Lake Louise

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3.9 from 10 users


Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail, Division No. 15, Alberta


Lake Louise is a glacial lake within Banff National Park. Founded in 1890 as Laggan Station, Lake Louise was once a wild outpost at the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today this hamlet, lake and the nearby area offer some of the finest hiking, skiing and site-seeing in the world. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake usually melt by late May. Alpine hiking season begins in late June. Parking is limited at the Lake Louise Lakeshore and Moraine Lake and parking lots are full by sunrise in peak season (May to October). Planning ahead is key. Park your car and ride Roam Transit to Lake Louise, or reserve a seat in advance on a Parks Canada shuttle and leave your car at the at the Park and Ride. Make the most of your visit to Banff National Park by using shuttles and transit. Reservations are required to get a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle to the Lake Louise Lakeshore or Moraine Lake. Walk-up seat sales are not permitted. Lake Louise Village and the Lake Louise Lakeshore are open year-round. The 13 km road to Moraine Lake opens the Tuesday after Victoria Day in mid-May and closes the Tuesday after Canadian Thanksgiving in mid-October. During the winter, the road is trackset for skiing and the lake itself is inaccessible due to avalanche hazard. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 51.416971 Lng: -116.216213

User Reviews



Very busy and crowded and very tough to get parking (have to keep driving in loops). Beautiful lake and views. Canoe is $125 an hr (Crazy!) better suited to do Emerald Lake for half the price if that's your thing. Hotel on the lake is a little disappointing but nice lake.



Crowded but very nice. A lot of space for almost everyone to get his picture.



Ranger told us it parking was already full at 4:30 am. We decided to go there by shuttle that picked us up at the overflow park and ride ($4 round trip) waited quite al long time.Lake is beautiful, of course.From lake Louise you can buy a shuttle ticket to Moraine lake ($6)Prepare to wait in line for a long time.


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