Village of Lake Louise
West of the town of Banff 57 km/35 miles, the village of
Lake Louise is a little ways off the beaten track of the
Trans Canada highway. It is smaller and quieter than
Banff but has many amenities, including a medical
clinic, RCMP detachment, postal outlet and shops. There
are several good hotels with restaurants and spas.
At the Lake
Five km/3 miles from the village, emerald green Lake
Louise is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, trees and
the stately Chateau Lake Louise. The Chateau is a very
large luxury hotel with restaurants, 20 shops and a boat
dock which rents canoes.
will find trails leading around the lake towards the
Beehives or Lake Agnes. More ambitious hikers can go
beyond the lake up to the Plain of Six Glaciers for a
round trip of five hours. For those who enjoy a cup of
tea, there are teahouses located at Lake Agnes and the
Plain of Six Glaciers.
promenade in front of the hotel can get very crowded in
summer so visit in the early morning or evening to avoid
What To Do
The Lake Louise area is an all season playground. In
winter there is skiing at Lake Louise ski area,
snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, heli-skiing,
ice climbing; and during the rest of the year there is
hiking, mountaineering, heli-tours, wildlife viewing,
boating, horseback riding, caving and white water
rafting. Just to mention a few.
through August the gondola is open to take people up
into the mountains for sightseeing and hiking.
Moraine Lake, 15 km/9 miles from village, is nestled in
the Valley of the Ten Peaks and you might recognize the
scene from the back of the old twenty dollar bill. There
are canoes for rent or hiking trails to many other lakes
Lake, 5 km/3 miles from village on the Icefields
Parkway, is an excellent place for photography and
Where It’s At
Lake Louise is approximately 250 km/155 miles east of
Three Valley Gap.