The dramatic scenery of Lake Louise will leave you breathless. Possibly the most relaxing place in the world, stroll, walk or hike through this stunning location in summer. In winter, Lake Louise (one of North America’s largest ski resorts) is the jewel in Canada’s skiing crown! There’s so much to do you will be spoilt for choice on your holiday to Canada.
One thing that everyone experiences on a Lake Louise holiday is the magnificent scenery; located in the heart of the stunning and historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise offers breath-taking views with snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. Why not take a Canadian walking holiday during the summer months, with beautiful vistas and the chance to spot some of the local wildlife!
In Winter Lake Louise is all about ski - as part of the Ski Big 3 you can enjoy the Lake Louise Ski Area, Mt Norquay and Sunshine Village all with one lift ticket! The Lake Louise Ski Area is perfect for those who want to ski as a family or in a group with beginner, intermediate and expert runs leading off every chair – and it’s a real joy to ski with such a scenic backdrop. Mt Norquay is a small, friendly resort close to the town of Banff – there are excellent beginner areas for anyone new to skiing. Sunshine Village is a real experience, you feel like you are high up in the clouds! You can ski two provinces, both Alberta and British Columbia, and with endless spectacular views of the Rockies, Sunshine Village is a must for anyone visiting the Lake Louise area.
The town of Lake Louise itself is a picture-postcard perfect Rocky Mountain town! With a small selection of restaurants, bars and shops you can enjoy the peacefulness of the town after a long day on the slopes. If you want a wider selection of restaurants or fancy a fun-filled night out, then head to the exciting town of Banff – only a short 45 minute drive away.
Lake Louise is a unique offering for whatever you are looking for on your holiday to Canada. Wherever you choose to ski across the vast Big 3 you will always be surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains. Skiing in this environment is truly an experience you will never forget - just remember to bring your camera!
Things to do
Popular things to do in Lake Louise
Enjoy the panoramic splendour of the majestic Canadian Rockies in an open chair or gondola and thrill to the beauty of gleaming glaciers, alpine vistas, tranquil crystal lakes and really wild wildlife. At a top elevation of 2088m (6850ft) you will discover why this magical place is home to so many grizzly bears as you watch over one of the best bear habitats in Banff National Park and then view wildflowers and abundant plant life where two eco-regions meet. And when your aerial ride ends your adventure at the award-winning Wildlife Interpretation Centre begins.
Departures: Daily May 22 to Oct 4, 2015
This unforgettable journey begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, paddles and guides commands. Enjoy the serene upper section of the Kicking Horse River before heading into the mighty rapids of the middle canyon. As the Kicking Horse Canyon narrows, the waves build, taking rafters on whitewater journey through class 4 rapids, finishing 20km downstream! Enjoy 2 - 2.5 hours of Kicking Horse River time before heading back to the Hydra rafting base to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and view a slide show of the rafting photos. This trip is perfect for the first time rafter; no experience is necessary. BBQ lunch include: choice of Alberta Angus beef or vegetarian burger; fresh, baked, local buns; assorted salads, choice of dessert (triple chocolate fudge cake, triple berry crumble, butter tart squares or carrot cake); hot and cold drinks.
Departures: Daily from May 18 to Sep 15, 2015
Duration: 7 hours
The tour begins with a visit to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is one of the great photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Cross the Great Divide into Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Takakkaw Falls, in the magnificent Yoho Valley, will be the final stop before beginning the trek back home.
Departures: Daily May 1 to Oct 19, 2015
Duration: 5 hours
Travel from Lake Louise to Jasper with a guide and learn all about the famous local characters that made their mark on one of the world’s most amazing mountain highways. In the comfort of a luxury motor coach, your trip will allow opportunities for mountain wildlife viewing and visits to scenic viewpoints. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where modern day explorers can take an Ice Explorer out on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier for a spectacular ice age adventure. Also included within this tour is the Glacier Skywalk, a 277m high glass platform overlooking the Sunwapta Valley with amazing views. The Ice Explorer ride, Glacier Skywalk and lunch are included within this tour.
Departures: Daily May 1 to Oct 16, 2015,
May 1 to Oct 14, 2016
Duration: 8.5 hours
Top tips for visiting Lake Louise
Top Tip 1
• Spend a night at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise : this iconic, luxury hotel is the perfect mountain resort to enjoy the picturesque scenery encircling Lake Louise. Set in the midst of numerous mountain peaks and overlooking the lake, travellers are able to appreciate the exquisite beauty of their surroundings.
Top Tip 2
• Canoe on Lake Louise at Sunrise, there’s no better way to experience the magnificence of the lake that gives the town its name than actually being on it. Take a canoe onto the lake at the most peaceful time of day to watch the sun rise over the surrounding mountains – the perfect start to a day.
Top Tip 3
• Take a hike to Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House: leaving from the Fairmont Chateau this scenic trail will lead you right around the shoreline trail of Lake Louise. You will leave the crowds behind as you start your trail up the valley ridge and you can glance back at the beautiful birds-eye view of Lake Louise. The hike ends by the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where you can grab your reward and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and even spot an avalanche! You can also hike an extra 1.5Km to the Abbott Pass viewpoint where you can get an excellent view of the Lower Victoria Glacier – definitely worth the extra effort!
Top Tip 4
• Experience the Ski Slopes: being one of the largest Ski Resorts in North America, Lake Louise offers something for everyone with both gentle slopes for beginners alongside some of the most challenging terrain of the Rockies. The quiet slopes also have the added extra of the spectacular views over the Canadian Rockies which are unmatched by any other Ski resort.
Top Tip 5
• Take a trip on the Lake Louise Gondola: with a choice of an open air or fully enclosed gondola this is the ideal opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wild grizzly bear in its natural habitat. Make sure you take your camera along to snap some delightful views of the peaks and glaciers.
Top Tip 6
• Dine at the Deer Lodge: just a 5 minute walk from the lake, the Deer Lodge restaurant is known as one the best dining rooms in the whole of the Canadian Rockies. The extensive wine list, which includes award-winning Canadian wines, is one of the most impressive in the area.
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