Plan Your Day

 

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HopOnBanff gives you the freedom to explore the Park at your own pace. We have years of experience showing people around Banff and have put together some suggestions on how to spend your time with us.

Staying in Banff 

Here are some itinerary options to plan your day

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The Full Schedule
Hikers Combo
Later Start
Enjoy the Lakes

Staying in Lake Louise 

Visit Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon

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Staying in Lake Louise
Johnston Canyon Hiker

The Full Schedule

Banff Departure Times

Moose Hotel 7:45am

Banff Train Station 7:50am

Take advantage of an early start. Our buses depart Banff at 7:45am from the Moose Hotel, and 7:50am from the Train station for good reason. It means that we are the first ones out on the Bow Valley Parkway which is closed from 8pm to 8am in early season, and our first stop is Johnston Canyon. Arriving at 8:20am means you have the trail and the waterfalls almost exclusively to yourself before getting on to the next bus at 10:10am.

 

The next part of your day gives you time to decide where you want to go next, flexibility is the key! As your bus winds along the Parkway this has been the sweet spot for wildlife viewing and most guests decide on the Gondola at Lake Louise for spectacular views and great options for lunch.

 

After your experience at the Lake Louise Gondola your next departure at 13:25 will take you to the most spectacular place you could ever imagine. Moraine Lake. This is the only time the bus will sit and wait for you and it is specifically designed so that you have time to experience the Million Dollar viewpoint.

 

Departing Moraine Lake at 14:55 you will then get to spend the last of your afternoon strolling the shore of Lake Louise, the Jewel of the Rockies. Hike up to Fairview Lookout, walk to the end of the Lake, or simply take it all in from a lakeside bench before departing back to Banff.

 

Hiker's Combo

Banff Departure Times

Moose Hotel 7:45am

Banff Train Station 7:50am

This is a great way to get some hiking in!

 

Head out on the first bus and enjoy having Johnston Canyon all to yourself.

Experience both waterfalls before departing on the next bus at 10:10.

 

Keep your eyes out for wildlife as you continue along the Bow Valley Parkway and make the choice of Hiking around the Lake Louise area or Moraine Lake. With teahouses, alpine lakes, and glacier walks to choose from you have a lot of options and can change your mind without any worries.

 

A Later Start

Banff Departure Times

Moose Hotel 9:30am

Banff Train Station 9:35am

You're on holiday and should be allowed to have a more relaxed day. Leave the townsite behind and set out along the Bow Valley Parkway.

You decide where you want to spend more time and can start at Johnston Canyon to see both waterfalls and enjoy some lunch before continuing on.

Or head to Lake Louise first to walk the lakeshore and enjoy Tea at the Chateau or a glacier filled picnic. 

Whichever your first choice, you won't want to miss Moraine Lake! Our hosts will tell you which bus to take to experience the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, then choose your last attraction afterwards.

 

Enjoy the Lakes

Banff Departure Times

Moose Hotel 7:45am

Banff Train Station 7:50am

Head out to Moraine Lake first. The fabulous views at the top of the Rockpile await you! You also have time to walk to the end of Moraine lake and back.

 

After exploring Moraine Lake, head to Lake Louise for lunch and the Lakeshore walk. There is also a chance to visit the Lake Louise gondola and soar above the valley on the gondola or chairlift. (additional cost)

 

You have a very good opportunity to spot grizzly bears from the gondola, and the Bow Valley Parkway boasts some of the most spectacular views in the valley with chances of seeing wildlife such as elk, coyote, pine martens, grizzlies, black bears and bighorn sheep!

 

Staying in Lake Louise

Combine Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon

Lake Louise Departure Times

Samson Mall 9:20am

Chateau Lake Louise 9:35am

From 9:20am in the village or 9:35am at the Chateau Lake Louise you can enjoy the luxury of a guaranteed seat to get you to one of the most difficult places to see. Moraine Lake. Enjoy over one-and-a-half hours of walking the lakeshore and the 15 minute walk up the Rockpile to the million dollar viewpoint before getting on the 11:45am bus to Johnston Canyon.

With just over two hours here you have enough time for a quick snack and both seeing the lower and upper waterfalls before you depart back to Lake Louise.

 

The opportunity for wildlife sightings is very high as well!

 

Johnston

Canyon Hiker

Lake Louise Departure Times

Chateau Lake Louise 10:35am,12:15pm

Samson Mall 10:45am,12:25pm

Buses head for Johnston Canyon from Lake Louise and you can have enough time to enjoy lunch at Johnston Canyon Resort and walk to both waterfalls or even the Ink Pots for more motivated hikers. Or take a later start to see just the two waterfalls.

Depart Johnston Canyon: 3:35pm

 

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