Banff National Park | Off the Beaten Path | Day Tour

Once called “50 Switzerlands in One”, Banff National Park is an unquestionable 4 season destination. Overcrowded in summer but quite in winter. In winter, the temperatures are cold but with the proper clothing, it is so enjoyable and beautiful.

The Lake Minnewanka Loop is perfect for capturing the immenseness of the lake and the snowcapped mountains all around.

Explore the frozen Lower Falls at Johnston Canyon. This is a great relatively flat easy hike for all skill levels. If you’ve never seen a frozen waterfall up close, it’s absolutely mind-bogglingly (ice crampons will be provided).

You’ve probably seen photos of Lake Louise in summer. In winter, the lake freezes completely and snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime are stunning they make a picture that’s breathtaking.

During your visit to Banff, you will learn the fascinating story about Stoney First Nation and you can take Banff Gondola if the weather is good.

* Duration: 10 to 11 hours
* Starts: Calgary, Canada
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Once called “50 Switzerlands in One”, Banff National Park is an unquestionable 4 season destination. Overcrowded in summer but quite in winter. In winter, the temperatures are cold but with the proper clothing, it is so enjoyable and beautiful.

The Lake Minnewanka Loop is perfect for capturing the immenseness of the lake and the snowcapped mountains all around.

Explore the frozen Lower Falls at Johnston Canyon. This is a great relatively flat easy hike for all skill levels. If you’ve never seen a frozen waterfall up close, it’s absolutely mind-bogglingly (ice crampons will be provided).

You’ve probably seen photos of Lake Louise in summer. In winter, the lake freezes completely and snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime are stunning they make a picture that’s breathtaking.

During your visit to Banff, you will learn the fascinating story about Stoney First Nation and you can take Banff Gondola if the weather is good.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Morley, Morley, Alberta

Morley is a First Nations settlement within the Stoney 142/143/144 Indian reserve in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located along the Canadian Pacific Railway between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Bow River, upstream from Ghost Lake. The settlement and the Indian reserve are part of the Nakoda Stoney Nation.

Founded by the Methodist missionary George McDougall and his sons as a missionary outpost, Morleyville existed until 1921 when a new church was built in the present settlement of Morley, which had developed around the Morley Indian Agency. Other milestones in the settlement’s history include the construction at Morley in 1920 of the first airport established by the Canada Air Board and the 1969 establishment of Canada’s first magistrate’s court to be held in a First Nations owned building on First Nations land.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Canmore, Canmore, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

In the late 1990s, Roger Mah Poy became the voice of a movement in Canmore and nearby Calgary to rename the peak. For him, the shame of the name of one of the valley’s most iconic landmarks loomed over the town as large as the peak itself…listen to the whole story during the stop.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bankhead Ghost Town, Lake Minnewanka Road 7.4 km from Banff townsite, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

The Lake Minnewanka Loop is perfect for capturing the immenseness of the lake and the snowcapped mountains all around. Along the way, admire frozen-over Two Jacks Lake or turn off to see Johnson Lake. Be sure to look for the bighorn sheep that hang out in the area.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta

Afternoon visit to Banff. Learn the fascinating story about Stoney First Nation and their friend Tim Wilson, the first guide in Banff National Park. Listen to the story of son of John Brewster, first “Mayor of Banff”. Undoubtedly the most colorful Brewster to date in Banff National Park.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

Explore the frozen Lower Falls at Johnston Canyon. This is a great relatively flat easy hike for all skill levels. If you’ve never seen a frozen waterfall up close, it’s absolutely mind-bogglingly (ice crampons will be provided).

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Castle Junction, Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta

Most people admire the towering fortress along the eastern edge of the Trans-Canada Highway as they drive north towards Lake Louise. Named by Sir James Hector in 1858, Castle Mountain is a place with a tumultuous past.

Before the railway was built through the Rocky Mountains the access to the region was either by foot or horse. In 1881, John Healy was shown a sample of copper ore collected from the base of Castle Mountain by a local Stoney Nakoda member. After having the ore tested, it was determined to contain high levels of copper and lead. In the same year, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) surveyors were determining a route through the mountains.

With the coming of the railway, the race was on to stake a prospect claim in the area. Healy returned to the area in 1882 to stake his claim and originally named it Copper Mine. It is uncertain how the name changed to Silver City, since no silver was ever mined there.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

You’ve probably seen photos of overcrowded Lake Louise in summer. In winter, the lake freezes completely and snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime are stunning and they make a picture that’s breathtaking…not too many people around.

Duration: 2 hours