Lake Louise Holidays

While many famous locations don’t live up to the hype, Lake Louise certainly does. Its vibrant emerald-green water, soaring mountain backdrop, glistening glacier and palatial hotel are simply picture-perfect, whatever the season.

By far the best way to immerse yourself in the spectacular landscape is to step out on a hike and Lake Louise has year-round trails for all ability levels, from a simple short stroll to a rigorous mountaintop trek. Alternatively, hire a bike and take the family for a spin along the lake, or climb as many hills as your legs can manage and pedal amongst towering peaks. When snow covers the trails and roads you can try fat biking, a great fun option. During winter, choose from ice skating on the frozen lake to cross-country skiing, dog sledding and more.

A summertime must do is to hire a canoe from the Lake Louise boathouse and paddle across the lake towards the Victoria Glacier. For a bird’s eye view, climb aboard the Lake Louise Gondola which crawls up the side of Whitehorn Mountain to a dizzying viewpoint above the valley floor.

South of Lake Louise is Moraine Lake, whose waters are the most amazing colour, a vivid shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. Sit lakeside and absorb the surrounding mountains, waterfalls and rock piles, a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal.

The hamlet of Lake Louise itself has a small selection of shops and a variety of accommodation and restaurant options, many of which practise a farm-to-table ethos.

Essential facts about Lake Louise
Local Time

GMT -8 hours


Canadian dollar

Travel information

Lake Louise is about 40 minutes drive from Banff or 2 hours from Calgary.

Best time to go

The lake is usually frozen from mid-November creating a magical wonderland and doesn’t completely thaw until early June. From late June-early September the lake’s famous intense turquoise colour emerges, while in autumn the trees produce radiantly coloured leaves.

Unmissable Experiences in Lake Louise
Lake Louise Ride & Dine (including lunch) excursion
Lake Louise Ride & Dine (including lunch)

Enjoy the panoramic splendour of the majestic Canadian Rockies in a chair lift and thrill to the beauty of gleaming glaciers, alpine vistas, tranquil crystal lakes and really wild wildlife. After your aerial ride enjoy a buffet lunch. Available daily from Lake Louise 25 May-13 Oct 20.

From £35

Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour (inc lunch) excursion
Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour (inc lunch)

This 6½ hour tour visits the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies. Highlights, which vary according to the season, include Moraine Lake, the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Yoho National Park via the scenic Kicking Horse Pass, Takakkaw Falls, Johnston Canyon and Marble Canyon. Available daily from Lake Louise between 01 May-17 Oct 20.

From £129

Icefields Parkway Discovery Tour Lake Louise to Jasper (inc lunch) excursion
Icefields Parkway Discovery Tour Lake Louise to Jasper (inc lunch)

This one way excursion from Lake Louise to Jasper travels along the Icefields Parkway, where features of the ice age still exist. At the Columbia Icefield, venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Later, visit the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk. Available daily from Lake Louise between 01 May-12 Oct 20.

From £199