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Exploring Lake Louise

The tiny hamlet of Lake Louise lies just five kilometres from glacial Lake Louise in beautiful Banff National Park. The lake is famous for its glowing emerald green waters, and is a luxury destination for visitors looking for supreme natural beauty and outdoor activities. The area is well-known for its winter ski resort as well as for the thrill of ice skating on the frozen lake, and spring and summer are favourite times with hikers, walkers, sailors, and fishing enthusiasts. The highlights here are the stunning Rocky Mountain views and the unspoiled wildernesses surrounding the lake.

The Lake Louise Ski Area hosts alpine and cross country trails, as well as snowboarding and heli-skiing areas, and ice-fishing and skating on the lake are popular pursuits. Most of the hamlet’s 1,000 residents live on the lakeshore in a huddle of homes known as ‘the village’, and there’s another small community adjacent to the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Banff National Park is now a World Heritage-listed UNESCO site for its unique flora, fauna, superb natural beauty, and Victoria Glacier. Lake Louise draws visitors year-round, although winter is the most popular time for its top-class skiing, ice-sculpture contests, and traditional activities, such as sleigh rides and dog sledding.

Sights nearby

For those in love with the wild, mountainous expanses of the few totally unspoiled locations left on the planet, a visit here is unforgettable. This region of the Canadian Rockies holds endless, amazing vistas, glorious lakes, ancient forests, and glaciers, and the crisp, clear mountain air invigorates and restores.

Victoria Glacier
The hike up to the Victoria Glacier is one of the world’s great trails, beginning at the lakeshore and passing a welcome teahouse before it switchbacks to the edge of the giant river of ice with its mysterious crevasses and ice fields. It’s not the best idea to venture onto the glacier itself, but a close-up view of its massive size and the sound of millions of tons of slowly-moving ice is an unforgettable experience.

Lake Louise Gondola
Summer visitors to Lake Louise as well as winter skiers are treated to magnificent views of the surrounding terrain on the Lake Louise Gondola. In summer, the ski area is given over to a wildlife viewing centre, with grizzly bears in their natural environment the most popular sightings.

Banff National Park
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest park, and one of the best–loved for its natural beauty and wildlife. Almost all the region consists of totally unspoiled wilderness inhabited by bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, moose, deer, caribou, and elk. It’s the ultimate get-away-from-it-all location, overlooked by the snow-capped Rockies.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Given the tiny size of Lake Louise village, there are a surprising number of excellent eateries, mostly found in the hotels but also along the main street. The Station Restaurant and the fine dining hub at the Post Hotel are well-known for their cuisine, and small Samson Mall hosts several eateries.

The majority of hotels, such as the Deer Lodge and the Mountaineer Lodge, have bars or pubs which are good for a cozy evening meeting with new friends and, for shopping, either the upscale hotel arcades or Samson Mall have interesting stores selling fashions and souvenirs.

Public transport

Calgary International Airport, around 160kms from Lake Louise, is most travellers’ point of arrival, and hiring a car is the preferred method of onward transportation. Lake Louise itself is easily navigated on foot, and there are a few buses with travel from the village to other settlements in the region. Taxis can be hired, but are not often used, and tours to other attractions in the region are easily arranged through hotels.