sheep, Wolves, Moose and Bears call Jasper home also! Want to add a stop or destination on this full-day tour? Just let your guide know and they will assist in any way they can in making this a memorable day in Jasper National Park.

Inclusions: 10 hour private tour, Door to door service in luxury vehicle, Professional, friendly driver/guide

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