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  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise

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Encompassed within breathtaking panoramas of the high Rockies, the hamlet of Lake Louise is a resort and shopping area serving Banff National Park and nearby ski areas. Separated into two distinct communities, the lower elevation “Village” features a small collection of shops and hotels, whereas the other sits directly on the lake whose name it bears, and focuses around the impressive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Originally a summer resort, both areas are now set up for year-round tourism and experience a sub-Arctic climate.
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New York City

A great place to visit to see the beauty of the Canadian national parks. The natural beauty is nothing short of spectacular.

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New York City

Breathtakingly beautiful place to spend some time. We took some great hikes both guided and on our own. Do go before the end of September after which is starts to get very cold.

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Pittsford

This is one of the most picturesque places in the Canadian Rockies. It is a must stop on any visit to the area. Come just before the sun goes behind the mountains to see the various color changes. Watch for the wildlife in the area.

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Vancouver
First to Review

This gorgeous alpine lake has sparkling turquoise water. It's not the exclusive playground for those staying in the Chateau Lake Louise. As with most points of interest in Banff National Park, there's trails leading to the backcountry.

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Foster City

Turquoise green color of this lake makes it so surreal when looking at it from a distance. Glacier backdrop is like as if its a painted screen! Can kayak and canoe on this lake and I see many doing it, some bringing their own and rentals are also available.

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Sydney

Lake Louise is a spectacular narrow glacial lake with the glacier itself hanging above it at the far end.

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Santa Clara

This is a crazy beautiful area. The lake is stunning. Take a walk around it. Also enjoy the architecture of the buildings in the area.

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Calgary

Lake Louise provides all the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, and a variety of outdoor activities, but minus the tourist crowds of Banff. The less populated location does not mean giving up luxury, however, as both the Post Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise will easily satisfy traveller who want gourmet meals and pampered accommodations.

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Pleasant Hill

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.

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The lake can't possibly be that blue? Believe it. One of the all time classic views in all of Canada if this place doesn't take your breath away you should have your head examined.

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