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.



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Essential facts about Lake Louise
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Currency

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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.

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