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Wildlife Interpretive Centre

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Our Wildlife Interpretation Centre located at the top of the gondola is the perfect place to discover what makes life in Banff National Park uniquely spectacular.

We offer daily indoor presentations for all ages, short themed Guided Walks around the centre and interactive displays to follow the footsteps of our early explorers and native wildlife. The Centre provides guests the opportunity to learn how to stay safe during their visit while exploring the area.

Read on to see how to make the most of your trip.

 

Interpretive Centre Programs

Deer and Wolves and Bears, Oh My!
guided walksEver wonder why deer don't eat meat, why wolves do, and why bears have become 90% vegetarian? During this 30-minute presentation you will find the answers to these questions while discovering the important role we can play in helping to ensure their survival.


The Bears Embrace: Coming Full Circle
Come join us on a journey to examine how human views, thoughts and feelings about the grizzly bear in the past have helped to shape the ideals of today. Discover the incredible impacts grizzly populations suffered during a time of fear and how embracing the bear is the only way to ensure this species survival.


Lake Louise….The Making of a Famous Landscape
Interested in learning more about Lake Louise? Then join us on a behind the scenes tour where we will reveal the recipe responsible for the production of this world-renowned scene.


An Unbearable Fate
guided walksHow does the Park deal with a bear that breaks all the rules? Find out all about a legendary grizzly bear named Skoki, and help determine who really broke the rules in Banff National Park.


Living on the Edge
Life is tough! Who would live in a place with wind chills up to minus 65 degrees Celsius, very little food, and steep rocky slopes? Some living things are so well suited to this harsh environment that they would have a hard time living elsewhere. Find out how these unique creatures have made a living in the sub-alpine region of the Rocky Mountains and how we can help them survive.


Unsung Heroes
The non-migratory birds of Lake Louise. Learn how it takes more than a ski pass to survive the winter at Lake Louise.

*Times: The above programs run at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm. Shows vary day to day. All theatre-style presentations are complimentary with purchase of the gondola ride.

 

Guided Walks

Choose from three excellent guided hikes as our professional interpreters lead you through the stunning surrounding environment.

Please note: Access to a guided hike requires both the purchase of a Gondola Ticket and the cost of the individual hike as listed below. An additional fall themed hike Trail of the Larches coming up in September.

Trail of the Great Bear (45 minutes)

A 45 minute easy, guided informational walk that addresses a question most of us have here in bear country, "What should I do if I see a bear?". You'll learn about bear behavior and how to stay safe.

  • Dates: Everyday.
  • Time: On the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Group Size: 1 to 12.
Rates
Adults & Kids
$9.00
Ages 5 & under Free

Note: To reserve email guides@skilouise.com, call 1-403-522-1385, or visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre on arrival.

Trail of Ice and Fire (2 hours)

Take in the spectacular views from the upper mountain and witness the evidence of ice and fire that shaped the landscape over thousands of years. A two hour moderate hike with an interpretive guide will ignite your imagination as to how this landscape would have looked during the last Ice Age.

  • Dates: Every day starting June 6, 2016.
  • Time: 1:30pm.
  • Group Size: 2 to 12.
Rates
Adults & Kids*
$19.00
*Ages 8+

Note: To reserve email guides@skilouise.com, call 1-403-522-1385, or visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre on arrival.

Trail of 7 Wonders (3.5 hours)

Discover 7 Wonders of Lake Louise. This 3.5 hour moderate hike with an interpretive guide showcases seven endangered and valued species that live and grow here in the Park.

During the fall experience the picturesque colors of the larch trees and learn about the survival strategies of the larches in the harsh alpine environment.

  • Dates: Every day starting June 6, 2016.
  • Time: 9:30am.
  • Group Size: 2 to 12.
Rates
Adults & Kids
$29.00
*Ages 8+

Note: To reserve email guides@skilouise.com, call 1-403-522-1385, or visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre on arrival.

Note: Dates/times are subject to change as the conditions of hiking trails are weather dependant.. For the Trail of the Great Bear, there are no minimums.  For all other guided walks a minimum of 3 people are required per walk, up to a maximum of 14. Due to the natural grade of the mountain trails, all participants of guided walks should be of moderate fitness ability and are encouraged to wear proper walking footwear. Please wear proper footwear and dress for all weather conditions. We recommend bringing sunglasses, water, snacks, jacket and a camera.
 

 

Hiking Trails


If you're looking to experience the sights and sounds of Lake Louise on foot there are several scenic hiking trails available which range from 1.7 to 3.4 km round trips. These trails, which are all located at the top of the sightseeing lift just above the wildlife corridor closure area, guarantee some of the most magnificent views in the Rockies. See the summer hiking trail map below for details.

Important Notes For Hikers:

  • Due to the presence of an active wildlife corridor, hiking is not permitted on the lower mountain. Those hiking on the upper mountain must use the lift when returning to the base lodges and parking area.
  • Trails may close at any time due to presence of bears. Hiking in closed areas is not permitted.
  • Hikers must be prepared for changing weather and trial conditions. Like anywhere in Banff Nation Park, assistance may not be readily available if needed.
  • We strongly recommend hiking in close groups of 4 or more.
  • Hike at your own risk. Hikers accept full responsibility for their own safety and well being.
Female grizzly with cubs

Home of the Grizzly Bear

As the grass turns green and new berries begin to flourish, one of the most powerful creatures will begin to roam in search of food. The grassy slopes below the gondola offer lush, rich vegetation for these incredible creatures. Is it any wonder that each summer the grizzly returns? Each year bears emerge from hibernation and call these alpine meadows their home. The Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift, Gondola & Interpretive Centre is committed to providing a protected environment for bears, and an educational and safe opportunity for guests to experience the natural beauty and wonder of this magnificent place!

Click here to view our Grizzly Bear & Wildlife Sightings Calendar.

 

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It is our goal to assist individuals with disabilities to access, and enjoy all features, and facilities at the Lake Louise Gondola. Please see what we offer.

 

Bonus OfferLake Louise Ski Pass Holders Bonus Offers!

Lake Louise Seasons Pass Holders

  • Ride the lift for FREE.
  • $5.00 off breakfast buffets.
  • Summer Buddy Passes - $5.00 off Ride, Ride & Breakfast, or Gondola & Gourmet packages for up to 4 friends daily.
  • 20% off Guided Walks for up to 4 friends daily.

Note: Offer also valid for Spring Pass Holders. Pass holder must be present, and valid for up to 4 friends daily - Ages 6+).


Louise Plus Card Holders

  • 50% off gondola ride tickets, and $5.00 off breakfast buffets. 
  • Summer Buddy Passes - $5.00 off Ride, Ride & Breakfast, or Gondola & Gourmet packages for up to 4 friends daily.
  • 20% off Guided Walks for up to 4 friends daily.

Note: Pass holder must be present, and valid for up to 4 friends daily - Ages 6+.


Super Pass, Big 3 Pass and Rocky Mountain Passport Holders

  • 50% off gondola ride tickets.
  • $5.00 off breakfast buffets.
  • Summer Buddy Passes - $5.00 off Ride, Ride & Breakfast, or Gondola & Gourmet packages for up to 4 friends daily.

These offers are valid for 2015/16 & 2016/17 Lake Louise Season Pass (including Spring Passes), Louise Plus Card, Super Pass, Big 3 Pass and Rocky Mountain Passport holders only. Tickets are valid only on the day received/purchased. No cash refund will be provided on a free or discounted ticket. Not for resale. This offer can only be redeemed at the ticket counter in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks.

 

 
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