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Exploring Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta

based on 16 reviews


Added by Seth Langbauer

Take in amazing lake views and stop to enjoy the local tea houses when in season.

Lake Louise is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada, with reason. Many tourist walk the paved path round and head home. They miss out though.

Hiking to the various tea houses surrounding the lake is a must. An easy 2 mile hike from the lake lies a tea house perched on a hill in a tight cirque of peaks. Mirror Lake, at the foot of the Big Beehive, shows reflections of the peaks that surround it.

Unfortunately during the fall, the tea houses are closed. But, this doesn't warrant skipping the hike. Pack your own tea, and enjoy the porch of the tea house with out the crowds.

The impressive peaks and lakes of the area are not to be missed. Worth every step of the hike you'll be blown away by the place.

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If you’re in Banff, you better add this place to your list! Get there early, the parking lot does fill up pretty fast for obvious reasons! The view of the lake with the giant mountains behind it is picture perfect every time

Beautiful lake, but crowded with tourists taking photos. Wish we had more time to do all of the hikes in the area. We did schedule high tea at the chateau after doing the easy walking trail around the lake.

This was one of the best lakes in alberta, and probably one of the most photographed and stopped at. It would be great to get a sunrise photo.

You cannot visit the Canadian Rockies on vacation and skip over Lake Louise. Yes, it is overly crowded but there is a reason. It is magnificent. In bright sunlight the lake seems to glow in color while the surrounding mountains tower over you with their glaciers. To get away from the crowds, there are doable day hikes all throughout the area and to finish the day off you're able to grab dinner at the many restaurants nearby. There are days worth of activities just within Lake Louise itself so go for it, spend a few days here, and indulge yourself!

This is probably the most iconic lake in Canada and it definitely lives up to the hype! It's a great place to spend the day and explore the area.

You can walk on a shore of the lake. Very easy walk takes about 30 minutes from where you can see beautiful rocks formations !

This lake, although super busy, is a sure gem when visiting Banff.

Truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Go for sunset, and don't expect solitude. Given the chateau and the lake's general popularity, you'll need to hike a bit further from the main viewing platform if you want any peace and quiet.

This spot almost speaks for itself, but it's obviously worth going to see. We visited in late Winter and there were still plenty of people walking around. We stuck around for sunset and luckily only had a few people with us. If you're looking for isolation it will be difficult but nevertheless I highly recommend going to check out Lake Louise and the surrounding area.

The lake was a brilliant blue and it was very scenic but a little crowded.

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Snowshoe to Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes

Hike to the Devils Thumb

Devil's Thumb Scramble

Scramble up Mount Niblock

Hike to Big Beehive

Hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse