Lake Louise offers stunning turquoise waters surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. As if the picturesque views from the lakeshore weren’t enough, you can get even better views by taking a ride on the Lake Louise Gondola.
While it may not be the perfect choice for those afraid of heights, it will only take 15 minutes for the gondola to arrive at its destination on Mt. Whitehorn, 6,850 feet above sea level. You can choose to ride in an open chair or an enclosed gondola with both providing the same amazing views.
In the summer, the Lake Louise Gondola ride will provide fabulous views of Banff National Park, glaciers, alpine meadows, creeks, and natural wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see whitetail deer, wolves, elk, moose, cougars, mountain goats, and even the majestic grizzly bear – where daily sightings from the Lake Louise Gondola are the norm.
Once you’re at the top, you can choose to go hiking on a number of trails designed for various fitness levels, or to learn more about the Canadian Rockies which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The Wildlife Interpretive Centre offers a further look through a number of programs including ‘Deer and Wolves and Bears. Oh My!’, ‘The Bears Embrace: Coming Full Circle,’ and ‘Lake Louise: the Making of a Famous Landscape.’
During the summer, the Lake Louise Gondola is in operation from mid-May until the end of September and offers complimentary shuttle service from many area hotels including Chateau Lake Louise, Deer Lodge, Lake Louise Campground, Samson Mall, and the village hotels. In the winter, the gondola operates as part of the Lake Louise Ski Area which was voted as ‘one of the Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America’ by Ski Magazine.
Rides on the Lake Louise Gondola are a bargain at only CAD $25.95 per adult and $12.95 for children ages 6 to 15. If you’d like to enjoy a buffet breakfast or lunch while you’re at it, the Ride ’n Dine option is the best bargain for your dollar – including both the gondola ride ticket and your chosen meal at the Lodge at Ten Peaks, the adult combo tickets are only $28.60 for breakfast ($32.25 lunch) and $15.95 for breakfast ($18.50 lunch) for children.
Groups are welcome to visit Lake Louise Gondola and it’s also possible to arrange weddings which can include accommodations, catering, and some of the most spectacular views in all of Canada.
Flickr.com Photo Credit: Up the Gondola! by Ripkas