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Even from the carpark the view is magnificent.

Lake Louise is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of the Canadian Rockies in Canada. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated, but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Chateaux Lake Louise. This resort is currently undergoing major expansion, and a large conference wing is being constructed on the 'inland' side of the hotel.

There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain.

Get in

Many people who stay at the Chateaux come as part of a tour package, and arrive by tourist bus. You can of course drive yourself along the Icefields Parkway, which is kept clear of snow 365 days a year so that people can get in to access the skifields. Lake Louise is 184 KM (115 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta and 60 KM (36 miles) West of the town of Banff.

Calgary airport is 2 hours drive away from Lake Louise. If you fly to Calgary during the ski season, there is a regularly scheduled bus which runs daily from December 1st to April 13, stopping at Banff and Lake Louise. Otherwise, Gray Line will run a tourist ski bus provided there are more than ten bookings.

Get around



One of the skiruns at Lake Louise

As a ski-resort and wilderness area, tourist activity varies according to the season. The primary form of spring and summer recreation in the area is walking around the lake on the lakeside path, hiking on mountain trails leading from the lake, and admiring the scenery. During the summer, canoes can be rented and fishing is a popular activity.

In winter, visitors can iceskate on the lake and enjoy a dogsled ride on the thick ice. The Lake Louise ski fields are only a short drive from the lake, offering ski-enthusiasts with a wide variety of runs for varying skill levels. The ski season runs from November to mid-May.



In the town at the base of the mountain, there are two restaurants (one converted from the heritage-listed train station) and a gas station.



  • Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, (403)522-3511, [1], is the only option if you want to stay right at the lake, but be warned - the chateaux is luxurious, but extremely expensive. If you have the money, it is worth it for the beautiful surroundings and the clear crisp mountain air.
  • HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre, Village Road, reservations:(403)670-7580, hostel:(403)522-2202, [2], is a large hostel in the town. There is a cafe at the hostel. In winter, dorm beds from $27 (non-member $31), private rooms from $78 (non-member $86). In summer, dorms from $34 (non-member $38), private rooms from $99 (non-member $112). Ski packages are available.
  • HI-Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel, central reservations:(403)670-7580, [3], is a small hostel about halfway down the road towards Banff, and offers a very laid back atmosphere. The facilities are excellent, with a sizeable kitchen, friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Highly recommended. Reservations are required during the winter months, as closure dates may apply, and recommended during the summer months to ensure a bed. Dorm beds from $19, with a $4 surcharge for non-members, ski packages available.

The lake is approximately an hour's drive from Banff, where a much wider variety of accommodations are available.

Get out

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