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Address: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Lake Louise to Jasper One-Way Tour

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Beautiful lake worths spending more time admiring.

IMO, this lake is more beautiful than Lake Louise. The difference is Lake Louise has nice hotel and restaurants. There is a lodge and trail here. Allot enough time walking the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Min K
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

IMO, this lake is more beautiful than Lake Louise. The difference is Lake Louise has nice hotel and restaurants. There is a lodge and trail here. Allot enough time walking the trail to admire the lake from different angle. There is a pullout area for tourists to park their vehicles for free. It's can be crowded though as tour buses... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped here on our way to and from Jasper because this lake is absolutely gorgeous. We din't do much more than stop, take it all in, and shoot a couple photos, but you could sit here all day and just admire the beauty. The lake is picturesque and the mountainous background only adds to the awe-inspiring view. Stop here... More 

Thank James S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here as part of a bus tour but had plenty of time to take in the lake, look at the waterfall, glacier and surrounding mountains - there's even a lodge here. There is parking at the lake too, though it can fill up. Can't compare it with other mountain lake scenes you see.

Thank Alice R
clive, ab
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is just so beautiful. We took the bus tour and got alot of wonderful family pictures with this scenery.

Thank canihope
Dartmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by the lake when heading to Jasper... early in the day it is quite beautiful when the water is still and the trees/mountains reflect in the water. We stopped on our way back later in the day and the water was a beautiful shade of blue. It is definitely worth the few minute stop to get out and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here while on the way to Jasper. The lake is very beautiful, giving plenty of photography opportunities.

Thank Tim68256
Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake might've been the easiest for viewing. Going northbound we made a left directly onto the overlook parking area. This happened to be our first stop of the trip and just the start of the beauty we'd see the rest of the week. Glad this was first as some of the other spots were a notch above this, but... More 

Thank hdempsey
Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this lake on a beautiful summers day, outstanding scenery and lovely mountain views. We spent an hour here, but could easily have spent longer, little bridges and walks around the lake.

Thank Eloisehannah
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is not as well-known as some of the others in Banff National Park, but is no less in beauty. You come across this lake on way to Jasper on Icefields Parkway. Lot of people just stop at the main parking lot to take pictures of the lake, but there is actually a hidden picnic area with tables, restrooms... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go see this lake of 2 colors! Because it is fed by glacier water and fed by regular spring water, it has a beauty all its own.

Thank Pam Y

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