Known worldwide as the “Jewel of the Rockies”, this is a picture-perfect lake of iconic beauty with the Victoria Glacier perfectly reflected in the still blue waters.
In 1882 Tom Wilson was the first white Canadian to see Lake Louise and wrote...
I never, in all my explorations of these five chains of mountains throughout western Canada, saw such a matchless scene... I felt puny in body but glorified in spirit and soul.
Activities on and around Lake Louise
One end of the lake is dominated by the huge structure of the Château Lake Louise hotel, but a short walk in any direction enables you to reach pristine mountain wilderness. Today, there are many walking, horse riding and mountain biking trails on land, while canoes are available to explore the lakeshore.
Lake Louise village
Lake Louise village is set several kilometres from the lake and has a handful of facilities including a supermarket, petrol station and some restaurants. The village is close to several national and provincial parks, making it a great base for those who wish to explore some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the Rocky Mountains.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Louise
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Louise, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Louise
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Lake Louise
- Yoho National Park 14 miles away
- Field 14 miles away
- Banff 32 miles away
- The Kootenays 33 miles away
- Canmore 43 miles away
- The Purcell Mountains 89 miles away
- Calgary 96 miles away
- Jasper 129 miles away
- Fernie 142 miles away
- Claresholm 150 miles away
- Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump 163 miles away
- The Cariboo 167 miles away
- Edmonton 185 miles away
- Wells Gray Provincial Park 187 miles away
- Waterton Lakes National Park 192 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 197 miles away
- Dinosaur Provincial Park 210 miles away
- Writing-on-Stone Provinical Park 259 miles away
Accommodation choices for Lake Louise
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Louise. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Lake Louise
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lake Louise, and which use the best local guides.