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Self Drive Tours


This tour section is available in English, French and German.
Driving time: Take all day with stops

Once you get outside of the townsite area, Banff National Park continues to become even more spectacular. Deep canyons carved by raging water, glaciers and incredible lakes that just burst with color dominate the drive. Call by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or one of the front country lodges for a tasty lunch or dinner. And best of all, keep a close lookout for wildlife.

Drive the faster Highway 1 in one direction, then take the slower and more scenic Bow Valley Parkway, route 1A, to return.

You can explore Banff to Lake Louise in a leisurely day. If you want to go further in a single day, include the drive to the the Columbia Icefields on the famous Icefields Parkway on the same day. That's a long but manageable day. Or if you want to save a whole day for the Icefields Parkway, then consider driving Banff to Lake Louise and then explore Yoho National Park before return to Banff - that's a great day of touring too.

Watch this video to hear one family's experience with the GyPSy GPS tour.



• Bow Valley Parkway
• Castle Mountain
• Johnston Canyon
• Lake Louise

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
• Moraine Lake
• Continental Divide
• Victoria Glacier

Rent the GyPSy Guide to take with you on your driving tour. Use it in your own vehicle or in a rented car or RV.


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 $39 $74

All rates are CAD$ + taxes.
*+7 rate applies as a daily rate after 7 days.
A $10 one way drop fee applies to rentals return to a different location to the pick up.

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Also look at the Icefields Parkway and Banff Tour
Click on the play buttons below to hear sample commentary from this area.