Lake Louise

Travel Guide
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
The price is CA $116 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Lake Louise Gondola. Louise ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,543 reviews)
"I really thought the room was very comfortable. The area around the Inn was also very well kept. I will stay again next time."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2022

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 CA $339 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Everything was perfect…from the wonderful staff checking us in to the restaurant staff! Room was comfortable, quiet with an amazing view. Only one small thing…that isn’t really fixable…getting to hotel parking lot was difficult…had to wait in a long line of day use traffic going up to the lodge. ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 mi (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,350 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at the hotel."

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2022

Mountaineer Lodge
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Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB
The price is CA $304 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Unique heritage lodge in a isolated mountain park setting. Authentic Rockies atmosphere."

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2021

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
Golden, BC
The price is CA $450 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in Golden, this romantic cabin is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Yoho National Park. British Columbia Visitor Centre ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Cute and cozy cabin in the mountains
"A wonderful cute and cozy cabin located in beautiful and scenic area of Golden. Steve is an excellent host. Would definitely stay here again. Had an amazing time."

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2021

✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Golden, BC
Located in Golden, this family-friendly vacation home is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kootenay River and Golden and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
It was very nice stay
"The communication with the manger was awesome"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2021

Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
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