Lake Louise
Lake Louise
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  • John S
    Altoona, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    We came to visit the park and this was a bucket list site. The lake is beautiful, especially with the surrounding mountains. The weather wasn’t great for us, cloudy, but can’t control that. The bad part was the overwhelming crowds. So many people everywhere.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,833 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant, but very busy.
    Yep, beautiful, spoilt only by the humungous Hotel next to it! It is a stunning area, and well worth a visit. We did it by a commercial tour and got 30/40 minutes on site, which was enough for us. The issue to note if you are driving, car parking is a lottery, gets really busy. And that means the lake gets very busy and you may have to wait to get the personal photo you want. But if you are in Banff, definite place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Jonique Life
    Australia1,607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake Louise
    This place is stunning WOW! It’s a must if visiting Alberta. Just be aware you need to pay a park fee PLUS there is a parking fee which is around $21. You also need to get here early, we arrived at 7.30am and the first carpark was already full. The lake is beautiful though, and make sure you try to make it up to Lake Agnes at least, we completed our trip all the way to the Big Beehive then Devils Thumb. These hikes are hard and very steep with even some cliff faces but if confident please go, the views are worth it. These hikes were around 13 km return. “Jonique Life” If you find value in our reviews please consider following our social media outlets on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight magical places you can add to your ever growing bucket list.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • coolmammaa
    1,673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beyond amazing
    You need a bus reservation to go!! You don’t need to spend a lot of money, make sure you use the government website! Only $11CAD If you dont get the bus, there is a way to walk ( 10km) I parked my car behind the gas station near the visitor center >>> don’t forget to leave your printed ticket on the dashboard. It’s going to be tough to beat lake Moraine and Lake Louise. What an amazing place! Surreal I have no words to describe this experience! The trails were amazing. Be aware that Louise is way crowded than Moraine. You gonna need patience but it’s so worthy! The trail to the Tea house is amazing and full of surprises! Tough but amazing
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • wayne B
    Maryborough, Australia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    My wife and i set the alarm for 4.00am and drove from Banff where we were staying to Lake Louise to catch the sunrise. To begin us and one other couple were there for the first part and then it become very crowded, which was to be expected. Pictures can't describe what an amazing morning we had watching and waiting. The views were breath taking and the different colours on the lake were something we will remember for the rest of our lives. The backdrop of the mountains the colour of the lake it is truly an amazing experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey659 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I made a reservation to take a bus to Lake Louise, and the environment was spectacular!
    I made a reservation several months earlier to tour Lake Louise and Moraine Lake by bus from a Park & Ride. Otherwise, these destinations were closed to the public due to the voluminous crowds. Lake Louise had stunning scenery with regard to its turquoise-colored water, its gigantic trees, and its snowy mountains. I saw people who rode canoes in the water, but this activity was insanely expensive to do. I took a walk along the lake for approximately one (1) mile in both directions. The Fairmont Château Lake Louise was also a breathtaking site, but I only got to go inside of it for a short amount of time. Ultimately, I took the bus back to the Park & Ride after a short line.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Jeff J
    Barrie, Canada665 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Scenic
    The Mountain/Glacial views with the turquoise lake in early July were breathtaking. Beautiful place but very crowded which lowered it's appeal to me. organized Canada parks shuttles system worked good. Much preferred emerald lake nearby.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parking is a Nightmare
    After trying to coke earlier in the day and could not park we went and took in another areas. We came back a few hours later & still was forced to out to main road down and come back. Horrible planning/parking techniques. After see so many leave they sent us to the upper level to park. Another rip off .. paid parking $21 (cad) 15.90 usd. As far as the lake it was beautiful.. but SO many people. Makes it hard to get any good photos because people are just plain rude !! We took a few photos, walked a little along the shore and then had enough. At least we were able to drive there and park opposed to Moraine which is another tourist Rio off.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Ldyanghara
    Trabuco Canyon, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!!!!! Get there very early!!!
    This was my second favorite lake in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake being my favorite. The water color and scenery are to die for! Our tour group got there at 8:30 am and it was already quite crowded! You must get there by this time if you want to avoid big crowds. This stop is a complete must!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Jeanie E
    Mnemba, Tanzania355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Lake AND AREA
    When you arrive at Lake Louise, it is quite crowded in July and the end of the Lake where you enter. The view is beautiful and that is all many people see. I want to urge people to walk a bit around the lake! "Walk into the picture" and see the view from various angles. It is still beautiful and you get more of a "feel" for the lake itself by doing this. The mountains surrounding the Lake and the forests all deserve to be enjoyed. We walked up to the Lake Agnes tea house, then up the Big Beehive, down the other side and up to the Plain of 6 glaciers for a full day walk. If you take your time, you can do it, too. This is spectacular! the many views, meadows and vistas will forge into your mind and you will fully experience the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
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Greater London, UK1,061 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We had been staying at the adjacent Fairmont Chateau and the view from the hotel was spectacular. With it being the festive season it was like something out of a classic movie set - but better. You can rent ice skates from the hotel for a couple of hours and enjoy the wonderful scenery whilst giving your legs a workout. They entire area was stunning and would probably be just as impressive for different reasons in the summer when the lake wasn’t frozen. This is a must see location and the adjacent facilities at the hotel are excellent. Be aware that the distance from the town to the Lake isn’t too far - but is problematic to reach without transport. We hired a local taxi from downtown as the hourly frequency of the hotel shuttle meant a long wait if you missed it (as we did). You can negotiate a fare, but be aware that it can be up to $20 per person if the weather turns bad!
Written January 18, 2020
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX15,854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We thought Lake Louise was absolutely beautiful. The setting looks like something you would see on a postcard - gorgeous aquamarine water, snow capped mountains, stands of pine trees, an amazing historic hotel, hiking trails. Surprisingly it wasn't our favorite lake, just due to the crowd factor. Lots of people jostling to take the perfect photo. The parking lot fills up early, so we took the shuttle here from the Park and Ride center. The line was quite long with about a forty minute wait; luckily this year they're starting a new program which allows people to buy shuttle tickets online ahead of time. I love that they're doing that. We had planned to eat lunch at the historic hotel, but they told us that first priority went to guests, and unfortunately there was no room for other visitors. Had we known that was a possibility, we would have packed something and brought it along with us for a picnic at the lake. Overall we're happy we went - the lake is iconic and stunning, but if you're looking for a serene, peaceful experience, there are several other beautiful lakes in the area you can visit that don't have the overcrowded nature of this one.
Written March 8, 2020
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TourerSussex
East Sussex, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We arrived at Lake Louise at 9.00 in the morning on a weekend early September. It was a beautiful clear sunny day and the car park was full, so we left. We decided to try a couple of days later this time arriving in the dark at 6.00 in the morning, the car park was empty, but it was cold, damp and cloudy which was a shame. We waited in the car for daylight then headed to the lake, although it wasn’t the best weather is was still a beautiful sight. A group of young ladies were somewhat annoying posing for selfies on the lake shore rocks. oblivious to others who just wanted photographs of this natural beauty. We walked to the end of the lake but didn’t hike to Lake Agnes. Instead we took the shuttle to Morraine Lake.
Written April 30, 2020
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Jason Robert south
Canmore, Canada260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
It was our first time visiting Lake Louise from Ontario. Upon arrival, it was super busy at 8am, but it wasn't overly populated. I recommend you arrive at lake Louise at 8am or before, or at night time past 530pm. Luckily the sun stays up until around 10pm.

We decided to follow the path around the lake to the back of Lake Louise and hiked up the hill not knowing what to expect. I only hear about people visiting the lake and doing some canoeing, but not too many people hike the trails behind.

It was a gradual climb, but it's doable for everyone and the view is super rewarding. The best part was standing under the mountains still covered in snow and being able to see Lake Louise and the valley behind you. We even managed to see some ground squirrels, a porcupine and chipmunks.

We had also hiked to the tea house at the top for a quick drink and snack. They take credit card, but it's a 4.00 fee. You need to bring cash with you. The menu is basically all vegetarian and nothing too exciting. Wouldn't eat there again.

Overall, it was about a 2 hour hike up and down is a bit quicker. It's a must to see Lake Louise, but hiking behind is 100x better. You'll love it there.
Written July 18, 2020
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IzzyEdmonton
Edmonton, Canada705 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We come here almost every summer and every year, we have run into massive crowds and it is NOT pleasant, not to mention damage to the sensitive ecosystem. We came today and it was sooooo pleasant! No huge crowds, limited car access!

We were able to take photos in front of the lake and did not even have to dodge thousands of tourists. Yes, I know, we were tourists too, but we were local tourists. I think it is really important to limit the number of cars and people coming to the lake daily. If you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel, you get complimentary parking at the Chateau Lake Louise (summer deal for local residents). If you are not staying at a Fairmont, then the best thing to do is to park at the overflow parking on Highway 1, then take their bus up to the lake.

Once at the lake, there are several trails to choose from - one to suit every level of fitness. If you don't want anything strenuous, there is a nice flat trail that goes along the lake. If you want something a little more work, you can hike up to the Tea House or even the Glaciers.

There are canoes and paddle boards for rent. It is an experience that should not be missed.
Written June 28, 2021
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Em_CO1216
Littleton, CO21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My husband surprised me with a trip to Lake Louise for Christmas. I was super excited but to be honest a little bummed that we were going in the winter vs spring/summer so we wouldn't see the turquoise water. However, once we got there, the view is amazing no matter the season. I think it was probably even better to go in the winter; less people and we were able to enjoy the frozen lake each morning with no crowds (before 10 am)! Our pictures were beautiful with the snow peak mountains in the background and the ice castle is impressive to view. Plus, there's something amazing about walking across a frozen lake in the middle of a national park that is a wow factor. Needless to say, no matter what season you go, the lake is beautiful and worth seeing!
Written February 6, 2020
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Backpacker59
Crawley, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful lake with a nice easy walk around it and lots of other more difficult hiking options. We visited at the start of June and the lake was still mostly frozen over. They said it was a few weeks behind the normal schedule for thawing. The guide said the best time to go is late September, to see the lake unfrozen but also avoid the crowds. The guide said that in the summer they get 20,000 visitors to the lake a day, not including the Fairmont hotel guests, so I imagine it would be very crowded in the summer.

During the winter you can cross country ski and ice skate on the frozen lake. In the summer you can rent a canoe (it is very expensive - 150 dollars an hour!!). During this time when it is slowly thawing you cannot go on the lake.
Written June 8, 2022
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WengFamily2022
Markham, Canada9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were there on August long weekend. The lake was packed with people the little lake is filled with boats. The parking lot is full before 6:00am. The only way to get to Lake Louise and Moraine lake is by shuttle bus which you book from Parks Canada in advance. It's difficult to take a good picture when the lake is so crowded with people. There is a big hotel right beside it. The boat rental is $145 per hour, and the line is extremely long.

There are plenty of lakes around Banff and Jasper area that's as nice as Lake Louise and I don't think it's worth the trouble to stay in Lake Louise.
Written August 7, 2022
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Michael D
Edmonton, Canada5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Highly disappointing! We signed up for the Parks Canada Moraine Lake & Lake Louise shuttle bus having been told that there would be nowhere to park our own vehicle at either of these sites. The organisation of this process is fraught with problems — atrocious signage or lack thereof coupled with confused (uncaring?) staff which is inexcusable after months to figure out how to do things. We were initially directed to a parking space almost a quarter-mile from the shuttles — an impossible distance for my wife to walk. I eventually found the handicap parking area largely by ignoring the flag-people. When we arrived at Moraine Lake, our first stop, there were numerous parking spaces available despite the workers blocking the access road.

The greatest disappointment still awaited us at Lake Louise. Unmentioned in any of the information is that Fairmont Hotels have decided that the entire hotel property is restricted to registered guests only. For decades we have enjoyed bringing our friends and relatives to Lake Louise and enjoying a meal in the hotel and shopping in the various shops after viewing the lake. Not now! We couldn't even pick up a to-go sandwich in Chateau Lake Louise's TOTALLY DEVOID OF CUSTOMERS take away.

To cap off the day "the departs every 15 minute return shuttle" required a 45 minute wait standing in a parking lot. No seating area...nowhere to get even a bottle of water.

We will never patronise a Fairmont Hotels property again and wish that it was possible to leave a rating of less than one star.

We won't be back
Written September 10, 2022
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Christophe B
Quebec City, Canada804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Iconic lake in Alberta. Early in the morning, you may get the chance to see the sun reflecting on the mountains and the lake for an amazing picture perfect emerald looking lake. + you avoid crowds early in the morning. I highly suggest going for a canoe ride - it's worth the money.
Written August 16, 2020
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