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Lake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of Banff National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Châteaux Lake Louise, and a conference wing on the 'inland' side of the hotel.

There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain.

The lake, a major tourist attraction, can be crowded during the day as multiple coach tour groups arrive. 

  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road (near Sampson Mall Lake Louise), ☎ +1 403-522-3833, fax: +1 403-522-1212, e-mail: mailto:ll.info@pc.gc.ca. Winter (January 1 to April 29) 9 AM-4 PM; Spring (April 30 to June 21) 9 AM-5 PM; Summer (June 22 to Sept 8) 9 AM-8... Read more

Lake Louise, Canada

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Lake Louise is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of Banff National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Châteaux Lake Louise, and a conference wing on the 'inland' side of the hotel.

There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain.

The lake, a major tourist attraction, can be crowded during the day as multiple coach tour groups arrive. 

  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road (near Sampson Mall Lake Louise), ☎ +1 403-522-3833, fax: +1 403-522-1212, e-mail: mailto:ll.info@pc.gc.ca. Winter (January 1 to April 29) 9 AM-4 PM; Spring (April 30 to June 21) 9 AM-5 PM; Summer (June 22 to Sept 8) 9 AM-8 PM; Fall (Sept 9 to Sept 15) 9 AM-7 PM; Fall (Sept 16 to Sept 22) 9 AM-5 PM; Winter (Sept 23 to April 30, 2008) 9 AM-4 PM. Closed Dec. 25.

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Lake Louise, Canada: Port Information


Cruise passengers can visit Lake Louis on a cruise tour. 

Get around Lake Louise, Canada


National Car Rental is located in the village of Lake Louise and there is a Hertz location in the Fairmont Lake Louise hotel. Otherwise, the tour buses are an option.
Usually, cruise tourists visit the lake on a tour.

What to see in Lake Louise, Canada


The main attractions at Lake Louise are the vibrantly colored glacial lakes and Victoria Glacier at the head of Lake Louise. Other lakes to stop and explore in the area (all within Banff National Park) are Moraine Lake, Bow Lake, and Peyto Lake.

  • Lake Louise. A spectacular example of a glacial lake. 

What to do in Lake Louise, Canada


As a ski-resort and wilderness area, tourist activity varies according to the season. The primary form of spring and summer recreation in the area is walking around the lake on the lakeside path, hiking on mountain trails leading from the lake, and admiring the scenery. During the summer, canoes can be rented and fishing is a popular activity. The ski resort turns into an interpretive center in the summer months and gives visitors a beautiful view of Lake Louise from the top of the Gondola.

Winter

  • Lake Louise Ski Resort, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise (45 minutes from Banff), ☎ +1 403-522-3555, toll-free: +1-877-956-8473, e-mail: info@skilouise.com. Lake Louise hosts men's and women's World Cup ski events every November, making it the best-known ski area in Banff National Park. As such, it is also the busiest and most touristy. It is located close to the Lake Louise townsite. The scenery is fantastic, as is the terrain when there is fresh snow. Snowshoe tours and Sunny Tube park (next to the magic carpet) for those who don't ski or board. Excellent all you can eat buffet breakfast served in the Whiskey Jack Lodge. If you're on the Club Snowboard/Ski program get the early bus! 
  • Kingmic Dogsled Tours, ☎ +1 877-919-7779. is the oldest dog sled tour company in the west, and goes along the Continental Divide
  • Ice skate. on the lake, rental skates are available within The Fairmont Château Lake Louise and down in the village at Wilson Mountain Sports
  • Sleigh Rides (Brewster Lake Louise Stables). leave from in front of The Château Lake Louise
  • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter walking trails are abundant, rentals are available at the same places as the ice skates and Parks Canada will be more than happy to give you trail info or guided tours do leave from The Fairmont Château Lake Louise.

Summer

  • Gondola, 1 Whitehorn Road (at the Lake Louise Ski Area). Lake Louise Mountain Resort runs one of the chairlifts with gondolas in the summer up to an interpretive center giving you a great spot to take breathtaking photos and learn about the local wildlife.
  • Canoe. rentals are available on Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
  • Guided Hikes are available through The Fairmont Château Lake Louise or you can also check out Great Divide Nature Interpretation
  • There is some great rock climbing in the area if interested.
  • Horseback riding, there are two companies which offer trail rides and pack trips in Lake Louise. Brewster Adventures and Timberline Tours

What to eat and drink in Lake Louise, Canada


Eat

Most of the restaurants are located within the hotels in the hamlet of Lake Louise. Dining at the Post Hotel is simply amazing. 

There are a couple of restaurants located at Samson Mall, also the Station Restaurant which was converted from the heritage-listed train station and another at a gas station. There are also a few restaurants located just outside of Lake Louise at the various other hotels just off the beaten path. Bill Peyto's Cafe in the hostel serves good basic food.

  • Lake Louise Railway Station & Restaurant, 200 Sentinel Road, ☎ +1 403-522-2600. Interesting building and a few exhibits for rail enthusiasts. Reasonable food but the number of tables exceeds the kitchen capacity, so expect a long wait at peak times.
  • Bill Peyto's Cafe, 203 Village Road (In the hostel, not easy to see from the road.). Excellent food (burgers, chili, salads) at a reasonable price.
  • Whitehorn Bistro (A short walk downhill from the top of the chairlift). Very good food, if a little pricey, with a patio at 2042 meters providing probably one of the best views from a restaurant you will ever see. Be aware can be cold outside even in June.

Drink

For a drink, most hotels in the hamlet of Lake Louise do have a bar or pub.

Shopping in Lake Louise, Canada


There isn't a lot of shopping in Lake Louise. There are some stores at The Fairmont Château Lake Louise as well as in the hamlet at Samson Mall.

There are two gas stations in the village providing fuel and basic supplies.
You can rent sporting equipment at Wilson Mountain Sports.

Safety in Lake Louise, Canada


Although cougar and bear attacks may get sensationalized in the media, statistically the greatest threat for injury or death in the park is driving through it. If you are unfamiliar with driving in winter conditions it is highly recommended you either find other transportation or visit in the summer. If venturing in the backcountry you must also be aware of avalanche danger. This also applies to skiing out of bounds, in three words: Don't do it.

Elk, moose, and deer are unpredictable and potentially dangerous, especially females with young (May and June) and males during the mating season (September through November). Remember, stay at least 30 metres (3 bus-lengths) away from any elk, moose or deer.

Elk in some areas of the park are accustomed to the presence of people and automobiles. Do not think you can photograph a bull elk (i.e. one with antlers) from close-up by driving slowly past it while you shoot. Especially during mating season, bull elk will attack an automobile without warning, and can cause serious damage.

Wolves and coyotes are often seen on trails and along roads. Cougars are elusive and rarely seen, but they do live here. The chance of being approached by these carnivores is unlikely, but if you are approached, send a clear message that you are not prey.
  • Pick up small children immediately.
  • Try to appear bigger, by holding your arms or an object over your head.
  • Face the animal and retreat slowly. Do not run or play dead.
  • Maintain steady eye contact with the animal.
  • If the animal continues to approach, deter an attack by yelling, waving a stick or throwing rocks.
  • If you are attacked, fight back. Hit the animal with a heavy stick or rock.

Rules to follow for your safety and theirs:
  • Give all the wild animals you see the respect they deserve and the space they need.
  • Use your binoculars to see animals up close, and use telephoto for your photos.
  • Remain at least 100 metres (10 bus lengths) away from bears, cougars, and wolves.
  • Keep back at least 30 metres (3 bus lengths) from elk, moose, and deer. Bighorn * sheep are especially tolerant of our presence, but you should still give them at least 10 metres of space.
  • When viewing roadside wildlife remain in your vehicle and move on after a few seconds.
  • Learn more and educate yourself from a reliable source

Ask park staff about wildlife safety, and how you can keep wildlife wild– and alive, or read Parks Canada wildlife publications available at information centers or on the Parks Canada website.

Emergency contacts

  • Ambulance/Police/Fire: 911.
  • Park Wardens - 24 hours: 403-762-4506.
  • Banff Mineral Springs Hospital: 403-762-2222.
  • Lake Louise Medical Clinic: 403-522-2184.

Language spoken in Lake Louise, Canada


English and French are the official languages.

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