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Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

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Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

We will be visiting both Banff and Lake Louise over a 3 - 4 day period. We currently have booked 3 nights at a hotel in Banff. Is there any advantage to booking one of those nights in Lake Louise or will be be able to tour both areas with our base in Banff?

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1. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

its only 45 minutes by car between the two so its easy to do as a day trip from Banff. The advantage of moving to LL one nite is it puts you closer if your adding Yoho or want an early start up to Jasper on the Pkwy. I do it as you get ahead of all the others doing the same thing.. Staying in Banff you could do the same thing just start a bit earlier.

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2. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

As davidgmg mentioned, no you don't need to book separate stays in each. LL is a very small hamlet with very limited services and accommodation is very expensive there due to the high demand. Additionally, most of the accommodation is in the valley adjacent to the highway... you will pay a huge premium to be up at the lake itself. Budget concerns aside, it's purely a matter of personal preference... for me, I like to avoid unecessary hotel transfers because I find the checking in and out, getting settled in and packed up again etc. gobbles up time better spent doing other things - but you may have other preferences.

If you do visit LL as a day trip from Banff, be sure to drive the Bow Valley Parkway at least once. We prefer driving it when we are in "holiday mode" (as opposed to getting from point a to point b as quickly as possible) ... it's a much more relaxing drive.

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3. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

Thank you for the tips!!

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4. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

You may also find this TripAdvisor Traveller Article, " Banff vs Lake Louise etc.", helps to fill in some additional pros and cons of each location, plus a few more that you may not have considered:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154910-c14815/Banff-…

Traveller Articles are written by TA members like you and me, in response to popular forum questions.

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5. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

You guys said it all. The advantage of LL is if you are going to Yoho or Icefield Parkway. Otherwise, hotel at Banff will do the job. Johnston Canyon is located between LL and Banff, so you can really take Lake Louis, Moraine Lake in the morning (ideal time to visit), gondola in early afternoon, then Johnston Canyon, Vermillion Lakes between 4-8pm.

OT: krp, we went to gorgeous Parker Ridge just last Sunday around noon, there were other hikers within our eyesight 80% of the time so we felt very safe. Thanks again for your trail condition report. btw, did you take Bow Summit Lookout trail? How's it compare to Parker Ridge in terms of popularity and difficulty?

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6. Re: Do you need separate hotels to visit Banff and Lake Louise

thanks everyone!

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