Lake Louise Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 80%Family Travelers
- 75%Adventure Travelers
- 74%History Buffs
- 63%Business Travelers
- 63%Art & Design Lovers
- 57%Green Travelers
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- Lake LouiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. The lake has a surface area of 0.8 km2 and is drained through the 3 km long Louise Creek into the Mighty Bow River.
Fairmont's Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada's grand railway hotels, is located on Lake Louise's eastern shore. It is a luxury resort hotel built in the early decades of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The guest lounge (which is easy to get around the Tourist access restrictions) and its picture windows is my favourite place to admire the Lake.
I have been fortunate to have visited Lake Louise during all 4 Seasons. The Lake looked very different and more gorgeously interesting each time. My favourite experience was in the Winter and enjoying a walk on the Lake, while admiring the ice falls and the folks trying to scale them. Close behind was a Fall loop hike up to Lake Agnes, onwards on the Point of Six Glaciers trail, enjoying a respite at the 2 Tea Houses, and then back down to the Chateau for a celebratory drink. Summer unfortunately is more of a Tourist scrum, although I had fun counting all the different Nationalities that were visiting.
Traveller Tip - The Lake Louise Parking Lot is one of the Places that Parks Canada looks for evidence that you paid the entrance fee. That evidence is usually a receipt taped to your car window. Be ready, or be prepared to walk in from the Deer Lodge (or other points) if you plan on unfairly cheating the Canadian government.Recommended for:
- Lake LouiseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersBackpackers
I have both hiked here and ski'd here. I visited the tea house and had a wonderful cup of tea while enjoying picturesque views. There is hiking for most levels of abilities...my 60 year old mom and 4 kids made it to the teahouse and back:). The tea wasn't cheap but was worth it. My experience skiing was great; my last trip out was for my stag party...great runs, great snow, some fun terrain on the backside, and great company of course.
- Lake Louise
On a nice summer day Lake Louise is the perfect place to take some magnificent photos. If you are a keen hiker make sure you hike the Plain of Six Glaciers/Lake Agnes loop. Stop at the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house for lunch - a place where staff have to hike in and out with the food/rubbish and everything is cooked by propane stove as there is no electricity.
- Lake Louise
Ah, picture postcard perfect at Lake Louise. I stayed in the hikers' hostel here - comfy enough - then spent a few days hiking into and out from wonderful Skokie Lodge. Highly recommended - but watch out for the bears. Wear your bear bells. How do you tell grizzly scat? It's the one with the bells in it. (Just kidding). Beautiful country.
- Lake Louise
The lake itself is an unreal shade of turquoise. When you see pics of it, you think it must be photoshopped or maybe the photographer just happened to capture it in some ethereal light. But that's the way it always looks - and it's gorgeous. Most people walk around it, or look at it from a vantage point, but depending on when you plan to be there, you can rent a canoe and go out on the lake; which is a super cool way to view the passing scenery. The canoe rentals are available from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
- Lake LouiseMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersAdventure Travelers
Breathtaking views, phenomenal hikes for every difficulty level and a European feel (in a good way!) overall. Food is an issue so stock up before coming from Jasper or Banff or be willing to pay a lot for mediocre meals.
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