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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.
Give yourself lots of time at Lake Louise Gondola. Here are the best activities:
How about making your visit a little more unique? A Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience and a Lake Louise Gondola & Wildlife Interpretive Centre Visit are both worth looking into.
For even more things to do, peruse our Lake Louise things to do page.
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.
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.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Lake Louise Gondola is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Lake Louise Station is 12 minutes by foot.
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 Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
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 on a river, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Paint Pots Trailhead, Upper Hot Springs, and Banff Gondola. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Sunshine Village are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Located near the slopes, this Field lodge is in the mountains, within 9 mi (15 km) of Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint and Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Takakkaw Falls is 13.4 mi (21.5 km) away.