Lake Louise

Like an infinite mirror reflecting the glacial hues of the surrounding mountain peaks, Lake Louise is just one of those places that you can't help falling head-over-heels in love with. As you can imagine, photographers at sun set are as natural as maple syrup for breakfast although, as the lake is well-over a mile long there's no need to worry about fighting for space. Aside from the chances to go all 'David Bailey' Lake Louise holds plenty more opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors and you'll find a splendid choice of hiking trails and water-based activities to enjoy within a truly exceptional setting. This is one of Banff's most beautiful spots and if you're looking for a perfect place to perch and ponder then prepare for paradise.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Canada HIking

    Hiking The area around Lake Louise is revered by hikers and outdoor enthusiasts the world over and you'll discover a huge range of paths that will, quite literally, take you to new heights. Legendary trails, such as: the Plain of Six Glaciers, are just as exciting as they sound and the chance to explore within the realm of Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria is an experience not to be missed. After a fairly even gradient and several scenic switchbacks you'll find yourself surveying pine-fringed Lake Louise far below and thanks to a conveniently placed tea house the Plain of Six Glaciers is just one of those trails that you'll remember for years to come.

  • Canadian Rockies Canoeists Lake

    Canoeing As mentioned, Lake Louise hiking trails will take you to some incredible locations however, if your preferred mode of transport leans towards seated rather than standing then it might be time to give canoeing a try. This is such a peaceful and meditative way to make the most of your day and as you drift effortlessly, occasionally dipping your paddle into the deep dark waters, you'll be taken back in time to the realm of the Native Americans and a life that was a whole lot simpler.

  • Moose calf

    Photography A wide-angled or landscape lens is exactly what you'll need in the Canadian Rockies and anyone approaching Lake Louise without a camera secreted within 'drawing' distance could find themselves missing out on some great shots. As far as hobbies go, photography in Banff is up there with the best of them and no matter what your level of enthusiasm equipping yourself with spare batteries, digi-cards and tripod is thoroughly recommended.

  • Bear cubs

    Wildlife-watching Picture yourself waking to an early morning mist as you pack your provisions ready for another day of animal encounters that can rarely be considered anywhere other than Canada. With over 250 different species of birds as well as the chance to see grizzlies, black bears, cougars and moose, wildlife-watching in Lake Louise Canada is pretty much par for the course no matter what you're intending to do with your days. Top tip: take a chair-lift to stand the best chance of spotting bears and big cats prowling in the pine-covered hillsides below.

When to go
Temperature chart - Lake Louise

As with all trips in the Canadian Rockies the higher up you are the more changeable the conditions are likely to be and packing an extra fleece or rain mac is standard practice even in the summer months. That said, the glacial thaw that should be complete around June makes for a thoroughly enticing time of year however, be warned, the holiday season during July and August can make Lake Louise a tad busy. As a rule of thumb: May, June and September are pretty much the best times to visit unless you're after snow and then, of course, winter rules apply.

Insider Tip: Taking the perfect photo
Stunning Lake Louise

If you are hoping to capture the reflective qualities of Lake Louise on celluloid or digital alternative then one of the best methods is to grab a wet bag, stow your camera and head on to the water on top of a kayak. Probably best to have a bit of a practise first but once you get the hang of bobbing about then the photographic rewards are infinite. Also, if you don't fancy combining sketchy kayak skills with an expensive camera then why not try pitching a tripod as the sun sets for some really excellent images of pine-covered mountain slopes juxtaposed against an orange, pink and purple painted backdrop.

Tours that visit Lake Louise


    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    Showcasing the best hiking trails that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this escorted holiday to Canada explores untouched wilderness with stunning flora and fauna, and experience the most breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies.

    Highlights: Jasper | Banff | Yoho | Glacier

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    11 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from


    A renowned region of majestic beauty, the Canadian Rockies showcase awe inspiring natural wilderness. Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers on our touring holidays in Canada. Walk, raft and canoe with a comfortable bed awaiting you each night.

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Icefields Parkway

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jul-Aug from


    The perfect outdoor adventure for all the family, with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery that Canada has to offer. Each new day will be even more exciting than the last!

    Highlights: Canadian Rockies | Outdoor Adventure

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