Welcome to Lake Louise
Lake Louise is what makes Banff National Park the phenomenon it is, an awe-inspiring natural feature that is impossible to describe without resorting to shameless clichés. Standing next to the serene, implausibly turquoise lake, the natural world feels (and is) tantalizingly close, with a surrounding amphitheater of finely chiseled mountains that hoist Victoria Glacier up for all to see. Famous for its teahouses,... Read More
Top experiences in Lake Louise
Lake Louise activities
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Banff
The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. The Icefields Parkway runs from Banff National Park into Jasper National Park and is one of the most scenic drives in Canada. Visit Lake Louise, the icon of the Canadian Rockies, before your spectacular journey along the Icefields Parkway. At Lake Louise stand on its emerald green shores with a picture perfect view of the Victoria Glacier. With photographic stops at Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake, you head towards the impressive view at the Big Hill. On this guided tour learn about the unique ecosystem and the creation of the glaciers you experience on your way to the Columbia Icefield. After your ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer, there is time to visit the Glacier Gallery, restaurant or gift shop at the Icefields Centre. Return to Banff in the late afternoon This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.
Columbia Icefield Tour including the Glacier Skywalk from Calgary
From Calgary, you'll travel the Trans Canada Highway across the prairie, through rolling foothills and into the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park. Take a morning stroll on the shore of Lake Louise where Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier create a stunning backdrop. Visit Lake Louise, the icon of the Canadian Rockies, before your spectacular journey along the Icefields Parkway. At Lake Louise stroll along its emerald green shores with a picture-perfect view of the Victoria Glacier. With photographic stops at Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake, you head towards the impressive view at the Big Hill. Then embark on one of the most scenic drives in Canada, the Icefield Parkway. Ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer and delight in the excursion on the Athabascar Glacier. Step out onto the glacier and stand on the ancient ice! On your scenic return trip, a stop in Banff provides time to dine and explore this historic mountain town before departing for Calgary in the evening. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
On this afternoon sightseeing tour, you'll visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies", Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake. Learn about the mountaineering history and how a tragic accident at Lake Louise shaped Canadian mountain culture. Finally, walk to a viewpoint in the Valley of Ten Peaks overlooking Moraine Lake and capture fantastic photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Please Note: Early season road closures will limit access to Moraine Lake (until late May). Inquire at time of booking to learn the alternate stops and locations being used. Tour Highlights: Bow Valley Parkway Castle Mountain Lake Louise Chateau Lake Louise Moraine Lake This tour is seasonal and only operates from April through to November.
Banff National Park Guided Hike with Lunch
Your full-day hiking tour begins with a convenient pickup. Meet your guide, double-knot your laces and set off into the wilderness with your optional hiking poles in tow. Learn fascinating interpretive facts about the area along the way and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch (see Itinerary section below for menu). At the end of your hike, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel. Hiking ScheduleSunday - Kootenay National Park TrailsTravel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Numa Falls, Paint Pots, and Fireweed Loops. Enjoy connecting with nature with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers!Return Distance: 4.5 miles (8km)Elevation Gain: 492 feet (150 meters) Monday and Saturday - Larch ValleyBeginning from the Valley of Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, this scenic trail is not for the faint of heart, as there are sometimes bears in the area. But the brave are rewarded with unforgettable views on the ascent through the Larch Forest, to Sentinel Pass. Adventurous nature lovers will like this moderate 5-hour climb. Return Distance: 5.6 miles (9 km) Elevation: 1,500 feet (465 meters) Tuesday and Thursday - Stanley GlacierThis trail takes you through the regrowth of the tragic 1960s and 2003 fires, so you can see new life emerging in this once blackened forest. See stunning views of Stanley Glacier sliding down the side of Mt Stanley as well as Peyto Lake. This is a great hike for those seeking a relatively easy 4-hour stroll through beautiful scenery. Return Distance: 5.25 miles (8.4 km) Elevation: 1,285 feet (395 meters) Wednesday and Friday - Plain of Six GlaciersBegin on the shores of picturesque Lake Louise, then rise up a mountain for breathtaking views of the emerald lake from above and surrounding valleys and peaks, and in the distance, Peyto Lake. Stop at the teahouse for cakes and tea (own expense). People wanting a challenge with rewarding views will dig this moderate 4-hour hike. Return Distance: 6.6 miles (10.6 km) Elevation: 1,110 feet (340 meters) Please Note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June through to September. Early and late season itinerary changes may apply during the month of June. During early season (June), tour does not offer pickups or drop-offs in Lake Louise. July 1st onwards, pickups and drop-offs are available in Lake Louise on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
4-Day Bicycle Tour through Canadian Rockies
Depart from either Jasper or Edmonton. The local tour operator will provide a pickup from Edmonton International Airport, and a transport to any local hotel accommodation (included). Bike rentals, if needed, are also available for an additional extra.If arriving in Jasper instead of Edmonton, the tour operator will have one night's accommodation booked. Meet the next day around noon to start the tour. Day 1: Transfer to Jasper in a Mercedes van, Icefields Parkway to Sunwapta Falls – Total Distance: 56 kilometers (35 miles). There will be a pickup from a local accommodation at 8am for a transfer to Jasper. After a quick review of the route and some bike safety tips, set off out of town and onto the beautiful Icefields Parkway. There will be one rest stop at the spectacular Athabasca Falls. Then continue on to the accommodations at the Sunwapta Falls Hotel. A delicious 3-course meal will be served in the on-site restaurant. Day 2: Sunwapta Falls to Saskatchewan River Crossing – Total Distance: 98 kilometers (62 miles) Climb past Tangle Falls towards a lunch stop in the shadow of the great Columbia Icefields. After a nutritious meal, a well-deserved break, and a bit more climbing, a rewarding, 15-kilometer downhill section awaits. Sweep down towards the valley floor again and onto the impressive cliffs and waterfalls of the Weeping Wall. Enjoy a cold drink under Mt. Wilson at the Crossing Resort.Day 3: Bow Pass to Lake Louise – Total Distance: 85 kilometers (53 miles)Climb out of the valley in the shadow of Mount Murchison. Shortly after, the terrain levels off again. Cruise towards Bow Pass where the final challenge of the tour awaits. The reward will be witnessing a panoramic view of Peyto Lake like no other. In the distance, the valley that has been ridden over the past couple days can be seen in all its glory, surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see. Descend to the shores of Bow Lake for a well-deserved lunch break before rolling downhill to Lake Louise.Day 4: Final ride into Banff / Canmore – Total Distance: 60 to 85 kilometers (37 to 53 miles)Pedal the final 60 kilometers on gently rolling hills and flats towards Banff on the Bow Valley Parkway. Take a rest break under Castle Mountain before joining a bike path that leads into the town of Banff. Afterwards, enjoy a group lunch (own expense) to celebrate this fantastic achievement of riding a bike through Canada’s Rockies. Transfers are then provided to Calgary or Edmonton.
National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Westbound
The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip – a sprawling, nature-rich mini-epic that melds some of Canada’s best national parks with time on the mist-shrouded shores of Vancouver Island. Find yourself face-to-face with moose, deer and maybe even a bear on this trip loaded with diverse experiences – whale-watching, glacier hikes, hot springs, and much, much more – and bookend nights in Calgary and Vancouver, you’ll stuff a lifetime’s worth of adventure into the space of a mere two weeks.