Top 7 Things to Do in Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is famous for its stunning turquoise waters framed by snow-capped mountains in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

But just taking pictures and leaving isn't the best and only way to enjoy the Rocky Mountains. You'd miss out on so much fun! Some might say, "But I'm not an adventure type." You don't have to be! Lake Louise has something for everyone.

We're here to tell you about some of the coolest things you can do in Lake Louise. Ready to explore beyond the photo ops? Let’s get into it!

Top 7 Things to Do in Lake Louise

1. Lake Louise Lakeshore Walk

The Lake Louise Lakeshore walk is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to soak in the beauty of Lake Louise without the strain of a steep hike. Spanning about 2km one way, it's an ideal path for a leisurely hour-long stroll.

What's cool about this trail is that it's super smooth and well-kept, making it a great spot for everyone - even wheelchairs and strollers. Along the way are benches where you can sit, relax, and watch a beautiful sunset.

You'll see boards with stories and facts about Lake Louise as you walk. These can make your journey even more interesting as you learn about the area while enjoying the incredible scenery.

Walking to the end, you'll find the river flowing into Lake Louise, which is pretty to see. Also, look up at the cliffs because you might spot rock climbers doing their thing. It's pretty exciting to watch!

2. Paddle Your Way Across Lake Louise

Canoeing in Lake Louise is like stepping into a postcard. The turquoise waters, with Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier in the background, create a scene so perfect it almost doesn't seem real.

If you plan to canoe, expect to see a line, especially in the busy season. People usually start lining up early in the morning. Although the wait might be a bit long, the line moves fast.

The boathouse opens at 9 a.m., and canoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When it comes to choosing your canoeing adventure, you have two options:

  • 30-minute ride
  • 60-minute ride

Trust us, you'll want the full hour. This gives you enough time to explore the entire length of the lake and even take a break from paddling without feeling rushed.

Quick Tip: Keep an eye on the weather. For safety reasons, canoe rentals may pause if the winds pick up. But don't let this discourage you. These winds usually pass quickly, and the boathouse will reopen.

3. Go Hiking

The west end of Banff National Park is home to some of the area's most spectacular and beloved guided hikes. Here are some of the popular hikes:

  • Kicking Horse Trail: Take a 4.7-mile hike that starts with a downhill walk, making it a bit different from your usual trails. It’s a medium-level hike where you’ll see amazing scenery as you head towards Kicking Horse Pass.
  • Plain of Six Glaciers Trail: Traverse a moderate hiking trail for about 4-5 hours amidst Lake Louise's dramatic glaciers and cascading waterfalls, ending at a historic tea house.
  • Lake Agnes Teahouse Trail: Enjoy a 2-3 hour trek to epic views of Lake Agnes and the towering peaks, culminating at a charming tea house that's been a hiker's delight since 1905.
  • Big Beehive Trail: Challenge yourself on a moderately tough, 10.4 km journey leading to sweeping panoramic views from atop the Big Beehive, overlooking Lake Louise.
  • Sentinel Pass/Larch Valley Trail: Tackle this tough 11.6 km hike, taking around 5-6 hours, to reach awe-inspiring heights and gaze out over the majestic peaks surrounding Lake Louise.

Hiking in Lake Louise & Banff National Park

Hiking in Banff National Park is at its best during summer. Some trails are accessible year-round, but verifying this before heading out is wise. Always be prepared with:

  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Bear spray for safety on remote trails

4. E-Biking

Take an e-bike spin and find yourself surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Lake Louise! These electric bikes are just the thing for an easy ride, perfect for anyone new to cycling or looking to try something different. You can effortlessly reach must-see spots like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Bikes are available for rent all day long. If you're just getting into biking, renting one of these for an afternoon is a fantastic way to get a feel for the fun.

If you want more fun, take your e-bikes to Bow Valley Parkway, where you'll see a number of popular spots like Johnston Canyon, Morant's Curve, and Castle Mountain.

The road winds through the valley with many scenic viewpoints, picnic areas, and attractions like Johnston Canyon, Morant's Curve, and Castle Mountain.

5. Fly Above with the Lake Louise Gondola

Hop on the Lake Louise Gondola for an unforgettable journey to the mid-mountain station, where the views are nothing short of spectacular.

During your ride, keep an eye out for local wildlife, including the chance to spot bears safely from above.

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

This ride is perfect for anyone who wants to see all the amazing views without climbing up the mountain - from Whitehorn Mountain to Lake Louise Village.

While the actual ride takes about 13 minutes one way (adding up to 26 minutes for a round trip), we invite you to set aside between one to three hours to embrace the experience fully.

Lake Louise Winter Sightseeing Gondola

Guests can choose between riding in an enclosed cabin for a cozy journey or an open-air chair to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty—both options running on the same lift line. While there are typically no lineups, guests can easily book their gondola time in 30-minute intervals.

Tickets can be easily purchased online through the resort's website or in person with the Guest Services staff at the resort.

6. Skiing and Snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Resort

At Lake Louise Ski Resort, you're stepping into a winter wonderland with one of the longest ski seasons in North America.

Here at Lake Louise, you have more than 4,200 acres of snowy playground to explore. That means tons of space for skiing, snowboarding, and just having a blast in the snow!

If you're thinking, "But I don't really know how to ski," don't worry! Lake Louise has ski and snowboard lessons for everyone. Teachers are super friendly and know how to make learning fun, whether it's your first time in the snow or you want to improve.

With 164 named runs spread over four mountain faces, you will surely find the perfect slope that matches your vibe.

Lake Louise Skier

Check out the Lake Louise Plus+Card if you plan to spend a few days or more around here. It's a sweet deal for anyone looking to make the most of their ski trip.

You can also step into a winter wonderland with guided snowshoe tours or venture out on your own by renting snowshoes; either way, you'll be walking on a snowy path to adventure.

7. Dining High Up in Lake Louise

When you're high up in the mountains of Lake Louise, getting a great meal is part of the outdoor adventure. Our on-mountain dining spots offer awesome food with astonishing views you can't find just anywhere. And compared to other places around, we're all about giving our guests a good deal and a great time.

Our mid-mountain dining spot, Whitehorn Bistro, offers not only exceptional farm-to-table cuisine but also some of the best views of Lake Louise.

The menu at Whitehorn Bistro features fresh, farm-to-table dishes made with ingredients from local farms and suppliers.

Just a heads up, during the winter, you can only get to the bistro by skiing or snowboarding, and you'll need a valid lift pass.

Whitehorn Bistro

Down in the base area, you're spoilt for choice, with up to four distinct dining locations open to welcome you regardless of the season:

  • Powder Keg Lounge (Open only in the winter)
  • Lodge of Ten Peaks Café
  • Banded Peak Base Camp Smokehouse
  • Slopeside Coffee Bar

Is Lake Louise Worth Visiting?

Absolutely, Lake Louise is a must-visit destination, bustling with activity in the heart of Banff National Park.

It's a haven for adventurers, travelers, and explorers, offering a world of experiences that truly belong on every Canadian travel bucket list.

Lake Louise has:

  • Breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Pristine turquoise lakes
  • Unique wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Year-round outdoor activities
  • A vibrant history and culture to discover

Conclusion

Lake Louise is a special place that makes you stop and look around, really look, and see how beautiful the world is. While it's known for its postcard-worthy vistas, many don't talk about how it stirs something deep within you.

If you're seeking an experience that goes beyond the usual, visit Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola.

With beautiful Lake Louise and Moraine Lake nearby, you can start your day with us and use our Park & Ride for an easy shuttle to these famous spots. Enjoy less crowded views, awesome wildlife, and fun activities like hiking and canoeing.

It's an experience you won't want to miss! Get tickets and passes today!