Lake Louise Tourist Information and Tourism

(Lake Louise, Alberta - AB, Canada)

Photo of the breaktaking Icefields ParkwayThe village of Lake Louise is the number two most-visited destination in the Banff National Park, after only the townsite of Banff. This area offers its own distinct charm, and really comprises two main locations, the resort of Lake Louise Village, which is just off the Trans Canada Highway and home to the popular Samson Mall, and of course, the beautiful lake itself, which is just minutes away and to the south-west.

One of the true treasures hidden amidst the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise is surrounded by staggering beauty and magnificent scenery, easy to access via numerous trails, such as those around the Moraine Lake. The tourist scene is especially busy during the summer months and does quieten down slightly in the winter, although Lake Louise's skiing opportunities at the neighbouring Front Side (South Face) are not to be missed, being amongst Canada's very best and boasting soft, powdery snow.

Within the village, the local tourism centre offers an array of tourist information from Parks Canada, and also features some interesting exhibits about the Rocky Mountains.

View of kayaks on Lake Moraine

Lake Louise Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Around Lake Louise are many quality tourist attractions, including hiking trails and scenic spots around the Paradise Valley and the Panorama Ridge. Also of note is Lake Agnes, which although much smaller, enjoys spectacular vistas across the Continental Divide. Just a short distance to the south-east, the Bow Valley Provincial Park contains leading attractions, such as the Backswamp Viewpoint and the Johnston Canyon Trail. For a very easy way to appreciate some truly breathtaking views without any effort at all, take a ride onboard the Sightseeing Gondola, which transports its passengers to the peak of Mount Whitehorne. Alternatively, boating and fishing on Lake Louise come highly recommended, as does mountain biking and winter snow shoeing. More information about Lake Louise Tourist Attractions.

Picture of sightseers, admiring the natural beautyThe Valley of the Ten Peaks is one of the most dramatic and imposing of all the natural landmarks surrounding Lake Louise and features no less than ten towering snowcapped mountain peaks. However, when it comes to man-made structures, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is certainly hard to miss. Dominating the easterly shore with its vast white facade reflecting into the adjacent waters, the Fairmont Chateau is conveniently near to the Plain of the Six Glaciers and provides over 500 guest rooms, with views of the lakefront and Canadian Rockies. More information about Lake Louise Landmarks and Monuments.

Aerial photograph of the Fairmont HotelOnly a small handful of museums are to be found within the Lake Louise area, being mainly clustered in nearby Banff and offering information about subject matters such as skiing, the Canadian Rocky mountains, and the Banff National Park. Lake Louise does a little better in the way of art galleries, with the Northern Art Impressions standing out at Samson Mall, at the Art of Man Gallery at the Fairmont Chateau offering an array of rather tempting Inuit pieces. More information about Lake Louise Museums and Art Galleries.

Waterfront picture, showing the Fairmont HotelMany tourists holidaying at the Lake Louise Village do make the effort to visit Banff, and this is one of the most popular day trips available. Here you will find quality attractions such as the Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola and the beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Also very close to Lake Louise is the town of Canmore, where the acclaimed the Bow Valley Trail is located, along with its impressive calendar of events. Further afield, both Calgary and the Jasper National Park are within reach and worthy of consideration. More information about Lake Louise Attractions Nearby.

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