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 $84 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Icefields Parkway and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,605 reviews)
"We absolutely loved our room! We had a beautiful view of the mountain right from our balcony! Place was super clean, staff super helpful and overall was an amazing experience! Also we got engaged and they left us a bottle of champagne on the house for us when we arrived! Such a nice touch! They really ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 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 CA $339 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps from Icefields Parkway and Louise Lake. Lake Louise Gondola and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"All the great hikes and activities right from the hotel"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2.5 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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! (1,228 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on Oct. 14, 2021

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 $305 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
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! (25 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 Oct 18 to Oct 18
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Worked well for large group"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 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! (6 reviews)
It was very nice stay
"The communication with the manger was awesome"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 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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