GyPSy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives. Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.
The App that’s just like having a tour guide in your car!™
Stories, tips and advice as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.
All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.
Download over wifi, tour offline. No data, cellular or wifi required.
BANFF, LAKE LOUISE & YOHO – GYPSY GUIDE
This GyPSy Guide Driving Tour App is focused on exploring the Lake Louise area and the adjoining Yoho National Park. Its covers some of the most beautiful scenic places in the Canadian Rockies. If you are starting or finishing in the town of Banff, commentary is included for the 45 minute drive between Lake Louise and the town.
The most famous highlights in the Lake Louise area is the lake itself, beautifully backdropped by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the stunning Moraine Lake surrounded by 10 peaks.
Immediately to the west of Lake Louise is Yoho National Park and it not to be missed sights including the thundering Takakkaw Falls – the Rockies biggest. Continue on to Emerald Lake and its amazing colors. The famous Spiral Tunnels, a nation-building section of railway engineering are also along the route.
If starting from Banff, you have the option to drive along the slower Bow Valley Parkway where wildlife spotting can be lucky and there is the opportunity to visit Johnston Canyon.
You can join this tour anywhere along its route – there’s no need to begin in Banff and many people begin in Lake Louise itself. Its a memorable full day of sightseeing.
BANFF, LAKE LOUISE & YOHO HIGHLIGHTS
This tour is one of 5 tours that cover the Canadian Rockies National Parks; Calgary to Banff, Banff Townsite, Banff, Lake Louise & Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park. iPhone / Apple Store users have the option to download the complete Canadian Rockies Bundle (don’t forget to download the free Calgary to Banff tour).
This is the best tour for exploring Banff National Park. You can begin this tour in Banff or Lake Louise, or even in the small hamlet of Field if approaching on the TransCanada Highway from the west. The commentary takes you along the highway and in and out on the numerous excellent side trips to the best locations. Always be on the lookout for wildlife.
BANFF, LAKE LOUISE, YOHO & NEARBY DRIVING TOUR APPS
LISTEN TO SAMPLE COMMENTARY – BANFF, LAKE LOUISE & YOHO
BANFF, LAKE LOUISE & YOHO TOUR ROUTE MAP
Indicate our suggested start locations, or join the tour anywhere along the route and as you pass through the next point, commentary will trigger automatically.
Where does the tour start?
You can join the tour route anywhere along the route but there are 3 logical places.
From Banff. Join the tour by entering Highway 1 heading westbound towards Lake Louise.
From Lake Louise. If staying at the Chateau, join the tour by driving down the hill towards the village area. From the village and Samson Mall, drive up the hill towards Lake Louise. If joining the tour from the Icefields Parkway, you will enter the tour on Highway 1, so switch from the Icefields Parkway tour to the Banff, Lake Louise & Yoho tour.
From Field. If arriving the BC interior, you will join the tour route as you approach the town of Field. Turning left towards Emerald lake is a great way to begin.
All the commentary and directions to follow are included in the audio.
Can this tour be done the opposite way?
Yes! You do not have to start this tour in Banff. The tour goes in both directions, from west to east and east to west. You can join the tour in Lake Louise, Banff or come from Revelstoke and the interior of British Columbia. There is no set direction to do the tour in.
What should I bring?
Its important to keep charging your device as you drive and we recommend using a DC cigarette lighter-style of charger. Plugging directly into the vehicle’s USB port is not recommended.
Gas is available in Banff, Lake Louise and less reliably in Field, BC.
Always bring a jacket as weather can change quickly in the mountains. Sturdy shoes are recommended if hiking.
Don’t forget your smile and camera.
I'm not from Canada - will I need data?
There is no requirement for any data or wifi network connection while you drive. The app only requires the FREE GPS signal to operate. You can leave your cellular data function turned off – the tour will still work.