Situated in Banff National Park, many people think Lake Louise is it’s own National Park, but it’s actually a part of Banff National Park. It’s both a tiny town (more of a hamlet, really), ski resort, outdoor adventure area and a lake. The glacial lake is an intense shade of turquoise thanks to the meltwater from the glaciers, which deposits the rock silt into it.
There are many things to do in Lake Louise. If visiting in summer, you’ll definitely want to take the Lake Louise gondola for grizzly bear viewing. There’s great hiking and biking in the area, including the Banff Legacy Trail, which technically runs all the way from here into to the town of Canmore. For hikes, Consolation Lakes is ideal for families and hiking up to the Lake Agnes Tea House is a rite of passage every visitor should make.
During autumn, this region is a prime spot for viewing the larch trees and the Larch Valley hike is one you’ll want to tackle to see some of the best fall colours in Alberta.
In winter this part of Banff National Park is all about the snow. There’s epic skiing and tubing at the world famous ski resort and nearby, the Fairmont builds an ice castle and ice bar. Of course Lake Louise ice skating is a magical experience that is free for everyone. The most notable winter festival is Ice Magic where you can explore Lake Louise ice sculptures and watch the ice carver artists at work. That’s just one of the many Lake Louise winter activities not too miss.
This tag explores many more Lake Louise activities and attractions. Anytime of year, there’s a ton of quality Lake Louise restaurants to check out. Additionally, the region has become a top wellness destination. Wellness workshops and weekends range from yoga to cold water therapy through the Fairmont.