Consolation Lake, Lake Louise

Consolation Lake

Summer weekends are ideal for family hikes. A few Saturdays ago we packed a picnic and whizzed over to Lake Louise for a quick day hike. It’s only 3km from the Moraine Lake parking lot to Consolation Lake, making it an ideal hike for young children. The elevation gain is minimal – about 300 ft. (90 metres), so whining and requests for snacks (from me, of course) was kept to a minimum.

Lake Louise area

Start by taking in this view of the Valley of Ten Peaks. Hikers need to travel in groups of four or risk being fined.

babbling brook

The forest has been thinned out along the trail, so hikers can more easily spot bears and other wildlife approaching. Traipse down the velvety moss banks and dip your hand in the rushing stream.

Alpine meadow

Along the way you’ll spot plenty of wildflowers.

pink alpine flower

Pink Indian paintbrushes are only found at high altitudes.

girl and boy hiking

The trail is wide enough to walk side by side.

forest surrounding mountain lake

You’ll reach Consolation Lake in less than an hour.

Girl standing on rocks in a stream

Take a minute to enjoy the view.

rocky outcrop

A rocky outcrop of boulders is ideal for kids to scramble over, find caves and sit upon to look for fish (we spotted three).

What are your favourite day hikes for kids?