LAKE LOUISE WILDLIFE
Lake Louise is known as Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” and as well, “Hiking Capital of Canada.” The area of Lake Louise offers a variety of sightseeing opportunities which includes glaciers, breathtaking mountain vistas and awe-inspiring wildlife. There are always opportunities to encounter wildlife in Banff National Park. From pikas to grizzlies, we promise you’ll enjoy the excitement of seeing animals in their natural habitat.
May and June are excellent months to travel around the Icefields Parkway. You will see plenty of wildlife along the way; from cougars and elk to mountain goats and bighorn sheep, along with more than 250 bird species, from the common gray jay to the rarer white ptarmigan. There is so much snow up high on the mountains that the animals come down in order to find nutrition. Quite often, on a good day you will see every major animal who share our park. Please be sure to drive carefully to protect these animals and of course, if you see a bear – please stay in your car which will help save them from human habituation.
If you enjoy birding, bring your binoculars and in late May there are many unusual ducks that can be found on Herbert Lake as they migrate north for the season. There is also a picnic area and trail so be sure to pack a lunch and take in the views.
One of the best ways to take in the Lake Louise wildlife is by riding the gondola. It’s a 14 minute ride to the top where you can choose to cruise in a four passenger open chair or a fully enclosed gondola. With frequent animal sightings, there’s a chance that on your way to the top (an elevation of 2088 m/ 6850 ft) you will see grizzly bears, black & brown bears, cougars, lynx, mountain goats, wolves, elk, mule & whitetail deer, moose, big horn sheep and many others.