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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.
Make the most of your time at Lake Louise Gondola. Here's a list of some of the best things to do:
When preparing for your excursion, you may want to consider purchasing a Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience or a Lake Louise Gondola & Wildlife Interpretive Centre Visit.
Check out our Lake Louise things to do page to find more activities in the area.
Situated in the Village of Lake Louise, this inn is within 4 km (less than 3 mi) from Lake Louise, skiing, hiking, and Samson Mall.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint are also within 12 mi (20 km). Lake Louise Station is 12 minutes by foot.
Surrounded by the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, this mountain resort in Banff National Park on the shores of Lake Louise is a popular destination for hiking, canoeing, and skiing.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this scenic Alberta lodge is a 7-minute walk from Lake Louise, 12 miles from Yoho National Park, and 65 km (40 mi.) from Mount Norquay Ski Resort.
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Icefields Parkway, and Lake Louise Gondola. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse is 28.7 mi (46.2 km) away.
Situated on a lake, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Moraine Lake.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Field lodge is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint and Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons.