Lake Louise and Area

LAKE LOUISE

Filming Lake Louise
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Perhaps one of Canada’s most famous settings, Lake Louise seems to ooze the impossibly perfect Canadian mountain scene. Its waters are a milky turquoise in the summer and its frozen surface in winter provides the ultimate outdoor skating venue. No footage of Banff National Park is complete with iconic Lake Louise included. Each day, let alone each season, offers a new and unique look for cinema-photographers as the weather, surrounding glaciers and foliage continually change. A trail follows the shoreline around the right side of the lake to the base of the Victoria Glacier. Permission to film for commercial purposes is required by both Parks Canada and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise which occupies the northeast end of the lake.

THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE

Filming Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Australia’s Today Show recently broadcast live from the grounds of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This is amongst the most quintessentially Canadian of locations, whether you seek a backdrop for a large broadcast project or a small-budget documentary. Banff lake Louise Tourism is pleased to work with our partners at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Parks Canada to make the unique opportunity of filming at Lake Louise a reality. Contact us for additional information about filming in this special, protected landscape and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MORAINE LAKE

Filming Moraine Lake
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Moraine Lake lies in the Valley of the Ten Peaks offering a view so stunning and iconic that it once adorned the back of Canada’s twenty dollar bill. A convenient trail up the “rock pile” at the lake’s northern end permits cinematographers to capture the dramatic scene rather easily. The imposing surrounding peaks have often proved to be impediments to capturing a satellite signal, so live broadcast from this location is not typically possible. Nearby Moraine Lake Lodge provides all other amenities required for lengthier projects and power.

THE LODGE OF TEN PEAKS AT THE LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT

Filming Ten Peaks
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Expansive windows, hand skinned logs, vaulted ceilings & river rock fireplaces personify the Rocky Mountain atmosphere which can be found at here The Lodge of Ten Peaks at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Wraparound decks offer unparalleled views of the base area.

Built in 1997, the Lodge of Ten Peaks is crafted from logs taken right from the resort property. The impressive structure makes for a beautiful and quintessential Canadian backdrop for live broadcasts, as well as a fun setting of endless possibility for taped projects. With all the amenities any crew would need on site, this location has been used to great effect in several television shows.

TOP OF THE GRIZZLY GONDOLA AT THE LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT

Filming Grizly Gondola
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The Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the best places to see grizzly bears in the Canadian Rockies. These magnificent creatures are sighted almost daily from the resort’s sightseeing lift during the summer months. The top of the lift offers panoramic views of the valley and Lake Louise itself glistening under the colossal Victoria Glacier in the distance. A viewing platform makes for a perfect stage or base from which to capture the scene.

LAKE AGNES TEA HOUSE

Filming Lake Agnes
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The Lake Agnes Tea House was originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, as a refuge for hikers, and started serving tea in 1905. The log building was replaced in 1981 but still features the original windows, tables and chairs. Situated abovce Lake Louise at an altitude of 2,135 metres (7,005 feet), the tea house is located in a lovely hanging valley on the shores of Lake Agnes. After a forested 3.5 kilometre hike, with an elevation gain of 400 metres (1,300 feet), the valley opens to reveal spectacular Lake Agnes. Together with Mirror Lake and Lake Louise, these lakes are often referred to as the 'Lakes in the Clouds'. The setting is one of pure magnificence in the heart of Canada’s historic hiking capital. Equipment can be transported up to Lake Agnes by horses.

PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS TEAHOUSE

Filming Plain of Six Glaciers
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The hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House is one of Banff National Park's classic hikes. A 5.5 km hike from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will take you past some beautiful scenery, including waterfalls, towering rock faces and of course glaciers. Once you reach the tea house you’ll be at an elevation of 2,100 metres. The tea house is another historic landmark in a slightly remoter area of Banff National Park, offering a lovely, quiet setting for filmmakers. Equipment can be transported here by horses.

STORM MOUNTAIN LODGE

Filming Storm Mountain Lodge
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Storm Mountain Lodge was constructed in 1922 as one of eight Bungalow Camps built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Rocky Mountains. Storm Mountain Bungalow Camp originally consisted of a log lodge with a broad verandah, six log bungalows, a public bathhouse, and bathroom. Six years later another six log bungalows were added. The original lodge and bungalows are still enjoyed by guests today.