Consolation Lake: A Trail Near Lake Louise That Converts Hiking Haters

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

You’ll want your good camera with you while hiking Valley of Ten Peaks.

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

A river runs through it.

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

Spring comes late to the Rockies, so even in the height of summer, you’ll spot wildflowers.

Along the way you’ll spot plenty of wildflowers.

pink alpine flower

Usually I only see red Indian paintbrushes, but these pink ones were a delight.

Pink Indian paintbrushes are only found at high altitudes.

girl and boy hiking

Let your kids lead the charge.

The trail is wide enough to walk side by side.

forest surrounding mountain lake

Lots of rocks to scamper over.

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

Girl standing on rocks in a stream

A young Eve takes it all in.

Take a minute to enjoy the view.

rocky outcrop

A fun, rustic spot for hide and seek.

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?

By |2018-04-22T09:21:12+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

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  1. Maria 16.09.2013 at 04:18 - Reply

    Thanks for the tip Jody! We did the hike with my 4 year old and 6 year old, and it was amazing!!

    • Jody 17.09.2013 at 14:34 - Reply

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Harmony, Momma To Go 23.04.2018 at 12:08 - Reply

    consolation lake? What a terrible name for a beautiful place! We have not done much hiking as a family, looking to change that!

    • Jody 23.04.2018 at 12:13 - Reply

      LOL! I never thought of it that way.

  4. Binny Marwaha 23.04.2018 at 16:57 - Reply

    Moving soon closer to Banff NP and can’t wait to start hiking the trails. This hike seems to be perfect for the weekend trip. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jody 23.04.2018 at 16:59 - Reply

      You’ll have to let me know when you’re here. I split time between Canmore and Calgary.

  5. Diana Rowe 23.04.2018 at 19:54 - Reply

    How can you not want to miss this hike. Beautiful!

    • Jody 25.04.2018 at 09:07 - Reply


  6. Dawn 24.04.2018 at 03:07 - Reply

    Love that area of the world! I had never heard about this hike or lake so will have to check it out next time we are out there. My brother lives in Canmore so we get out there quite a bit.

    • Jody 25.04.2018 at 09:07 - Reply

      You should. And I’m in Canmore most weekends. Would love to meet up.

  7. Kate 24.04.2018 at 20:25 - Reply

    This is gorgeous! We live in Florida where the view is much more flat, I could look at those mountains for hours! It’s always nice to hear of a hike that’s child friendly too.

    • Jody 25.04.2018 at 09:06 - Reply

      But you get the ocean, so….:)

  8. Nancy | MapandFamily 25.04.2018 at 03:45 - Reply

    This sounds like a lovely family hike and what amazing scenery! Great tip to bring a good camera!

    • Jody 25.04.2018 at 09:06 - Reply

      It was the best hike we did all summer.

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