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Lake LouiseCanada

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 CA $97 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 22

Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Louise Lake ...

4/5Very Good! (1,814 reviews)

"The front foyer has a nice little area to sit in front of a fireplace and there was some walking paths to explore."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

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 $382 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (953 reviews)

"Beautiful lake setting within the mountains. But other then that, not much to do in Lake Louise. The town of Banff has more things to offer."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

Situated in a national park, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Louise Lake is 2.3 mi (3.7 ...

4/5Very Good! (1,044 reviews)

"Pretty decent for the price. Breakfast was good. Would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

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.

Vacation 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 Oct. 1, 2019

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Chancellor Peak Chalets
Chancellor Peak Chalets
3.5 out of 5
2924 Kicking Horse Road, 28KM East of Golden, Golden, BC

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. British Columbia Visitor ...

4.3/5Excellent! (127 reviews)
Authentic chalets in nature

"This was my second stay at Chancellor Peak. We stayed in chalet #14 which is private with an amazing view of the Peak and the surrounding nature. The chalet complex is located right at the Kootenay River. The area is very quiet and there are bears as well. A black bear came looking for food around ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

Chancellor Peak Chalets
Getaway Cabin Perfect For Ski Or Hike For Groups
Getaway Cabin Perfect For Ski Or Hike For Groups
2924 Kicking Horse Rd, #1, Golden, BC
The price is CA $109 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Away from the crowds, comfortable and cute :)

"This cabin was a great location for some hiking we wanted to do in the Yoho / Banff area. Also enjoyed some yummy meals in Golden - 25min away."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2019

Getaway Cabin Perfect For Ski Or Hike For Groups
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.

Popular places to visit in Lake Louise

Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake

4.5/5(252 reviews)

The view of this turquoise lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks has been immortalized on countless postcards and on the back of 20-dollar bills in Canada.

Lake Louise Mountain Resort
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Lake Louise Mountain Resort

4.5/5(184 reviews)

If you are a snow bunny or love the exhilaration of taking the slopes with absolute abandon, Canada has what you are looking for at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. 

Lake Louise Gondola
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Lake Louise Gondola

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Ride high above the rugged landscapes of Banff National Park, look for grizzly bears and go hiking amid pristine mountain countryside.

Top things to do in Lake Louise

Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour

CA $99
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience
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Lake Louise Summer Gondola Experience

CA $42
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Louise
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Louise

CA $462
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lake Louise

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 63.28671328671329%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.37062937062937%
3 - Okay
14
3 - Okay 4.895104895104895%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.097902097902098%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.34965034965034963%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 28, 2020

We were here to move my son back home after Lake Louise Ski Hill was shut down due to Covid-19. Unfortunately the National Parks were closed so we weren’t able to visit any attractions but have spent a lot of time prior in Lake Louise and love it!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

We had a great family friendly trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

We x-country skied Pipestone. The snow was excellent and the people working to track set did a great job. Thanks!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Very expensive dining options unless you went to a hostel restaurant.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Confusing and contrary information from front desk staff which ended up making the stay unnecessarily negative.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

It’s truly beautiful out in the mountains, a bucket list trip for sure.

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