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Lake Louise
Travel Guide

This remote hamlet is named after its glacier lake, which is so picturesque and placid that you won’t believe it’s real.

All of the glacial lakes of Canada’s Rocky Mountains are stunning, but there is something about Lake Louise that makes it look too good to be true. Yet, this hamlet is very real and even though it feels like it’s a world away from Calgary, it’s not hard to reach. Finding a diamond like this deep in the vast wilderness of Banff National Park certainly adds to the lake’s appeal.

The village of Lake Louise, 3 miles (5 kilometers ) downhill from the lake, has shops, gear rental stores, restaurants and a range of accommodation options. The stately hotel Chateau Lake Louise is part of the elevated Lake Louise Mountain Resort at the lake’s edge, providing a scenic place to eat, rest or soak in the spa.

Lake Louise is a popular tourist destination during both the ski season and summer months and offers plenty of exciting, or relaxing, activities year-round.

In summer, put your feet up in the resort or camp out in the wilderness. If you like hiking or horse riding, join a guided tour to traverse the trails around the lake, until you reach the point where you can overlook Peyto Lake with its beautiful turquoise-colored water. Another trail leads to Mirror Lake. Canoeing is the best way to explore the lakes, because the water is too cold for swimming.

By winter Lake Louise is in full swing again as it shifts to accommodate the flocks of wintersports fanatics. Lake Louise is home to some of Canada’s best powdery slopes. The town’s luxury ski resorts offer gear rental and direct shuttles to the mountains.

Reach Lake Louise, in the province of Alberta, by driving along the Trans-Canada Highway northwest from Banff, a 35-mile (57-kilometer) journey. Buses from Calgary, which has an international airport, take just over two hours to get to Lake Louise, but the best way to see the area is by car. The next town up, Jasper, is more than three hours away along the Icefields Parkway, a very scenic journey.

Top hotels in Lake Louise

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is £79 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...

4/5Very Good! (1,816 reviews)

"Great location, budget friendly, and clean and cozy stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Lake Louise Inn
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is £251 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"It was a well needed family staycation! Loved every minute of it!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is £81 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...

4/5Very Good! (1,152 reviews)

"Very nice clean room. Comfortable bed. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Mountaineer Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Lake Louise

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB

Situated in Castle Junction, this cabin is 2 mi (3.1 km) from Vista - Arnica Lake Trailhead and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Kootenay National Park. Banff National Park ...

4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)

"The cabin was so charming and romantic a great getaway! The café had fantastic food and a real chef. Presentation was fantastic it’s all"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
2924 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC
The price is £403 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Golden, this romantic cabin is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. British Columbia Visitor Centre ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excellent!

"Property was thoroughly cleaned, with a magnificent view and close proximity to various parks, hikes, and sights. Property manager was attentive and thoughtful. This place is great for small and large groups alike."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2020

✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
2924 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC

Set in Golden, this family-friendly holiday home is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. Golden and District ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Our stay

"Beautiful spot, lovely cottage. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lake Louise

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4/5 - Good

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1 Oct 2019

Lake Louise is a beautiful area but can be really busy with so many visitors and tours.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Lake Louise is in a lovely setting but very busy and parking becomes difficult after 8.30am! There is a shuttle bus if unable to park at Lake. We visited Bow Lake on our second day and it was beautiful and unspoilt so definitely worth a visit if you

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Sep 2019

Stunning area and well directed for traffic as it can get busy for parking. We managed to see Moraine Lake which I found even more special than Lake Louise

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Sep 2019

Beautiful lake - even in the rain!

4/5 - Good

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1 Sep 2019

Make sure you okay with walking as parking is a nightmare. 1st come early, real early, the rest walk.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Aug 2019

Go very early to find a parking place in the car park rather than try for the shuttle bus. Queues for the shuttle bus were close to 2 hours. Amazing hike to Six Glacier Teahouse..

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