Easily one of the most beautiful winter wonderlands in Canada, Banff National Park overwhelms with views of the Canadian Rockies.
The park's star attractions are all glacial lakes, which look spectacular once these lakes freeze over. Your tour will turn into a winter wonderland transformed into a beautiful drive of solitude and wonder. Perfect time to enjoy views of thrilling peaks and get some fresh air, and cold weather.
Driving through snowy conditions and icy park roads can be hazardous unless you have a vehicle equipped for winter driving. Jeeps are built to withstand and handle extreme weather conditions. With an experienced driver, special winter tires, extra ground clearance, and four-wheel-drives - these can help get safely during your tour.
Road and access to Moraine Lake are closed from October till June
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Stop At: Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K2 Canada
The largest of the Banff National Park lakes sat at the western end of the valley and originally was named Peechee Lake after Alexis Piche who later became head chief of the Western Cree. He was a respected leader, warrior and guide whose family were seasonal residents of the area of Lake Minnewanka.
Regardless of when you visit Lake Minnewanka, you will not be disappointed. It offers great views in all directions. In the winter you can walk on the lake and explore even closer to the base of the mountains. Today the lake is called as “Minn-waki” or “Lake of the Spirits”. Referred to the Stony people who respected and feared the lake for its resident spirits.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka Loop Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Two Jack Lake was named on 3 April 1959, after two Jacks who lived in the region in the early twentieth century, John ‘Captain Jack’ Stanley and John ‘Jack’ Watters. At the time, Stanley operated a boat concession on Lake Minnewanka. Watters worked as a mine manager in Bankhead. This mining town originated in 1904 at the foot of Cascade Mountain. It remains unclear what the exact relationship was between the two.
Two Jack Lake is one of several lovely lakes in Banff National Park. But this lake really shines in the winter in so many ways. A miracle of nature has put this lake in a wind corridor, so that in winter, the snow that falls on the frozen water (and it freezes pretty fast and gets very thick quickly), seems to just blow away, leaving beautiful clear ice for skating.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0 Canada
Born in Ontario in 1859, Tom Wilson made his way west to become one of the most respected guides in the Canadian Rockies and he is credited with discovering Lake Louise
Winter in Lake Louise is vastly different to the famous image we see of its sunlight-reflecting turquoise blue glacial waters, on which people glide through on canoes. In winter, Lake Louise becomes a giant ice-skating rink and hockey pitch when its 90m deep waters freeze over to match the white cloak of the rocky wall formations and the Mount Victoria backdrop.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Herbert Lake, Columbia Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Herbert Lake is a small glacial lake situated on the Icefields Parkway. It’s such a peaceful and calm lake. This is an awesome and far less-traveled trail with great mountain views.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Bow Lake sits at an elevation of 1920 meters and spends most of the year locked away in ice. The lake acts as the source of the Bow River that flows through Banff, Canmore, and Calgary.
Bow Lake and the surrounding Canadian Rockies was home of the legendary mountain guide, Jimmy Simpson and the Num-ti-Jah lodge. In 1920 Jimmy made application to the Parks Branch to lease five acres of land which included the spot. A small log building was completed on the site in 1922, and the plan was to use it in conjunction with his outfitting business.
Jimmy continued actively guiding parties until the end of the Second World War. He remained quite active at his lodge until his death in 1972 at the age of 95. Two years later the mountain to the northwest of the lodge was named Mount Jimmy Simpson in his honour.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Peyto Lake, Icefield Parkway, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
The lake was known as Doghead Lake—exactly what it resembles from any high point near its south end looking north. Wilcox renamed it for guide/outfitter, Bill Peyto, who would later become one of Canada’s first national park wardens
Anyone who’s ever been to Banff National Park has encountered Bill Peyto, even if they weren’t aware of it. His likeness adorns the “Welcome to Banff” signs that greet visitors as they enter town. Peyto, often camped near Bow Summit because Banff was getting “too crowded” for him. This lake freezes in winter and snow blankets the area.
Duration: 2 hours
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- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Near public transportation
- Not wheelchair accessible
- This private tour will have a maximum of 3 travelers
- Most travelers can participate
- Free pick up/drop off from Hotel and Airbnb
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
- COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
- All Fees and Taxes
- Bottled water
- Private transportation
- Private Guide
- Small group maximum 3 travelers
- Entry/Admission - Lake Minnewanka
- Entry/Admission - Two Jack Lake
- Entry/Admission - Lake Louise
- Entry/Admission - Herbert Lake
- Entry/Admission - Bow Lake
- Entry/Admission - Peyto Lake
Traveler pickup is offered
- Calgary Intl Airport, 2000 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 6Z8 Canada
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Lakes, Glaciers & Thrilling Peaks of Banff National Park | Off the Beaten Path
11/3/2021 - 12/8/2023
|Monday - Sunday :||07:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
8 to 10 hours
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