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Canadian Rockies GyPSy Guide Driving Tour App

CANADIAN ROCKIES

Narrated Driving Tour Apps

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Just Like Having A Tour Guide In Your Car™

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.

Plays automatically

Stories, local tips and directions as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.

Great Value

All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.

Works Offline

Download over wifi, tour offline.  No data, cellular or wifi required.

CANADIAN ROCKIES TOURS

Cascade Mtn, BanffLake LouiseMoraine LakeAthabasca Glacier, Icefield ParkwayBow Lake, Icefield ParkwayTakakkaw Falls, YohoAthabasca River, JasperPyramid Lake, JasperWildlife

Highlights

  • Drive along the majestic Icefields Parkway
  • Head to Banff’s most scenic viewpoints
  • Enjoy Jasper’s quieter pace
  • Discover best spots to spot wildlife

About This Tour

  • Reference each tours’ suggested start locations
  • 520 Audio Points
  • Recommend you allow 2+ Days

CANADIAN ROCKIES TOUR ROUTE MAP

What to Expect

Our most comprehensive guide for exploring the Canadian Rockies.  This one app includes all 4 of our individual tours for Banff Townsite & Surrounds, Lake Louise & Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper National Park, as well as bonus content.  It will transition seamlessly between each area and there is no need  to download tours separately.


If arriving through Calgary, we also recommend downloading the free Calgary to Banff tour app.

Banff GyPSy Guide GPS Audio Driving Tour

Banff Townsite & Surrounds – INCLUDED

Visit all to the “not be missed” sites and viewpoints, man-made and natural, in and around the Town of Banff.

We suggest starting this loop drive at the the Bow River Bridge.  Catch a glimpse of the iconic “Castle in Rockies“, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, before continuing onto the cascading Bow Falls.  Other attractions that you can explore at your leisure, also located on the south side of the bridge, include the Banff Gondola, Hot Springs and Cave & Basin sites.  We’ll follow Tunnel Mountain Road to capture amazing views from Surprise Corner, and visit hoodoo formulations with views across the sheer drop of Rundle Mountain.  The lakes just on the outskirts of Banff, Johnson and Lake Minnewanka offer great places for short hikes and boat tours.  You’ll complete the loop by climbing Mt Norquay.  The Vermillion Lakes thermal spots contribute to birdlife, elk and deer watching and when the waters are calm you can capture a classic sunset reflection photo.

It’s a great introduction to the National Park and a must-do orientation for any first time visitor to Banff.

Allow at least 3 hours to drive this loop, adding more time to stop and explore the many attractions along the way.

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Lake Louise & Yoho – INCLUDED

Iconic scenery in the Canadian Rockies; towering mountains, surreal coloured lakes and breathtaking waterfalls.

Lake Louise has 2 incredibly scenic and famous lakes: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. And the indigenous Cree people were so impressed by the region that they used the term ‘yoho” roughly translating to ‘awe’.  Not to be missed attractions in Yoho National Park include the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the largest and mightiest falls in the National Parks.

This is a stunningly beautiful area and also has some of the best grizzly gear habitat, so always keep a watchful eye to spot bears.

The reduced speed Bow Valley Parkway drive between Banff and Lake Louise also offers wildlife spotting opportunities and is the location of one of Banff's favourite easy hikes at Johnston Canyon.

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Icefields Parkway Tour – INCLUDED

One of the world’s most spectacular drives, the praise is well deserved.  Hundreds of glaciers, amazing wildlife watching, towering mountains peaks.  The highlights are well known and marked, but we’ll share some stories about the mountaineering explorers along the way to keep you entertained.

Pull into Bow Lake and don’t miss out on venturing inside Jimmy Simpsons’ historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, once the largest log cabin of it’s kind in the world.  Peyto Lake will will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief with it’s surreal turquoise blue waters created by glacial silt.

As we drive pass sheer cliffs of Cirrus Mountain with it’s Weeping Wall seeping ‘tears’, but to truly appreciate the size of this range, the viewpoint after the climb at Big Bend will have you amazed.

If you’ve packed a lunch, there are many picnic areas along the route to enjoy a break and soak in the views.  Our favourite is the short, but steep hike at Parker’s Ridge for dramatic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

The highlight for many is the Columbia Icefield with ‘tundra buggy’ style tours available up onto Athabasca Glacier where you can sip the glacial waters. If you’re the more adventurous type you can also prebook icewalk tours.

The two powerful waterfalls along the route, Sunwapta Falls & Athabasca Falls give you an idea of water contributes to slowly shaping the Rockies.

Expect a long, but exciting day of sightseeing, allow 10-14 hours.

Jasper National Park with GyPSy Guide Driving Tour App

Jasper National Park Tour – INCLUDED

There is a least a full day of sightseeing to be enjoyed using the town of Jasper as your base.  Closer to town, Patricia and Pyramid Lakes will impress, you may see big horn sheep at Old Fort Point and catch the Tramway to the top of Whistlers Mountain for amazing views. Driving further from the town takes us to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake where the cruise departs for the iconic photo of Spirit Island.

Watch for wildlife as you drive to Mitte Hot Springs for a relaxing soak.

GyPSy Guide Driving Tour for Calgary to Banff

Calgary to Banff Tour – + DOWNLOAD (FREE)

If arriving to the Rockies via Calgary, we also recommend downloading the FREE Calgary to Banff app.  It’s a perfect way to get an introduction to Banff National Park on the 1.5hr drive from the airport or downtown Calgary.   Turn by turn directions for the easiest way to get to the TransCanada Highway #1 and then stories to keep you entertained along the way.  Please note this tour only operates in one direction – Calgary to Banff.

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FAQ

Where does the tour start?

Start the tour at any of the major entrances as you approach the Parks, or join anywhere along the tour route and pick up the commentary at the next audio point.

From Calgary, Entering at Banff National Park:
The Canadian Rockies Tours officially start as you approach the Banff National Park gates just past Canmore.  We recommend using the free Calgary to Banff tour for driving from Calgary Airport or Downtown.

From Golden, BC, Entering at Yoho National Park:
Driving from Vancouver or the Okanagan, Golden is the last town before entering Yoho National Park. You will see "Welcome" signs as you enter Yoho, which is 20 minutes further east on Highway 1 from Golden.

From Edmonton, Entering at Jasper National Park:
Follow the Yellowhead Highway 16 from Edmonton (approx 3.5 hours). The last town before entering Jasper National Park is Hinton. Commentary will begin as you pass through the Jasper National Park entry gates.

From Mt Robson, Entering at Jasper National Park:
You will approach the west gates of Jasper National Park if you are driving from Kamloops on Highway 5 or from Prince George. After passing Mt Robson, its 40 minutes to the beginning of Jasper National Park. Commentary will begin as you see the signs to welcome you to Jasper National Park.

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.

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A great tool for visitors, encouraging them to learn more, explore further and return.