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The moment you catch sight of the turquoise water of Lake Louise, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. It’s a captivating sight; an oasis cradled in the embrace of the surrounding mountains, their snow-capped peaks adding even more grandeur to the vibrant water. It’s a haven of adventure just waiting to be discovered on a Lake Louise Holiday.

A crater lake set in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise sits serenely, with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel standing proudly on its north-eastern bank and the impressive Victoria Glacier, whose water feeds the lake, on its south-western side. There’s no better way to explore than by paddling across the calm waters, pausing to let yourself feel small next to the mightiness of the mountains surrounding you. But that’s just the start; you’ll want to experience every angle of the beautiful lake you can, so climb aboard the Lake Louise Gondola, looking out for grizzly bears as you journey upwards into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With Lake Agnes Tea House as your destination, hike the Lake Agnes Trail, passing the enchanting Mirror Lake as you go.

Discover a Winter Wonderland at Lake Louise

As winter draws in, Lake Louise transforms into a white covered wonderland. Gone are the canoes; the lake freezes solid, calling visitors to don a pair of skates and take to the lake in a very different manner. Just east of Lake Louise village sits the Lake Louise Ski Resort, four mountain’s worth of powder-white slopes, with something to thrill everyone, from beginners to the pros.

One of the “SkiBig3”, a winter holiday to Lake Louise is perfectly paired with a visit to the slopes of Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay ski resorts. Or why not explore the rest of Banff National Park, then head west and explore the beautiful province of British Columbia?

Destination Highlights

  • Hike some of the stunning trails around the lake and watch the sunset from scenic lookouts
  • Ride the Lake Louise Gondola for incredible 360° views
  • Canoe, kayak or paddle board across the turquoise water of the lake
  • In winter, take to the slopes at the Lake Louise Ski Resort

Great sample itineraries


There’s so much to see in and around Lake Louise. Browse our sample itineraries then give us a call so we can put together your perfect holiday.

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Calgary To Vancouver Road Trip

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,499 PP
Take an epic adventure across the great Canadian Rockies. Journey from Calgary through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the breath...
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Rocky Mountaineer Rainforest To Gold Rush

  • 3 Days
  • Guide Price £1,899 PP
Enjoy the spectacular First Passage to the West rail journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies as you retrace the steps...
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Rockies Trail Escorted Tour

  • 10 Days
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Take this ten day tour of beautiful Western Canada to combine rural and urban delights into one unforgettable adventure. Journey...
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Explore Lake Louise

Time Zone

GMT -7 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; Accessible by road from Calgary. Direct flights into Calgary are available with Air Canada and British Airways. Indirect flights are also available.

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check with the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s

Language

English

Health Info

No vaccinations required

Emma, Destination Manager

“I highly recommend the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for its unbeatable location. If you are staying, make sure to book a Lake View room; you'll never tire of opening your curtains each morning and soaking up the tranquility and beauty of the lake.”

Emma
Destination Manager
Valerie, Destination Specialist

“If you take a ride on the Lake Louise Gondola, look out for grizzly bears. They can sometimes by spotted on the ride up.”

Valerie
Destination Specialist

Ice Magic Festival

Unfolding over 12 days in January, frozen Lake Louise becomes the backdrop the Ice Magic Festival. The event sees professional ice carving teams flock to the lake from across the world to create incredible ice sculptures based on a set theme. Visitors can watch the artists at work or admire the finished sculptures for the following 9 days.

Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

Kicking off the winter season in November and December, the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup brings together professional skiers to compete in ski racing. With both men’s and women’s races and some high speed skiing, it’s an impressive event to watch.

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