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Wildlife Interpretive Centre

Award Winning Natural Heritage Interpretation Programs

interpretive programsThe end of the lift and gondola ride is only the start of the adventure. All lift and gondola visits begin with a pre-ride Visitor Welcome, presented by our Interpretive Services staff. This brief presentation will ensure a safe and enjoyable visit while enlightening visitors about our unique surroundings.

At the top of the lift and gondola Interpretive Programs are available daily, including indoor presentations and themed guided walks. The Wildlife Interpretation Centre is also available for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Programs are conducted by our Interpretive Guides who will lead you through the landscape, following in the footsteps of wildlife and early explorers. Discover the historical significance of this area and explore the natural wonders that have made this area so special in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Programs highlight environmental initiatives within Banff National Park and the adaptations both plants and animals have made to survive in this remarkable landscape.

Our interpretive program was awarded "Best Natural Heritage Product/Service" by the Banff Heritage Tourism Bureau in the fall of 2004. This award recognizes excellence in natural heritage education throughout Banff National Park.

 

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: Trail of the Great Bear


Join us for a moderate, 45 minute walk that addresses a question most of us have while in bear country. "What should I do if I see a bear?" We will learn how to stay safe in bear country while keeping bears safe as well.

  • Duration: 45 min
  • Times: Walks are held three times a day 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Cost: $5.71

*Walks are based on a first come first served basis. A minimum of 4 people are required per walk, up to a maximum of 14.


Reservations
There is a maximum of 14 walkers per time slot so we recommend guests arrive early and sign up to reserve a spot once they arrive at Whitehorn Lodge (at the top of the lift/gondola).


Required Preparation
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.

 

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 now 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 dude 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.

Up the Mountain & Down the River - Adventure Packages

The Lodge of the Ten Peaks

Ride the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola then take a whitewater or family rafting trip down the famous Kicking Horse River for just one low price!

 
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.

 

diabled symbolDisabled Traveler's Accessibility Info

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 and get $5 off breakfast & lunch buffets (ages 6+). Louise Plus Card holders ride the lift for half price and get $5 off breakfast & lunch buffets. Up to 4 guests of Seasons Pass Holders and Lake Louise Plus Card holders receive $5 off lift, or Ride & Dine packages (pass holder must be present, and valid for up to 4 friends daily - Ages 6+). Partner Season Passes including Super Pass, Big 3 Pass, and Rocky Mountain Passports get 50% off the lift or Ride & Dine Packages and up to 4 guests receive $5 off lift, or Ride & Dine packages (pass holder must be present, and valid for up to 4 friends daily - Ages 6+).

Terms & Conditions: These offers are valid for 2014/15 & 2015/16 Lake Louise Season Pass, 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 Lodge of the Ten Peaks.

 
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