Activities in Lake Louise
Lake Louise has long been a mecca for adventures. From sleigh rides, to dog sledding, paddling, hiking and more, there is something here for every level of adventurer. Visit our Winter in Lake Louise and Summer in Lake Louise pages for more on seasonal activities.
STAYING IN LAKE LOUISE
With endless adventures in every direction, making Lake Louise your basecamp is a great way to explore Banff National Park. Those looking to wake up with a lakeside view will love the luxury of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Seconds away from the lake is Deer Lodge - a historic lodge with many amenities, including a rooftop jacuzzi. If you’re looking for a cozy Lake Louise getaway, check out Paradise Bungalows - a family-owned operation that offers individual cabins for the full romantic mountain experience. The hamlet of Lake Louise also offers several accommodation options, including The Mountaineer Lodge and Lake Louise Inn. Baker Creek Mountain Resort is located just outside Lake Louise and offers a serene cabin-style accommodation.
DINING IN LAKE LOUISE
Lake Louise is also home to some incredible restaurants - many of which practice a farm-to-table ethos, bringing together the best of Alberta meats, to pair with the incredible nearby growing regions in British Columbia. Sample authentic game meats at Deer Lodge, pair an incredible view with a beautiful Okanagan wine at The Fairview Dining Room or ride a gondola to indulge in cuisine at The Whitehorn Bistro. Other must-visit places include The Station Restaurant, Laggan’s Mountain Bakery, The Lakeview Lounge, Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and The Lake Agnes Tea House.
Lake Louise Shuttles, Transit & Tours
Lake Louise is highly popular throughout the peak summer season, with parking lots filling up early each day. If you are planning to visit Lake Louise from June to October, the best way is to reserve a Parks Canada shuttle or a seat on Roam Transit ahead of time. Learn more about shuttle and transit options to Lake Louise.
For an enhanced experience, book a guided tour to Lake Louise and other jaw dropping locations in Banff National Park. With multiple tour companies offering unique experiences, you have no shortage of options to choose from. Brewster Sightseeing, Discover Banff Tours, HopOnBanff, Mountain Park Transportation, Radventures, White Mountain Adventures and WowBanff all offer tours that include a stop at Lake Louise.
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, sporting goods store, and visitor information centre. Lake Louise also offers a variety of restaurant and 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.