Lake Louise Travel Guide

  • Lake Louise
    Lake Louise
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  • Lake Louis
    Lake Louis
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  • Lake Louis
    Lake Louis
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Lake Louise Things to Do

  • Lake Louise./Fairmont Chateau

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lake Louise is a glacial lake situated in Banff National Park. The lake is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939) who was related to Queen Victoria and the wife of Canada's Govenor General, Marquee of Lorne (Reigned from 1878-1883). It's renowned for its emerald and turqoise colours with which comes the glaciers behind the lake....

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  • Hiking /Trails/horseback trails

    This is classified as a moderate hike. The trail itself takes about 5 hours round trip, but I remember that i combined it with other trails so it took a bit longer. Though not terribly difficult in terms of altitude gain or rocks, the scenery was magnificent. At the end you get to the teahouse. I remember I bought a tshirt there, it took a fair...

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  • Lake Agnes

    This picture is lake Agnes from the top of Big Beehive.. you can see the slope that you have to hike to get there...and in fact i wanted to doit but it was impossible... the steep trail was totally frozen.. there wasnt footprints on the trail, even mines .. i tried for 5 or 6 meters and it was unaffordable.. so risky and i had to make grand efforts...

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  • Mountains /Glaciers

    Sunshine Village has the most trails in the Banff/Lake Louise area. About a 40 miunte drive from Lake Louise and a 20 minute drive from Banff. I skiied here two days, enough trails for everybody with varying skills. Terrain 22% Beginner 31% Intermediate 42% Advanced 5% Expert Those that are daring, can ride the chair lift to the top, hike...

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  • Lake Louise- Plain of Six Glaciers

    This is classified as a moderate hike. The trail itself takes about 5 hours round trip, but I remember that i combined it with other trails so it took a bit longer. Though not terribly difficult in terms of altitude gain or rocks, the scenery was magnificent. At the end you get to the teahouse. I remember I bought a tshirt there, it took a fair...

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  • Hiking near Lake Louise-Lakeshore for...

    All of Banff National Park has magnificent scenery and lots of places to hike. I found the trails to be very clean, well maintained and well marked. Around Lake Louise there are a lot of paths, you can mix and match trails, hopping off one onto another, quite a bit. If, like me, you came out here to enjoy nature and do some hiking, you will be very...

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Lake Louise Hotels

Lake Louise Restaurants

  • Cafeteria in Chateau Lake Louise

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The first thing to mention is the view. Try to have breakfast here at sunrise. It is a spetacular scene to see the sun hit the mountains out the window of this restaurant. You will not be disappointed. If you are staying here they will ask for your room number and name and everyone will call you by name. Makes you feel at home. If you can get a the...

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  • Laggan's

    There are lineups at this place from opening to closing and a constant feeling of controlled chaos. Laggan's is where everyone goes; from locals to the loads of tourists coming off the bus. Whoever goes here has to agree -- for a quick sandwich or treat Laggan's is the place. It seems like it's always busy here; however, the counter is set up in a...

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  • Food For Travellers On The Go

    We were looking for a place for lunch after visiting Lake Louise and on our way to Moraine Lake. We found the Samson Mall a few km after leaving LL and decided to stop for lunch. There were a number of restaurants and cafes open but we chose Laggans as it had a great choice, the food looked good and there were plenty of tables. This bakery is very...

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Lake Louise Nightlife

  • Lake Louise Nightlife?

    There really isn't much nightlife in Lake Louise. The hostel has a nice restaurant and lounge where you can watch the hockey games (and everyone in town will be there too, trust me)the other hotel right next to the hostel property was supposed to have a night club, but i didn't go in.Bottom line is,,,,if you're staying in Lake Louise don't plan on...

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  • FANCY A BIT OF SNOWSHOEING?

    No i havent gone mad, spend part of the evening going on a snowshoe tour into the forest led by one of the chateau's interpretive guides, he will take you into the forest by torchlight-gives adifferent edge to your snowshoeing!Too strenuous, how about some stargazing, the astronomer/guide will show you maps of the different constellations , and...

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Lake Louise Transportation

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    by adventerrtravel22 Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    The best airfare I found getting from where I live to Calgary airport is with AirCanada. The exchange rate might have something to do with it. Another added advantage is that they have the most flights going there and you have more choices as to the time of Arrival/Departure.

    Flying from Newark airport to Toronto via the Canadian Royal Jet (picture at left). Then connecting to an Airbus 310 from Toronto to Calgary.

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Lake Louise Shopping

  • A memorable t-shirt

    The little teahouse at the end of the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. It is a 5 hour roundtrip trail, not terribly difficult really, but very scenic. Like most travellers I have tshirts from a lot of the places I visit. This one is a bit different given that its only sold here and one has to do some good hiking to be able to get there. Maybe since you...

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  • Samson Mall

    Yes, even shopping addicts can get a fix at Lake Louise.The Samson Mall is curiously owned by the Samson Indian Band in of all places, Ontario. They must be raking in the big bucks, as this place is fantastically busy in the summer. Don't even think about trying to get there in the afternoon, as the parking lot will most likely be full. One time we...

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  • Lake Louise Village

    This is the local centre, not large but has all that you need, a few restaurants, bakery, grocery store, etc etc. Plenty of parking and a petrol station.

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Lake Louise Local Customs

  • Protect the environment

    Please remember not to litter in the Park. It is immacualte for a reason. The Canadians in the area sacrifice lots to keep everything pristine so that people like us can enjoy it. They are very concerned about the Park and will not allow builders to take over the area. It is rare that you see a house, mostly cabins for rent or Hotels.Be aware of...

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  • Cutthroat Trout

    Here we celebrate the remarkable life in freshwater ecosystems of Banff National Park. At one time, park lakes and streams were stocked with non native fish. This disrupted the balance of life forms in the aquatic ecosystem and diminished the population of native fish, including the cutthroat trout.By protecting the cutthroat trout we have learned...

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  • Wolves

    The sensitive relationship between people and wildlife is apparent in the story of the wolf and the Rocky Mountains. Historically, wolves were viewed as both a threat and a commodity and were poisoned and hunted. Once common, they were almost gone from the Bow River Valley by the 1950’sOver time, our approaches to wildlife and our perceptions of...

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Lake Louise Warnings and Dangers

  • Wildlife

    Check with the Parks Office in the village about any outstanding warnings.As a general rule make sure to always stay on/near the marked trails. I know, taking that one magical photo could be the experience of a lifetime, sure, but im sure that wondering far off the trail and encountering a mama bear might prove rather more memorable. Don't discard...

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  • Park Service Warnings

    Parks Canada will issue warnings and closures to trails and sections of the park (where necessary) in response to weather conditions, wildlife warnings and other issues.You will want to stop by the Visitor Centre in Lake Louise where you can get the most recent updates and discuss alternatives if needed. Generally I found Parks Canada to be very...

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  • Speed Kills

    Please, please heed the warnings on the highway near the Lake Louise area, and take care when you drive. Does it really matter if you're a little late?Take note that it is 70 km per hour in the vicinity. This is due to the recent increase in human fatalities as well as many grizzly bear deaths.There have been some horrific traffic accidents in the...

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Lake Louise What to Pack

  • Bring Some Warm Clothing

    The breeze off the lake or an early morning visit can be quite chilly, even if it is smack dab in the middle of summer. I highly recommend that you have a warm jacket or windbreaker and pants handy so you can do a quick change if you feel chilly Bring toilet paper -- the public toilets at Lake Louise are very heavily used and if you pack some...

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  • TAKE YOUR THERMALS!

    any type of luggage is acceptable- butleave plenty of space to bring back the goodies that you have bought whilst in canada. The exchange rate makes lake louise very good value for money. If you are going to lake louise in the winter, you could be facing temperatures up to -30c with windchill, so suitable clothing is a necessity. Layers of...

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Lake Louise Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking

    The hike up to Lake Agnes from lake louise is quite a pleasant one in the summer ,at the top of the trail is a tea house where you can reward your efforts striding up the hill with tea and cakes whilst looking at the splendid view. In the winter the views are just as, if not moreso spectacular but the hike up is a lot harder in the deep snow, and...

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  • Sunshine Meadows

    This place is certainly not "off the beaten path" in the winter, otherwise known as Sunshine Ski Resort. However, what many people don't know is that there is a whole world to discover here during the summer. This is the largest alpine meadow in the world stretching some 15 km along the Continental Divide, at 2225m.Normally, at this altitude, there...

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  • Morans Curve

    Nice area not too far from Louise, great for day hikes. Don't go too far in Winter, it get's very dark and cold very quickly.Make sure to take the 1A (old) highway. Not Highway #1.

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Lake Louise Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking Near Lake Louise (con'td)

    ~Iceline~(elevation gain 690m or 2265 feet)Round trip: 12.8 km (Iceline highpoint)Rating: ModerateThis trail climbs quite steeply to a rocky ampitheatre below Emerald Glacier, which is a spectacular highpoint. Most people end their hike here, or you can carry onto the 21 km loop. It is quite a slog uphill, but once you reach the glacier, it's the...

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  • Hiking Near Lake Louise

    Lake Louise is a perfect location to enjoy hiking in the Rockies due to it's close proximity to Yoho, Kootenay, and Jasper National Parks. Here are some great hikes to enjoy:~Saddleback/Fairview~(elevation gain 1014m or 3328 feet to the summit of Fairview Mountain) Rating: Moderate to Challenging10.6 km return Ifyou can only do one hike in Banff...

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  • Ski Louise

    Arguably the best skiing in Canada (the main competition being Whistler-Blackcombe BC) Lake Louise Ski Resort is located across the highway from Lake Louise Village. Most locals and Calgarians just refer to it as "Louise".Many of the hotels in the area have transportation to the hill so you don't have to worry about lugging your equipment. Skiing...

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Lake Louise Favorites

  • Lake Louise/Fairmont Chateau

    Take TransCanada Highway 1 West (also signed as 16th Avenue North heading West) After approximately 1 hour, you will reach the Banff National Park gates where you will be required to pay an entry fee. In Banff National Park, follow the signs for the hamlet of Lake Louise. Take the Lake Louise exit, then turn left at the intersection. ...

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  • It's a Beautiful Day in the...

    Don't forget other beautiful places in the vicinity of Lake Louise. If you can swing it, Lake Louise is an ideal place to stay if you are into hiking or just want to take in the gorgeous scenery.Yoho National Park ~ Yoho National Park is a mere 15 minutes west from Lake Louise and is my favorite National Park. It has huge scenery and is the...

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  • Driving Directions from Calgary...

    Take TransCanada Highway 1 West (also signed as 16th Avenue North heading West) After approximately 1 hour, you will reach the Banff National Park gates where you will be required to pay an entry fee. In Banff National Park, follow the signs for the hamlet of Lake Louise. Take the Lake Louise exit, then turn left at the intersection. Proceed...

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