When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Lake Louise is known as the "Jewel of Canada", and for good reason.
With its shimmering turquoise green water and surrounding snowcapped mountains, Lake Louise is a spectacular postcard-perfect destination that you won't want to miss.
WHAT TO DO
* = Interesting ** = worth a detour *** = worth a trip
Fairmont Château Lake Louise, one of the most prestigious buildings in the region, is located on the eastern shore of Lake Louise. A paved trail runs along the water's edge for about 2 kilometres, with beautiful views of the lake, mountains, glacier, and the Château.
To truly experience the magnificence of your surroundings, hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers**. This moderately challenging and spectacular high mountain trail is 5.3 kilometres long (each way), with an elevation gain of 365 metres. The return trip will take about 4 hours.
This immense turquoise lake is in the lovely Valley of the Ten Peaks, about 14 kilometres from the village of Lake Louise. The best time to visit is in July, when the reflected sunlight gives the water its stunning blue colour. Many people consider Moraine Lake to be the most beautiful spot in the Rockies.
Yoho National Park**
This national park offers much more than a forest and towering rock faces. Take the time to visit Takakkaw Falls**, plunging a dramatic 254 meters over a rock face. A narrow winding road leads to the falls, which may not always be accessible by motorhome. You will also want to stop off at Emerald Lake** to breathe in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the incredible colour of this glacial lake. You can also take a short hike along the edge of the lake.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
WHERE TO EAT
Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House ($)
The Plain of Six Glaciers hiking trail follows the shore of Lake Louise before climbing up to a charming teahouse at an elevation of 2,100 metres. Enjoy a cup of tea or lemonade and some delicious fresh-baked goods while admiring the view. Note that the tea house only accepts cash, and the only way to get there is on foot (a 4-hour round trip hike).
Lake Louise Station ($$)
Dine in the oldest building in Lake Louise, the historic Lake Louise railway station. Try a bison burger, or go with the recommendations of your wait staff. The grounds offer a lovely view of the Bow River.
200 Sentinel Road, Lac Louise, T0L 1E0 / 403-522-2600
Storm Mountain Lodge ($$$)
Halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, Storm Mountain Lodge is a popular place for a romantic meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Experience fine dining in the rustic yet chic decor of this charming log lodge. Signature dishes feature beef and wild fish. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
Post Hotel & Spa ($$$$)
Post Hotel & Spa is a Relais & Châteaux establishment offering European-inspired fine Canadian cuisine. For a truly inspired epicurean experience, opt for the six-course gourmet menu. Advance dinner reservations are required.
200 Pipestone Road, Lac Louise, T0L 1E0 / 403-522-3989
The Lake Louise Fall Festival
Date: September 5 to October 4, 2015 (2016 dates to be confirmed)
Location: Lake Louise
Description: Autumn is a wonderful time to explore this region and enjoy unique activities, events and outdoor recreation. For example, take a photography workshop with a professional nature photographer, who will explain how to capture the magic of the season's spectacular colours.
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