Explore summer in Lake Louise and make the most of the early glowing dawn, the warmth of midday, and the lingering dusk. To get up close with the iconic Lake Louise, you can rent a canoe from the Lake Louise Boathouse. It is also a memorable place to take your stand up paddleboard. The hiking in the Lake Louise area is some of the most scenic and spectacular in the world. Ranging from walks and easy hikes to multi-day backcountry epics, experiencing this jaw-dropping landscape by foot will be an unforgettable experience. You could walk around the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail to the Victoria Glacier, hike up to the famous Lake Agnes Teahouse, or be wowed by the glowing larches during the fall.
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.
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.
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.
EXPLORE THE HIDDEN GEMS OF LAKE LOUISE
These 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.
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.
SKI & SNOWBOARD
This place is bigger than your brain can comprehend. The mountains that surround you are so rugged, their jagged and twisted shapes towering into the sky. Glaciers plunge to the valley floor far below while the lakes and rivers at their base lie frozen and still. Terrain that is so astounding it feels surreal. As you make turn after turn, floating through the light, silky snow, a massive grin erupts on your face. The feelings of joy and exhilaration are something you’ll remember forever.
Banff & Lake Louise is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Three world class resorts, the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains, light and fluffy snow, and the most stunningly scenic backdrop you’ll ever experience all add up to a must-visit location for snow lovers.
The skiing and snowboarding in Banff & Lake Louise are uniquely accessible. All the resorts are short, easy drives from the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise and offer huge variety for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. You can buy lift tickets for the individual resorts, or try the SkiBig3 Tri-Area Lift Ticket which gives access to all three resorts.
For those who prefer to earn their turns, the backcountry touring is some of the best in North America, while heli skiing and snowboarding opens up a whole new world of terrain.
Ski and snowboard rentals are available for all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities.