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A family hiking along the shoreline of Lake Louise in the summer
A family hiking along the Lake Louise lakeshore trail in the winter
Hiking

Walk the Lake Louise Lakeshore

As you reach the shores of Lake Louise, the sound of grey jays chirping and other adventurers exploring echoes across the lake and upwards towards the mountain peaks. Time seems to pause along the 2 km trail that twists through trees towards the wilderness at the end of the lake.

Where the vast expanse of the lake narrows and gives way to a subalpine forest, a waterfall towers overhead. Behind you, the Chateau Lake Louise nestled below mountain peaks beckons with its postcard-like views.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
When
Year Round

Plan Ahead

  • In the summer months, parking is usually full from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Take Roam Transit or reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle in advance.
  • Paid parking in effect from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm daily.

Location

Distance from Banff:
61km
Distance from Lake Louise:
4km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanOpen
FebOpen
MarOpen
AprOpen
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovOpen
DecOpen

Getting There

  • Roam Route 8X: Daily service operating year round.

More Information

  • Difficulty: Easy

    Length: 2 km one way

    Elevation gain: Minimal

    Hiking time: 1 hour round trip

    Trailhead: Upper Lake Louise Parking Area

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