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“Breathtaking”
Review of Lake Louise

Lake Louise
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Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Lake Louise
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Owner description: Beautiful lake surrounded by woods and hiking trails.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Lake Louise by taking the free shuttle from the village. This runs every 15mins or so. We decided to walk to the head of Lake Louise and it was truly wonderful. This is an easy walk, there are a few other more difficult trails to walk if you want something a little more energetic. This is clearly a must when you visit Lake Louise. It won’t be a quiet, people free visit though. Understandable.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone wants to see Lake Louise part of Alberta's Banff National Park requires a park pass to enjoy and park your vehicle. It is a spectacular lake with a walking trail.

On this rainy and unseasonably cool June day it was flooded with large tour busses and hundreds of tourists along the shores taking selfies, you won't get a shot without someone else in it background or foreground. Everyone jostling for the perfect selfie shot and talking. Hardly tranquil.

Even the walk halfway around the lake was packed with people, no picnic opportunities choose a quieter area.

1  Thank chickandbeast
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Half of our group walked the Lake Louise lakeshore and returned to the terrace for cheesecake and drinks. My son and I continued on up to the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Tea House for a very enjoyable afternoon. If we'd had another day I would have round-tripped to Agnes Lake as well. This is a very nice trail head with lots of options - or...fantastic views right along the shore. We were able to find open parking spots both times we were there, just keep circling, people are leaving all the time. Canoes also look like fun, but we were there to hike!

Thank Tom Z
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We travelled from Bow Valley Campground to Lake Louise in the late morning with our family and two young sons. (3 & 7mths) It was a beautiful drive! It took just over an hour.
We chose to use the free shuttle into Lake Louise rather than try to find parking. We drove around the small village on our own later but it is mainly hotels. The shuttle parking lot is about 3km before the village of Lake Louise. Plenty of parking there. Shuttles run every 15min. The last one was at 4:30 to the lake with a last return at 5:30 to the parking lot. (The shuttle times are slightly different return to the village.)We took the last shuttle at 4:30 to the lake. Bus was almost empty. Large yellow school buses drive you up and drop you off fairly close to the lake. Public washrooms are very near to the bus stop.
The lake just appears out of the trees and it is amazing! It’s so hard to capture with a camera. Take time to soak it in. Plenty of people as well. Take a few first pics then head around the lake to the back of the hotel for better views and less people.
Even though it was June it was cool. We had sunshine and that made all the difference. If rainy or windy dress warmly. Pants, socks, jackets and maybe a touque! A small Parks Canada gift shop is on site which does sell warm bits.
While leaving we noticed that there were parking spots available. I would visit after 5-6pm as we did for less people.
All Parks Canada personal were friendly and hospitable. They had to field random and repetitive questions from people from all over the world. And did so with patience.

1  Thank Elainaevie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Louise is a beautiful lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. It is known for its turquoise blue water. It is a glacier fed Lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. There is a canoe dock in the summer and I am told a skating rink on the frozen lake in the winter. Peak periods to visit the lake is from May to October so expect lots of traffice to this resort,. You do have to have a Banff National Park Pass to visit the Lake. I was told to expect delays between the hours 9AM to 7 PM expecially on the weekends. Lake Louise is open all year long but it is advised to arrive before 9 AM to beat the rush and the traffic.

Thank Apopka1564
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