Leave the Driving to a Tour Guide:
Relax and Enjoy Banff National Park and Canada’s Rocky Mountains
There is an easy way to relax and still see the alpine beauty of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies from the road: motorcoach sightseeing tours. This is a great way to explore in and around Lake Louise, Banff and other areas of the Alberta and Western Canada, such as Jasper National Park.
Not only do you get to witness the scenic beauty, but the driver-guides will add to your experience with mountain lore, history and story telling. Furthermore, you can pay attention to the scenery outside the window and leave the driving to them.
There are many tour operators who provide motorcoach tours tailored to specific needs and interests, such as waterfalls, historic sites, wildlife viewing and others. A few of the more popular motorcoach tours include:
- • Banff town: covering the local historic sites and viewpoints.
- • Lake Minnewanka: a 15-minute scenic ride from downtown Banff to nearby Lake Minnewanka, where boat tours are available.
- • Moraine Lake and Lake Louise: a 45-minute drive northwest of Banff along the TransCanada Highway to destinations including Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
- • Columbia Icefield: a stunning drive up the Icefields Parkway north of Banff town and Lake Louise, on the border of Banff and Jasper National Parks. It is about 2 hours from the town of Banff or about an hour from Lake Louise to the Columbia Icefield, the largest body of ice in North America below the arctic circle. Here visitors can also embark on tours of the glacier itself, as well as an interpretive center.