LAKE LOUISE MUST-SEE SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Lake Louise has both been known as the Hiking Capital of Canada and the Diamond in the Wilderness. Once you’re here, you will quickly see why. Hiking at Lake Louise is memorable because it is the highest community in Canada at 1530 meters (5,020 ft) so it doesn’t take long to break away and enjoy some of the most breathtaking mountain vistas and glacier lakes. Over 200 km of trails in the immediate vicinity of Lake Louise means we have a trail that’s fit for everyone.
The Lake Agnes Tea House
One of the most famous trails in the Canadian Rockies is known as The Lake Agnes Tea House. From the shore of Lake Louise it ascends 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) on a wide trail which meanders past a captivating waterfall and lake that the Stoney Indians referred to as the “lake in the clouds.” In summer and in fall, the chalet styled teahouse offers baked goods, soups and beverages. Pick a spot on the wrap around porch and take in the unmatched views. The best season to hike is June to October and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise employs Mountain Heritage guides who can lead you on an interpretive tour.
Moraine Lake & The Valley of Ten Peaks
Just a bike ride away from the Chateau is Moraine Lake, nestled amidst the Valley of Ten Peaks which offers priceless views and is surrounded by suitable-for-all-ages walking trails that stroll along the lake’s wooded shores. Although seasonally dependant, the grizzly bear population tends to be a bit higher here, due to the abundance of berries. On such occasions the Park can implement a group hiking mandate, as bears are less likely to bother larger groups. In this case a group of four more are required for hiking the area.
Mount Whithorn & The Lake Louise Gondola
If it’s an easier elevated view you are after, take the Lake Louise Gondola ride to the top of Mount Whitehorn for views across the Bow Valley, Victoria Glacier and Valley of the Ten Peaks. The Gondola will fly you up 443 meters (1,450 feet) and is open June 1st to mid- September. At the top you will find more hiking trails, guided tours and an education center.
Once you’ve had your fill of hiking, we recommend taking a drive you won’t soon forget down the Icefields Parkway. Bold and beautiful, the Icefields Parkway has long since been considered one of the world’s finest scenic drives. This road trip will bring you through mountain peaks, emerald lakes and ancient glaciers. Be sure to pack your camera and take a moment to read the roadside interpretive displays that details the importance of the area. We also encourage you to get a bird’s eye view from an Icefield’s helicopter tour or by riding over the frozen surface in a giant-six-wheeled vehicle known as The Ice Explorer.