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A Summer Drive to Lake Louise

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Enjoy a beautiful road trip via the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. This scenic drive is home dramatic peaks and wildlife throughout, please remember to cautious when encountering wild animals. For any questions or help planning your trip please visit our Concierge Desk.

See the full drive on Google Maps.

 This scenic, leisurely road is our recommended road to travel to Lake Louise and beyond. The Bow Valley Parkway follows the basic route of the first road completed between Banff and Lake Louise in 1920. Enjoy a slower speed limit than the main highway; providing better opportunities to view wildlife and some interesting interpretive stops along the way.

To commence your drive, follow Spray Avenue from Fairmont Banff Springs to cross the bridge on to Banff Avenue. Once across the Bow River Bridge, take your first left turn on to Buffalo Street. Once on Buffalo Street, take your immediate right on Bear Street continuing straight on to Lynx Street. Lynx Street leads to the Trans Canada Highway 1 entrance. Drive this highway west towards Lake Louise. Distances are noted in kilometres, commencing from the East.

0.5: FIRESIDE PICNIC AREA

 0.9: BOW VALLEY PARKWAY EXHIBIT

3.1:BACKSWAMP VIEWPOINT
This wetland is where the Bow River once flowed is now known as Backswamp. Stop here for a view of the Rocky Mountain trails crossing along the roads and mountain ranges. On clear days look out for Ospreys and Great Blue Herons, the wildlife is abundant here.

5.5: MULESHOE PICINIC AREA

8.0: PRESCRIBED BURN

11.0: SAWBACK PICNIC AREA

12.3: HILLSDALE MEADOWS
One of the best places to see wildlife! Animals must use this route to travel to find food, mates and secure places to raise their young. If you're an animal lover this stop is for you!

17.7: JOHNSTONE CANYON TRAIL
Highly recommended as a point to stretch your legs, enjoy a walk through this incredibly scenic Canyon. You will learn some interesting geological facts while following a catwalk trail, allowing you to view the depths of the Canyon, Johnston's Creek and spectacular waterfalls. You will reach the first set of roaring falls after a distance of 1 km. A mild climb past the Lower Falls, will lead you to the Upper Falls at a distance of 2.7 km, from the beginning of the trail. Please ensure to wear appropriate walking footwear as the pathway can have some slippery sections.

> Continue driving on the Bow Valley Parkway for further Interpretive Exhibits and Picnic Sites. Distance are still noted from the start of your drive on the Parkway.

20.2: MOOSE MEADOWS

25.1: CASTLE CLIFF VIEWPOINT
Named by a young geologist James Hector in 1858, Castle Mountain has been an artistic inspiration for art lovers all over the world.

26.5: STORM MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINT

38.5: BAKER CREEK PICNIC AREA

45.8: MORANT'S CURVE
The location of the classic Canadian Train photograph.

 > At the end of The Bow Valley Parkway turn left and continue on this road to reach Lake Louise.

LAKE LOUISEAs you approach the lakeshore of Lake Louise, you will begin to understand why this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Enjoy the views across the turquoise waters of the lake to Victoria Glacier, with impressive mountain peaks surrounding you. "Our diamond in the wilderness," Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise provides the most incredible views while you enjoy a refreshment, meal, or a wander around. Keep an eye out for one of our Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers outfitted in their Red Serge uniform.

Canoe rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to enjoy a paddle on the lake, please visit the Concierge Desk for further information.

> Drive back down the road from Lake Louise, turning right at Moraine Lake Road.

MORAINE LAKEAfter following the 13km winding road, you will reach another gem in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake and The Valley of the Ten Peaks. One of the best views available of the lake is easily accessible by taking the Rockpile Trail. From the picnic area by the Moraine Creek Bridge, this short trail of 0.7km, is worth the walk for an incredible photograph of the ultimate in Rocky Mountain scenery. The boulders of the Rockpile are home to many furry creatures- Chipmunks, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels and Pikas.

Canoe rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the Concierge Desk for further information on other activities that are available around Moraine Lake.