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Summer School and Youth Group Program

Lake Louise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet. Offering the opportunity to glimpse, learn about and photograph the magnificent wildlife, precious ecosystems and unspoiled beauty of the Rocky Mountains, here, students are inspired with wonder and curiosity.

Just 2 hours West of Calgary, Lake Louise is "Home of the Grizzly Bear." Most days in summer, spot Grizzly bears grazing on our slopes from the safety of our awe-inspiring Summer Sightseeing Gondola.

Unique and interactive programs and activities help Grades 1-9 Science teachers directly fulfill curriculum goals and feature theatre-style presentations, thought-provoking activities and guided walks.

Take your classroom to the Canadian Rockies and give students the precious opportunity to learn in one of the most breathtaking surroundings in the World.

Program Overview

Lake Louise is one of few places within Banff National Park that supports a high concentration of female grizzly bears; protecting these bears and their young is one of our top priorities. During a sightseeing ride to mid-mountain, chances are you'll glimpse one or two of the many bears that like to graze on our slopes from either an enclosed Gondola or an open-air chairlift.

Disembark, and take a short walk to our Wildlife Interpretation Centre to delve into the world of the majestic Grizzly Bear and enjoy an engaging, theatre-style presentation. Then, take a guided walk around the mountain to learn about the Lake Louise wildlife corridor and what makes this area such prime bear habitat.

Interesting discussion and activities will arise out of this experience for any Grade 1-9 class and the presentation content can be molded to suit specific requests.

This program can be conducted indoors if poor weather conditions make it difficult to travel outdoors.

Programs for Grades 1 to 9

Designed to help meet individual grade-specific learning objectives, these are instructive discoveries into the Lake Louise Ski Resort’s spectacular plants, geography, wildlife, weather systems and more. We are happy to work with teachers in advance to customize programs.

Programs Include:
  • • One complimentary Chaperone ticket for each 10 student tickets booked.
  • • Experienced and well-trained interpretive guides who deliver the programs, answer questions and lead the nature walks.
  • • Brief pre-ride Welcome and Orientation Session.
  • • Engaging presentations that help fullfil teachers' Science curriculum goals.
  • • Free use of our Wildlife Interpretation Centre and of our engaging learning displays and props.
  • • Photo taking opportunities from one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Banff National Park.

Please note that walks may be changed at anytime due to weather or otherextenuating circumstances that could pose safety hazards.

Grade 1 Science: Seasonal Changes and the Needs of Plants and Animals

A storytelling walk from the top of the Gondola down to the Wildlife Interpretation Centre allows students to experience up-close the abundance of natural plants and small animals here, how they adapt to the changing environments they face throughout a year, and how they manage to flourish. Then, a short presentation entitled: "What Plants & Animals Need," expands in a fun way upon the realities of and requirements for, surviving in often harsh alpine and sub-alpine weather and environments. Come in May through August and you'll find lush green slopes and carpets of wildflowers, or in September, witness one of nature's most stunning displays - the changing colours of the Larch trees that paint the slopes a brilliant yellow. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.

Grade 2 Science: Small, Crawling and Flying Animals

During a guided walk from the top of the Gondola, students look for and learn about the many species of small animals and birds that live here. Topics covered include how these are just as crucial to our ecosystems as are the more popular, Grade 2 Science: Small, Crawling and Flying Animals larger wildlife, like Grizzly Bears. Upon arriving at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students enjoy a brief theatre-style presentation entitled "Unsung Heroes" that further examines the lives of our small animals and birds, after which they are encouraged to discuss ways to help safeguard the little creatures that have such big importance at the ski resort. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.

Grade 3 Science: Animal Life Cycles

During a guided walk from the top of the Gondola, students learn all about the Grizzly Bear's life cycle: from birth on the mountain, into the cub and adolescent years, into maturity. After arriving at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, a theatre-style presentation is delivered about the numerous mother bears and their cubs that call the ski resort home. The presenter discusses how the mothers raise their cubs, and why the plentiful and diverse vegetation that grow here, with the relative safety of our slopes, makes the Lake Louise Gondola such prime bear habitat. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.

Grade 4 Science: Plant Growth and Changes

Walking from the top of the Gondola down to the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students discover a myriad of plants and flowers in the area and learn about how and what these need to grow and the characteristics of their life cycles. Then, students are treated to a theatre-style presentation that expands about the flora and fauna at the ski resort, with focus on the Buffalo Berry, the Dandelion and the other staples that comprise the Grizzly Bear's chiefly vegetarian diet. *Program Duration: 2 hours.

Grade 5 Science: Weather Watch and Wetland Ecosystems

A theatre-style presentation at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre kicks-off this program, which delves into the types of winds, clouds and weather systems we see here and how the shapes, features and elevations of our mountains affect the weather and wetlands. Next, students are taken on a guided hike along our "Springs Trail" to learn more about our mountain springs and wetlands and why these are integral to the survival of the varieties of animals and plants that live here. *Program Duration: 2 hours.

Grade 6 Science: Trees and Forests

Students are treated to a theatre-style presentation about the Mountain Pine Beetle; how it has affected the forests throughout the National Parks; Parks Canada's prescribed burn programs and other initiatives for combating invasive insects and infectious plant diseases. After, students take a very short, guided hike to observe the effects of the pine beetle on the forest and to learn about other of the various trees and plants that grow in the Park. Then, guides steer discussion toward the importance of protecting our forests and what students can do. *Program Duration: 2 hours.

Grade 7 Science: Planet Earth

At the Wildlife Interpretation Centre, students enjoy an interactive presentation called "Lake Louise: The Making of a Famous Landscape." This explains how the mountains were created over millions of years, the effects of the ice age, glaciation and changing water tables, the geological factors that lend to the lakes here being so incredibly turquoise, and finishes with discussion about what the landscape might look like a hundred years from now. Next, a short, guided hike to a slightly higher elevation will take students to see, learn about and enjoy photo-taking opportunities of the dazzling Lake Louise (often deemed the lake that is the most worthy of photographing on the planet), Victoria Glacier, the Continental Divide, the Bow Valley and the Bow River. The guide will tell the students about the area's evolving topography and seasonal ebbs and flows of ice and water through the Canadian Rockies. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.

Grade 8 & 9 Science: The Grizzly Truth

"The Grizzly Truth," kicks-off with an interactive presentation about the changing world of the Banff National Park Grizzly Bear over the last century. Questions explored and answered include: Which factors impact the survival of the Grizzly Bear and how can students help us ensure a sustainable environment where Grizzlies can continue to thrive? Then, students take to the outdoors, to explore a bit of our beautiful wildlife corridor. A fun and qualified guide will lead them safely on a discovery into the needs of the Grizzly Bear, discussing what makes good habitat for bears, various strategies that can be incorporated into bear conservation plans and the societal, economic, ethical and environmental issues that come with operating a business in the Banff National Park. Students will be encouraged to think about new bear conservation ideas. *Program Duration: 1.5 hours.


General Arrival Procedures
  • • If arriving by bus please have your bus driver park your bus diagonally in front of the Lodge of Ten Peaks. When arriving to the Lake Louise Gondola, pull into Parking Lot #2 and follow the bus parking signs.
  • • Upon arrival, Group Leaders must check in at the Groups summer desk located on the main floor of the Whiskeyjack Lodge.
  • • The Group Coordinators will provide Group Leaders with all the details needed for the day.
  • • Please notify us immediately of any delays in your arrival time (403-522-1341).
What to Bring
  • • Good walking shoes.
  • • Cameras.
  • • Sun block/insect repellent.
  • • Binoculars.
  • • Water.
  • • Warm clothes, toques, mitts, rain gear, and sun glasses are good things to consider.

Note: Please be prepared for any type of weather at any time of the year. Keep in mind that temperatures at mid-mountain can be 5-10 degrees cooler than temperatures at the base.


Student Pricing (Grades 1-12)   Adult Pricing (18 yrs +)  
Program $17.95 Program $21.25
Program and Breakfast Buffet $19.95 Program and Breakfast Buffet $23.95
Program and Lunch Buffet $22.95 Program and Lunch Buffet $27.95

Note: All programs include a guided walk, Interpretive Program and Gondola ride. Prices above do not include GST.

Payment Details
  • • All groups must pay for all products with one form of payment.
  • • Credit card details are required to secure your booking during the reservation process.
  • • Credit cards will NOT be charged during the reservation process, but will be kept on file.
  • • Full payment is required on the day of arrival and products will not be given until full payment is made.
  • • We are able to invoice at a later date but a credit application must be filled out before the arrival date.
  • • For invoicing at a later date, a credit application must be filled out prior to arrival and a deposit is required.
  • • We accept the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Debit, Cash and Cheques.
  • • Cheques should be made payable to The Lake Louise Ski Resort Ltd.
Optional Breakfast & Lunch Buffets(Please contact us for menus and inclusions)

For just a few extra dollars students can a buffet breakfast or lunch prepared fresh and served daily in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks!

  • • Buffet Breakfast daily from 8.30am - 10.45am.
  • • Buffet Lunch daily from 11.30am - 2.30pm.

Note: Please contact us for menus and inclusions.

Click here to view the buffet menus.

Cancellation Policy

Please contact the Group Coordinators as soon as possible when it comes to cancelling your group. Any school group cancelling within 72 hours (3 days) will be charged 50% of their estimated costs. If your school group is charged, the billing will be based on the guaranteed number or actual number, whichever is greater.

Printable Information & Booking Package

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Groups & Weddings

Open for summer 2017