Lake Louise — Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” and the “Hiking Capital of Canada”. This area offers a tremendous diversity of recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Lake Louise is home to one of North America’s finest downhill ski areas, and has numerous hiking and walking trails. The region abounds with spectacular scenery, from glaciers to waterfalls.
A quick word to big city dwellers – this is one of the ‘last outposts of man in the area’ – the next nearest ‘destination’ – 3 hours away – is Jasper, the next town out before you’re enroute to Alaska – DO NOT expect to find a booming ‘Aspen’ or ‘Vail’ nightlife experience here. See what Jasper, Canmore and Banff are what visitors and locals love about the area!
You will however find the best powder skiing on the Continent, unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, our famous Canadian Rockies scenery; and perhaps you’ll find yourself again.
The Village of Lake Louise is on the Trans-Canada Highway fifty-seven kilometers (thirty-five miles) west of Banff. This quiet and small village offers a range of travel amenities, fabulous dining opportunities and accommodations.
Visit Golden, British Columbia, a great Rockies town
Golden, a small town about 30 minutes further on, offers a broader diversity of businesses and services. This funky little town is on our up and coming list – while not for everyone; people interested in snowmobiling, and outdoor activities without the crowds are going to appreciate this valley… plus Canada’s newest ski area (KickingHorse) has just opened here – the golfing and fishing is nothing to sneer at either.
Plenty of activities for non-hikers and skiers at Lake Louise
What to do if you don’t ski or hike? We’ve organized things by month, but some activities could be done in multiple months or multiple seasons. Scan this whole page for ideas.
Round out your Icefields Parkway tour
Stretch your legs at one of the short trails along the way. Not only does Bow Summit offer one of the most famous views in the Rockies (Peyto Lake), but also a short interpretive trail that meanders through high elevation meadows.