During the winter, Lake Louise transforms into a magical playground. Brilliant blue skies contrast with the sparkling white peaks, the air is the crispest you’ve ever breathed, and there is a wealth of winter activities to enjoy.
Try ice skating on Lake Louise, justifiably labelled one of the most beautiful outdoor rinks in the world. Or have a go at snowshoeing - it is very easy to learn and a special feeling to walk through the stillness and quiet of snow-covered woods. Travel the Great Divide with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours and your very own team of furry friends.
The world-class Lake Louise Ski Resort offers 1699 hectares (4200 acres) of skiable terrain and is particularly good for families. The resort is walking distance from the hamlet of Lake Louise. If you’d rather cross-country ski, the Lake Louise area has an extensive system of groomed trails ranging from novice to advanced. Rentals, lessons and guided tours are available.
More leisurely wintertime activities include sleigh rides, sitting by the fire and enjoying a hot drink in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or taking advantage of the crystal clear night skies with some star-gazing. Visit during the annual Ice Magic Festival in January, when ice carving artists from around the world meet at Lake Louise and create incredible ice sculptures in a spectacular setting.