Lake Louise, Banff National Park

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Get active and enjoy the invigorating views at Lake Louise, one of Canada's biggest natural attractions. In an area widely considered the hiking capital of the Canadian Rockies, this glacial lake ensures memorable boating experiences in the warmer months and serves as a vast skating rink in the winter. Year-round you'll find something to do in this quintessentially Canadian mountain setting, including skiing, hiking, biking, and climbing. To find out how to plan a trip to Banff National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Unbelievable scenery, wonderful views from all around the lake! Clean, fresh air, and a simply beautiful spot to either watch the world go by or hike around. A must visit for anyone in the area. The.....  more
    Unbelievable scenery, wonderful views from all around the lake! Clean, fresh air, and a simply beautiful spot to either watch the world go by or hike around. A must visit for anyone in the area. The.....  more »
  • Make sure you pay to park your car in the lot. Then it is just a short walk to the lake. No one is allowed on the hotel grounds unless you are a guest! Way expensive! The lake is beautiful. 
    Make sure you pay to park your car in the lot. Then it is just a short walk to the lake. No one is allowed on the hotel grounds unless you are a guest! Way expensive! The lake is beautiful.  more »
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  • Lake Louise is such an exquisite place to visit. The lake is an easy walk from the parking lot and the powder blue waters are mesmerizing. Since it is so easy to get to the amount of visitors can be insane and there are a plethora of selfies being taken at any moment. At sunset the amount of photographers here is crazy so get there early if you want to set up in a good spot. That being said the lake is absolutely a must if you’re in Banff. We came here multiple times and I loved the way the light changed the feel of the lake. The Fairmont is a gorgeous hotel to visit right next door and if you can get a spot at the bar there are amazing views of the lake from there! If you have the time and energy you should definitely make the trip up to Lake Agnes or visit Moraine Lake as well!
  • Review Date: July 13th, 2015 Lake Louis is quite possibly the most breath-taking place I have ever seen. I don’t mean that lightly. Lake Louise is one that is etched in my mind of what peaceful and serene is like in landscape form. As we made our way west to our destination of Nakusp, Laura told us that we should take a detour to see Lake Louise. At this point in my life, I never heard of the place and the mental images I had were lackluster, to say the least. I envisioned just a lake with tall grass, weeds, and maybe a local fisherman trying to catch something special for dinner. What I didn’t expect was to be blown away by Mother Nature. The van rounded the turn and what I saw unfold was a sight like no other. Mountains horizontally across the landscape that came down and blended seamlessly with this large blue body of water. That body of water was the one and only Lake Louise. Once I was able to take the full place in, I knew this place from scenic photos on the internet. Even those high quality photos did not do this place justice. From the moment we walked to the lake from the van, this place held your attention. The blue coloring of the water was mesmerizing and very unique. The sediment that comes from the surrounding mountains causes it to have it’s signature color. The lake blends seamlessly in to the surrounding trees and mountains. The mountains rise up all around you, which helps trap in cool air. With each breath, you feel like you are breathing in cool autumn temperature air but it has a mountain-quality to it. Almost like it is cleaner than anything else you’ve ever breathed. While our visit here was about 90 minutes, there are a ton of activities to do besides being mesmerized. You can walk along the waterfront and also this side stream we found. You can rent some canoes and paddle on the lake. On the opposite side of the road is a ski lift area. There is also a huge hotel next to the lake you can camp out in if camping in the woods isn’t your thing. Actually, I don’t know if you can go camping in this area but hey, I don’t think anyone is gonna stop you. Maybe a bear or moose, but then you have other problems besides camping. No matter how many or few words I write can properly encapsulate how breathtaking this place is. At the time of writing this blog, I still recall how hypnotically blue the water is and how fresh and crisp that mountain air is. If there is anything you need to do in Canada, the whole of Banff National Park (where this is located) needs to be at the top of your list. Also ‘trying authentic poutine’ should be on that list.

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