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Lakes, Glaciers & Thrilling Peaks of Banff National Park | Off the Beaten Path

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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.

* Note
Road and access to Moraine Lake are closed from October till June

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
5 days ago
This tour was absolutely amazing! From the beginning to the end Jerzy was so kind and lovely! He picked us up and drove us all around to see so many lakes and sights! It's so hard to describe because of how beautiful everything was. He was literally the best tour guide and I can not recommend enough. He is so knowledgeable about the area and weather conditions and will go above and beyond to make sure you have the best time! If you want to see everything in one day I highly recommend this tour. I not only had an amazing time but I feel like I gained a friend! Jerzy is the best and I will definitely be visiting him again (after today I am already planning my next trip in the summertime)!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 10, 2022
We book tours everywhere we travel and this has been the BEST one yet. It truly made our trip to Banff! We saw so many beautiful lakes, learned so much history and about the land, and really connected with nature. We also saw some wildlife. He knew the best spots to take photos and most of the time, we had the place to ourselves. (November happens to a quieter time and best to avoid large crowds.) Jerzy is an amazing person and we feel so lucky to have crossed paths with him. The best part of this tour is that it’s private - maximum 3 people. You get to see way more than if you went on a bus tour with 20-50 people. He also will ask what you have already seen and so he can plan the trip better for you. He loves photography and took amazing photos for us. Also, it’s incredibly important to dress properly in the right cold weather gear to best enjoy the scenery. We don’t get such weather in Houston but a simple Google search and trip to REI or Columbia outlet will set you up well from base layer on out. It dropped to -16F when we went because of a snow storm the weekend we flew in. We definitely never drive in ice/ snow but Jerzy took care of us in his awesome jeep! We felt comfortable and safe. Thank you so much for incredible memories!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 29, 2022
This review is a week lake, but finally I could find some time to share my amazing experience with Jerzy. I am a seasoned traveler and have been all over the planet. But even then, this was quite an experience. Right from my first interaction with Jerzy I could sense his tremendous passion and love for Alberta. He cares about travelers and not tourists. And that is evident in how much he would do to ensure that you have an experience of a lifetime. He is also extremely flexible and will customize your daytrip as per your want and requirements. I had covered Lake Louise in another group trip and Jerzy helped me to customize the itinerary, adding some amazing replacements (that includes some hidden gems). This is a private trip for 2 or 3 but he still allowed me to book it as a single traveler. He helped me visit and experience all the main attractions of Banff and we also went as far as Athabasca glacier in Jasper. I will highly recommend Jerzy and his trips for anyone who wants to experience Banff truly, trust me you will not regret a second of this.
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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

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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

Departure Point
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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