Welcome to Lake Louise

Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Lake Louise. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.


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About Lake Louise, Alberta

general city info

Arrival Information:

All of our guests will have their arrival to Lake Louise organized by Canada Rail Vacations. Whether you arrive on the Rocky Mountaneer, finishing a tour fromBanff, Calgary or Jasper or being transferred from the Calgary airport, your driver will drop you at your hotel front door.

Departure Information:

All of our guests will have their departure from Lake Louise organized by Canada Rail Vacations. Whether you hop on the Rocky Mountaneer, start a tour toBanff, Calgary or Jasper or have a transfer to the Calgary airport, your driver will safely drop you at your destination at the scheduled time.

Restaurant Recommendations:

Due to the idiosyncrasy of Lake Louise most dining options are within the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel and reservations are strongly recommended. These are some of them:

  • Fairview Bar & Restaurant ~ Elegant and vibrant dishes highlight everything from wild boar to Brant Lake wagyu, accompanied by a bounty of local produce, while distinctive cocktails and the comprehensive wine list round out your experience in the art deco–detailed space. Attire: smart casual
  • Walliser Stube ~ Choose from a tempting variety of classic Swiss, German and Alpine dishes influenced by regional styles, or experience our authentic Swiss Fondue. Attire: smart casual
  • Alpine Social ~ If you’re looking for hearty comfort food, you’ve found it. Its artisan, locally grown, alpine-inspired food and it tastes even better at 5,200 feet. Attire: casual

Sightseeing Recommendations:

Lake Louise is considered the jewel of Banff National Park and offers a great variety of activities and places to explore right at the hotel doorstep. Here are a few of them:

Lake Louise Gondola ~ Enjoy the panoramic splendor of the majestic Canadian Rockies in an open chair or gondola and thrill to the beauty of gleaming glaciers, alpine vistas, tranquil crystal lakes and really wild wildlife. Experience a relaxing 15-minute ride to a top elevation of 2088 meters (6850 feet). Explore the terrain at the top, and you will discover why this magical place is home to so many grizzly bears as you watch over one of the best bear habitats in Banff National Park and then view wildflowers and abundant plant life where two eco-regions meet. When you descend from the peak, your adventure at the award-winning Wildlife Interpretation Centre begins. Complimentary shuttle service from Lake Louise hotels is provided, and the travel time is 15 minutes to the gondola.

Lake Louise Canoe Rentals ~ Enjoy the pristine glacial waters of Lake Louise paddling a traditional canoe. Canoe rentals are available at the boathouse, located on the west shore of the lake. Each canoe may be rented at an hourly rate and can hold either three adults or two adults and two small children under 55 pounds (25 kilograms) each.

Horseback Riding in Lake Louise ~ Experience the feel of the Wild West on horseback with nothing but breathtaking scenery for the entire ride.

Right outside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise you will find the trailheads to many spectacular hikes from where to enjoy the majestic scenery this place boasts, from moderate to challenging here are a few of them:
– The Plain of the Six Glaciers
– Big Beehive
– Lake Agnes and the Tea House
– Mount Fairview
– Mirror Lake