From the vivid turquoise waters to the soaring peaks encircling the lake, Lake Louise is a stunning mountain setting. Fellow adventurers soak in the views from the shore, and bright red canoes float on the glacial waters. It’s hard to resist dipping a hand into the water just to see if it’s actually real.
Several hikes take off from the lakefront. Begin with the lakeshore trail along the water, pausing to take in a tall waterfall and fearless rock climbers. Glacial creeks converge at the far end of the lake, and every shade of blue imaginable melds together just beyond the shoreline.
In the colder months, Lake Louise turns into a magical frozen wonderland. Find cross country-skiers gliding across the lake, ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls and a horse drawn sleigh following the snow-covered shoreline. To top it off an outdoor skating rink welcomes skaters of all abilities with unmatched scenic views and a sparking ice castle.
Good To Know
- < 1hr or 1-3 hrs
- Year round
- Parking is usually full from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm in the summer months. 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 from May to October.
- Distance from Banff:
- Distance from Lake Louise:
When to go
Everyday, June - October
Follow the lakeshore trail to the back of the lake to escape the crowds and discover a hidden waterfall.
In the winter months, visit the lake in the evening and enjoy skating under the stars. The rink is lit nightly.
Book a shuttle in advance or use public transit to access the lake as parking is extremely limited.
If you plan to hike, be sure to check the up-to-date trail conditions (and seasonal restrictions) using the Parks Canada Trail Report.
Roam Route 8X: Daily service operating year round.
Roam Route 8S: Daily service operating May - September.
Parks Canada Shuttles: Daily service operating May - October.