Loving Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a magical place that should most definitely be included on your Banff vacation. Located a gorgeous 45-minute drive west of Banff through the wildlife corridor and surrounded on all sides by the towering and majestic Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is an genuine delight. The emerald lake is an energetic power spot and a truly magnificent experience to behold for all levels of the senses.

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photo: Paul Zizka

The scenery is astounding at any time of year: snow-covered with the frozen lake in the winter or flowers vibrant and grey peaks shining in the summer. While lakes are known for fishing and boating for many Canadians, at Lake Louise it’s more about hiking & canoeing in the summer and downhill / cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. In fact it’s known as the hiking capital of the Canadian Rockies due to its abundance of amazing trails. Saddleback Pass, the Plain of Six Glaciers, and Lake Louise Shoreline are just three of several classic hikes that will take your breath away as you soak up all the beauty. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other awesome activities include whitewater rafting, laid back fishing trips, biking and horseback riding. Basically it’s always a lovely time just basking in the good vibes here.

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The summer is the high season and it’s currently gorgeous in Lake Louise. But as this is Canada, the cold weather will be here before you know it – and Lake Louise is just as thrilling during the winter months. Many of the lakes in the area (not just Louise) are transformed into massive skating rinks, and it’s not unusual to find a pick-up hockey game to partake in.

Of course, the world famous Lake Louise Ski Area is just a couple minutes from the lake. It was often named “Canada’s Best Ski Resort” at the World Ski Awards and it really is something amazing to come experience for yourself. And if you want to diversify your ski options, Mt. Norquay and Sunshine Village are both just a car or bus ride away.

photo: Paul Zizka
photo: Paul Zizka

Accommodation options at Lake Louise offer you everything form rustic cabins on the water’s edge to luxury castle hotels and log cabin resorts. Post Hotel, for example, is an excellent spot with a quality guarantee for excellence in the 5 C’s: cuisine, comfort, character, calm and charm. The rooms are elegant spaces of bliss with suites and lofts decked out in slate floors, wood burning fireplaces, and whirlpools. The Temple Mountain Spa on-site is one of the best in the Canadian Rockies and the perfect place to get pampered. So many of the amenities are amazing but in particular the dining here is top notch and is considered one of the distinguished restaurants of North America – not to be missed.

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And of course the Chateau Lake Louise is one of the top most vaunted five-star luxury hotels in Banff National Park (if not all of Canada), offering palatial accommodations and attentive service that goes above and beyond to make sure your Rocky Mountain vacation is perfect. Everyone will find something perfect for them here in this historic wonder, the castle in the mountains, from kid-friendly programs to custom-built romantic packages. The views are breathtaking, the suites rooms are gorgeous and the entire hotel seems to channel both the old world luxury and all the magic from Lake Louise.