Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over 1 million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation

Lake Louise Gondola

Ride high above the rugged landscapes of Banff National Park, look for grizzly bears and go hiking amid pristine mountain countryside.

Admire the spectacular panoramas of Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains from the Lake Louise Gondola. Sit in an open chair or enclosed pod and be transported high over an area of breathtaking natural beauty. See grizzly bears in their natural habitat, hike along marked trails and join guided walks. Learn about the region’s plants, animals and history at an educational center.

A ride on Lake Louise Gondola lasts for 14 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Watch as glacier-fed Lake Louise disappears into the distance. Gaze across wildflower meadows and look down on simmering hot springs.

The ride ends at a viewpoint at an elevation of 6,850 feet (2,088 meters), which offers additional magnificent panoramas of green mountain slopes, glacial valleys and towering peaks. Visit the Wildlife Interpretation Centre and discover the factors that make Banff National Park so special. Interactive exhibits provide education about explorers and wildlife such as bears, deer and wolves. Learn how to react if you meet a grizzly face-to-face.

Join guided walks, including the Trail of 7 Wonders, which highlights seven of the park’s threatened and valuable species. Follow scenic routes to mountaintop lookouts and have your camera ready to snap postcard-worthy shots. Hike the strenuous route to the top of Mt. Whitehorn. Watch for black, brown and grizzly bears in addition to cougars, elk, moose and wolverines.

The gondola starts from the base station of Lake Louise Ski Resort, about a 10-minute drive from the hamlet of Lake Louise. Pay to ride the year-round shuttle service operating from Banff, Calgary Airport, Calgary Downtown, Canmore or Jasper to Lake Louise. A free bus runs between the ski resort and Lake Louise hotels. If you drive, purchase a Parks Canada pass as you enter Banff National Park.

Lake Louise Gondola is open from May to October and again from mid-November through the ski season. Fees apply for the gondola and guided walks. Grizzly bears are frequently sighted from May through September. Bring warm clothing, even in summer, as weather conditions can change dramatically.

Like to make your stop at Lake Louise Gondola even more memorable? Remember to try out one or two of these activities:

Your next thrilling adventure has been waiting for you! You might like to try out a Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience or a Lake Louise Gondola & Wildlife Interpretive Centre Visit.

If you're after more activities, peruse our Lake Louise things to do page.


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Lake Louise Gondola

See all 27 properties near Lake Louise Gondola
Lake Louise Inn CA $113
Lake Louise Inn

Lake Louise Inn

210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint are also within 12 miles (20 km). Lake Louise Station is 14 minutes by foot.

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise CA $332
    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a lake, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Mountaineer Lodge CA $146
      Mountaineer Lodge

      Mountaineer Lodge

      101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse are also within 9 miles (15 km). Lake Louise Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        Deer Lodge CA $119
        Deer Lodge

        Deer Lodge

        109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in a national park, this family-friendly hotel is 4.2 mi (6.7 km) from Lake Louise Mountain Resort and 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Lake Louise Gondola.

          Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
          Paradise Lodge & Bungalows

          Paradise Lodge & Bungalows

          105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this lodge is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lake Louise Gondola and 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from Moraine Lake.

            Baker Creek Mountain Resort CA $129
            Baker Creek Mountain Resort

            Baker Creek Mountain Resort

            Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon are also within 20 miles (32 km).

              Moraine Lake Lodge
              Moraine Lake Lodge

              Moraine Lake Lodge

              Moraine Lake Rd, Improvement District No. 9, Lake Louise, AB
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a lake, this romantic lodge is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Moraine Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Lake Louise Gondola is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

                Great Divide Lodge
                Great Divide Lodge

                Great Divide Lodge

                1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this lodge is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint and Takakkaw Falls.