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Lake Louise

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Lake Louise

You have seen photos of the lake but they haven’t prepared you for how it feels to experience it yourself. Rounding the corner, the sight of the emerald green water and rugged peaks and glaciers hits you viscerally. You’ve never seen anything so dramatically beautiful. Late in the day, with the glowing sun dropping behind Mount Victoria, it is quiet and still. As you wander around the lakeside path it seems like the whole scene is for just you to enjoy. It is a feeling you will remember forever. 

Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel, and incredible hiking and skiing. Surrounded by a lifetime’s worth of jaw-dropping sights and adventures, Lake Louise is a rare place that must be experienced to be believed.

You couldn’t ask for more natural beauty every time you open your eyes.– Jade Anna Hughes of From the Inside blog

The vibrant waters of Lake Louise are 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the hamlet of Lake Louise. Named for Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Lake Louise is a truly awe-inspiring sight. The hanging Victoria Glacier and an amphitheatre of rugged peaks provide an imposing backdrop to the lake, which is about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) long and 90 metres (295 feet) deep. 

During the summer the lake is an intense shade of turquoise, the result of light refracting off the “rock flour” (glacier silt) deposited in the lake by glacier run off. The colour of the lake is most vibrant in July and August when the flow of the melt water is at its highest. At an elevation of 1750 metres (5740 feet), Lake Louise normally thaws in June.

Locals' tip: during the summer, visit Lake Louise before 9am or after 7pm to soak up the beauty without the crowds.

The Hamlet of Lake Louise

The hamlet of Lake Louise is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). It has a small shopping centre, with a grocery store, bakery, deli, bar and sporting goods store, visitor information centres, restaurants, and a range of accommodation options. Smaller and quieter than the town of Banff, you really feel immersed in the mountains and nature when you spend time in Lake Louise. It is the perfect base for outdoor adventuring, including water activities, ice skating, skiing, hiking and sightseeing. 

  • Summer in Lake Louise

    A hiking and sightseeing paradise, Lake Louise is the perfect place for an uplifting summer vacation.

    Surrounded by endless adventures and sights to see, in Lake Louise you feel truly immersed in nature. Paddle through the iridescent lakes, climb mountains, or just lie back in the grass and enjoy the sunshine and pure mountain air. 

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  • Winter in Lake Louise

    Explore the winter wonderland of Lake Louise. You’ll feel like you’re in your very own fairy tale full of ice castles, scenic skating rinks, and cosy fires. 

    There is a huge range of activities to enjoy during the winter: active outdoor pursuits such as skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, and ice skating; events such as the spectacular Ice Magic Festival; and more intimate experiences, such as sleigh rides and warm cocoa in front of the fire. 

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Explore the Hidden Gems of Lake Louise

These 17 magnificent experiences are spread around the Lake Louise area like ripples in its emerald waters. These are the places and experiences locals love, so we’re sure you’ll love them too. Step off the beaten track and dive deeper into the hidden gems of the Lake Louise area.

 

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