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Lake LouiseCanada

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, 5 kilometres (3 miles) 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 57-kilometre (35-mile) 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.

Top hotels in Lake Louise

Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$152 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...

4/5Very Good! (1,870 reviews)

"Clean. Had nice extras like a fridge, kettle and coffee making in the room."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 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 NZ$510 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.

Situated on a lake, this spa resort is steps away from Louise Lake and Icefields Parkway. Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)

"We visited end of October for our honeymoon. We payed extra and got the lake view room and it was worth every penny waking up to the beautiful lake every morning. It felt as though we were in a real life snow globe. We hiked to the other side of the lake one morning and it was peaceful and completely ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2020

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is NZ$151 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Mountain Resort ...

4/5Very Good! (1,139 reviews)

"Very comfortable bed, nice room, microwave and fridge made it easy to stay safe"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2021

Mountaineer Lodge
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.

Holiday Rentals in Lake Louise

✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
2924 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC
The price is NZ$767 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

Situated in Golden, this romantic cabin is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. British Columbia Visitor Centre ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excellent!

"Property was thoroughly cleaned, with a magnificent view and close proximity to various parks, hikes, and sights. Property manager was attentive and thoughtful. This place is great for small and large groups alike."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2020

✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
3 out of 5
Highway 93 South, Castle Junction, AB

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)

"The cabin was so charming and romantic a great getaway! The café had fantastic food and a real chef. Presentation was fantastic it’s all"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2019

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabins & Dining
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
Relaxing All Season Chalet - Cabin # 4
2924 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC

Set in Golden, this family-friendly holiday home is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from Yoho National Park and 5.6 mi (9 km) from Wapta Falls Trailhead. Golden and District ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Our stay

"Beautiful spot, lovely cottage. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 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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