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All of the glacial lakes of Canada’s Rocky Mountains are stunning, but there is something about Lake Louise that makes it look too good to be true. Yet, this hamlet is very real and even though it feels like it’s a world away from Calgary, it’s not hard to reach. Finding a diamond like this deep in the vast wilderness of Banff National Park certainly adds to the lake’s appeal.
The village of Lake Louise, 5 kilometres (3 miles) downhill from the lake, has shops, gear rental stores, restaurants and a range of accommodation options. The stately hotel Chateau Lake Louise is part of the elevated Lake Louise Mountain Resort at the lake’s edge, providing a scenic place to eat, rest or soak in the spa.
Lake Louise is a popular tourist destination during both the ski season and summer months and offers plenty of exciting, or relaxing, activities year-round.
In summer, put your feet up in the resort or camp out in the wilderness. If you like hiking or horse riding, join a guided tour to traverse the trails around the lake, until you reach the point where you can overlook Peyto Lake with its beautiful turquoise-colored water. Another trail leads to Mirror Lake. Canoeing is the best way to explore the lakes, because the water is too cold for swimming.
By winter Lake Louise is in full swing again as it shifts to accommodate the flocks of wintersports fanatics. Lake Louise is home to some of Canada’s best powdery slopes. The town’s luxury ski resorts offer gear rental and direct shuttles to the mountains.
Reach Lake Louise, in the province of Alberta, by driving along the Trans-Canada Highway northwest from Banff, a 57-kilometre (35-mile) journey. Buses from Calgary, which has an international airport, take just over two hours to get to Lake Louise, but the best way to see the area is by car. The next town up, Jasper, is more than three hours away along the Icefields Parkway, a very scenic journey.
Situated in the Village of Lake Louise, this inn is within 4 km (less than 3 mi) from Lake Louise, skiing, hiking, and Samson Mall.
Situated on a lake, this romantic lodge is 0 mi (0 km) from Moraine Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. Lake Louise Gondola is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) away.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Lake Louise hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and Herbert Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this scenic Alberta lodge is a 7-minute walk from Lake Louise, 12 miles from Yoho National Park, and 65 km (40 mi.) from Mount Norquay Ski Resort.
Surrounded by the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, this mountain resort in Banff National Park on the shores of Lake Louise is a popular destination for hiking, canoeing, and skiing.
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Lake Louise Gondola. Herbert Lake and Moraine Lake are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Louise Gondola, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. Moraine Lake and Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in a national park, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Emerald Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint and Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint. Wapta Falls Trailhead and Lake O'Hara are also within 25 mi (40 km).