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LAKE LOUISE

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Lac Louise

Lake Louise is known as the "Jewel of Canada", and for good reason.

With its shimmering turquoise green water and surrounding snow-capped mountains, Lake Louise is a spectacular postcard-perfect destination that you won't want to miss.

 

BANFF NATIONAL PARK / LAKE LOUISE SECTOR

Season: Open year-round, 24 hours a day.

Visitor Centre: The Lake Louise Visitor Centre (201 Vil­lage St., Lake Louise) is open daily, Jan 1-May 31 and Oct. 1-Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 1-Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission fee: In 2018, the admission fee is $9.80/day/adult and free for youth 17 and under. An annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass is $67.70/adult.

 

Lake Louise

Château Lac-Louise

The iconic lake is located just behind the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, one of the most prestigious buildings in the region. 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.



Moraine Lake

Lac MoraineThis 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. The road to Moraine Lake is open daily from May 22 to October 9, 2018.

 

 

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT!

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are extremely popular destinations and can be difficult to access in high season. Here is some important information to help you plan ahead:

• In summer and fall, the parking lots at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake fill up early in the day. Arrive at Lake Louise before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m., and Moraine Lake before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

• Moraine Lake is open from May 22 to October 9, 2018. The road to Moraine Lake opens only when parking is available. It is not possible to park on the side of the road to wait for the road to open, as there are no designated stopping areas (arrive early!!!).

Free shuttle service is available between the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot and the lake itself, daily from May 19 to October 9, 2018. Shuttles leave the parking lot for Lake Louise every 15 to 20 minutes, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the last shuttle leaves the lake at 6 p.m. If you are travelling by RV, it is strongly recommended that you use this shuttle service.

Free shuttle service is also available between the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot and Moraine Lake during golden larch season, daily from September 11 to October 9. Shuttles leave the parking lot for Moraine Lake every 15 to 20 minutes, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the last shuttle leaves the lake at 5:40 p.m. If you are travelling by RV during this period, you must use the shuttle as RVs are not permitted on Moraine Lake Road. Note that RVs are generally permitted at Moraine Lake, but not recommended.

• If you plan to go hiking at one of the lakes, take an early shuttle to avoid the crowds.

For further information about transportation in the Lake Louise area, go to the Lake Louise Visitor Centre.

Enjoy your visit!

NEARBY


Yoho National Park

Parc National de YohoThis 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. Accessible mid-June until mid-October to small vehicles and bicycles only due to steep, tight switchbacks. The parking lot fills early, so it is better to arrive at the beginning or end of the day.

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. Or why not enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants of the superb Emerald Lake Lodge?

Warning, parking is limited. Once again, arrive early or at the end of the day to avoid the crowds.

Yoho National Park

Season: Open year-round, 24 hours a day.

Visitor Centre: The Yoho National Park Visitor Centre, located on the Trans-Canada Highway, is open Jan. 1-Apr. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 1-30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1-Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 1-Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission fee: In 2018, the admission fee is $7.80/day/adult and free for youth 17 and under. An annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass is $67.70/adult.

Where to eat

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  • $$ Moderate
  • $$$ Upscale
  • $$$$ Fine dining

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). Open daily between mid-June/early July and end September/mid-October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Louise / 403-667-4663



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. Open daily in high season, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

200 Sentinel Road, Lake Louise / 403-522-2600
www.lakelouisestation.com



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. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

200 Pipestone Road, Lake Louise / 403-522-3989
www.posthotel.com/cuisine/dining/



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. Open daily between June 1 and October 8, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Route 93, Banff National Park / 403-762-4155
www.stormmountainlodge.com

Road trip

  • West
  • Road Trip
  • 15 days
$1404 / adult

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