Lake Louise

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Banff National Park showing mountains, snow and tranquil scenes
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.

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is CA $140 per night from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14
CA $140
per night
Feb. 13 - Feb. 14
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,310 reviews)
"Every bit about our stay was perfect, Staff were very welcoming, rooms are clean, couldn't ask for a better stay"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2023

Lake Louise Inn
Baker Creek by Basecamp
Baker Creek by Basecamp
3 out of 5
Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0
The price is CA $279 per night from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10
CA $279
per night
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (924 reviews)
"Great location and property. Good sized room"

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2023

Baker Creek by Basecamp
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, T0L1E0
The price is CA $404 per night from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9
CA $404
per night
Mar. 8 - Mar. 9
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lake Louise. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,029 reviews)
"Lake view room, amazing views but not cheap. Room was clean and updated. People who work there are very customer focused oriented, treated us like VIP."

Reviewed on Feb. 5, 2023

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Baker Creek | Queen Cabin
Baker Creek | Queen Cabin
Lake Louise, AB
Stay at this cabin in Lake Louise. Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and an in-room coffeemaker. Popular attractions Wilsons Mountain Sports and Lake Louise Gondola are ...
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Baker Creek | Superior Two Bedroom Cabin
Baker Creek | Superior Two Bedroom Cabin
Lake Louise, AB
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Family Superior Two Bedroom Cabin
Family Superior Two Bedroom Cabin
Lake Louise, AB
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Family Superior Two Bedroom Cabin
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