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Banff Lake Louise

Banff Lake Louise

Trans-Canada Highway, Lake Louise, T0L 1E0

The Basics

Lake Louise is the name of both the lake and hamlet inside Banff National Park, each located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) apart. Part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is near Jasper National Park and glacial attractions like Athabasca Glacier, the Columbia Icefield, and the Glacier Skywalk. You might spend the majority of your time at Lake Louise, or take a tour from Banff that covers Kootenay National Park, Marble Canyon, and the lake. Hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking are popular summertime pursuits, while Lake Louise Ski Resort provides wintertime recreation and some winter tours include snowshoe treks. To see nearby sites without transportation hassles, take a hop-on hop-off bus through Banff, with stops running from Banff townsite to Lake Louise.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Our guide was THE BEST
67JenniferH67, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Really enjoyed the guide’s commentary and info. He was a retired geologist and knew the area well. Bus was clean and efficient.
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Great trip
danielle_h, Jul 2020
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
We had a tour with Rose! She was awesome! I highly recommend this tour to anyone! She really knew her stuff and it made the trip Fun, informative as well as beautiful
star-5
Great tour guide
carojs, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Ronnie made the tour. She was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour! We managed to get to Moraine Lake even though this was supposed to be impossible in October. Gave us lovely maple syrup biscuits.
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Great tour!
AAdriana_gr, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
It was amazing! The tour was very informative and both lakes were absolutely beautiful, you get good time to see both places. Neil was great, very friendly, polite and professional. I recommend this tour if you want to visit both lakes in a relax manner and enjoy the amazing views without having to worry about driving.
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Tour guide Anne
decdol, Oct 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Anne was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic . She came with us helped us take pictures and very patient
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Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
jeanne1318, Sep 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
A good tour ; wished we had been told of inaccessibility of viewing Lake Moraine at point recommended by tour guide . There are no hand rails to hold on to as you climb steep stairs
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Worth your while!
Traveler02652282596, Sep 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Great tour! Two beautiful lakes are so worth seeing. Moraine Lake was especially beautiful and climbing the rock pile was well worth the effort. Kyle was a great driver and guide as he shared lots of stories about Alberta and the freeway between Banff and the lakes.
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Great Mini Tour of Banff Lakes
mphs_tn_traveler, Aug 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Tour Guide Pete was great and shared amazing facts with us on our tour. Loved Lake Moraine and Lake Louise. Highly recommend tour.
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Good tour
maiii2019, Jul 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
It was informative and guide was very good and helpful. The best part was we got to avoid the driving and parking craziness.
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Lake Louise Bus Tour
worley69, Jul 2019
Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Linda our tour guide was great providing ongoing commentary on the surrounding areas. The planned stops along the route were great and gave us an opportunity to get close to historic sites, views and landmarks. The stops at both Lakes enabled us to get some great pictures however being able to spend a bit more time at the Lakes would have been better. 30 minutes for us was a bit too short and we would have preferred 45 minutes to avoid having to rush back for departure. We would recommend this tour to anyone, pick up from the hotel was easy, the guided tour information fun and avoiding the hassle of driving your own vehicle and navigating parking at the lakes made the trip truly enjoyable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The elevation of Lake Louise is 5,740 feet (1,750 meters), while Banff is at 4,540 feet (1,384 meters); drink plenty of water to stay hydrated at the high altitudes.

  • Some short trails in the area provide wheelchair accessibility, such as the Banff Legacy Trail and Bow Riverside Trail.

  • The area’s public shuttles are not wheelchair accessible.

  • A Park Pass is required to enter Banff National Park and to travel on the scenic parkways such as the Icefields Parkway; this requirement is covered in most tours.

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How to Get There

Lake Louise is 35 miles (57 kilometers) northwest of Banff, which is 79 miles (127 kilometers) west of Calgary, Alberta’s largest city and home to Calgary International Airport. The Rocky Mountaineer has regularly scheduled train service with a stop in Banff. Once in Banff, the hop-on hop-off bus tour provides transportation around Banff National Park, including to Lake Louise.

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When to Get There

Banff and Lake Louise are year-round destinations, so plan your visit according to the experiences that interest you. Warm-weather activities like hiking generally run from June to mid-October with July and August being the warmest months. The larch trees around Lake Louise turn yellow and orange in late September or early October. Winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing run from December through April.

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Visiting the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

In addition to natural splendor, Lake Louise boasts a man-made icon, as well—the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Dating back to 1911, the luxury hotel has hosted Hollywood stars and European royalty and is worth a visit for afternoon tea, a fondue dinner, a spa treatment, or a drink with a view of the turquoise lake.

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