Lake Louise

Lake Louise and its namesake village became part of Banff National Park in 1902 when Banff was expanded. The lake was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Previously it had been called Emerald Lake for its colour and “Lake of Little Fishes” or “Horunnumnay” by the Stoney First Nations.

The lake and its backdrop, the Victoria Glacier at the foot of snowcapped Mount Victoria, is the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies.

Village of Lake Louise
West of the town of Banff 57 km/35 miles, the village of Lake Louise is a little ways off the beaten track of the Trans Canada highway. It is smaller and quieter than Banff but has many amenities, including a medical clinic, RCMP detachment, postal outlet and shops. There are several good hotels with restaurants and spas.

At the Lake
Five km/3 miles from the village, emerald green Lake Louise is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, trees and the stately Chateau Lake Louise. The Chateau is a very large luxury hotel with restaurants, 20 shops and a boat dock which rents canoes.

Walkers will find trails leading around the lake towards the Beehives or Lake Agnes. More ambitious hikers can go beyond the lake up to the Plain of Six Glaciers for a round trip of five hours. For those who enjoy a cup of tea, there are teahouses located at Lake Agnes and the Plain of Six Glaciers.

The promenade in front of the hotel can get very crowded in summer so visit in the early morning or evening to avoid the congestion.

What To Do
The Lake Louise area is an all season playground. In winter there is skiing at Lake Louise ski area, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, heli-skiing, ice climbing; and during the rest of the year there is hiking, mountaineering, heli-tours, wildlife viewing, boating, horseback riding, caving and white water rafting. Just to mention a few.

From June through August the gondola is open to take people up into the mountains for sightseeing and hiking.

Nearby Attractions
Moraine Lake, 15 km/9 miles from village, is nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and you might recognize the scene from the back of the old twenty dollar bill. There are canoes for rent or hiking trails to many other lakes from here.

Herbert Lake, 5 km/3 miles from village on the Icefields Parkway, is an excellent place for photography and picnics.

Where It’s At
Lake Louise is approximately 250 km/155 miles east of Three Valley Gap.

*All facilities are a division of Three Valley Lake Chateau Ltd.