Lake Louise
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  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parking is a Nightmare
    After trying to coke earlier in the day and could not park we went and took in another areas. We came back a few hours later & still was forced to out to main road down and come back. Horrible planning/parking techniques. After see so many leave they sent us to the upper level to park. Another rip off .. paid parking $21 (cad) 15.90 usd. As far as the lake it was beautiful.. but SO many people. Makes it hard to get any good photos because people are just plain rude !! We took a few photos, walked a little along the shore and then had enough. At least we were able to drive there and park opposed to Moraine which is another tourist Rio off.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Ldyanghara
    Trabuco Canyon, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!!!!! Get there very early!!!
    This was my second favorite lake in the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake being my favorite. The water color and scenery are to die for! Our tour group got there at 8:30 am and it was already quite crowded! You must get there by this time if you want to avoid big crowds. This stop is a complete must!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Jeanie E
    Mnemba, Tanzania353 contributions
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    Lovely Lake AND AREA
    When you arrive at Lake Louise, it is quite crowded in July and the end of the Lake where you enter. The view is beautiful and that is all many people see. I want to urge people to walk a bit around the lake! "Walk into the picture" and see the view from various angles. It is still beautiful and you get more of a "feel" for the lake itself by doing this. The mountains surrounding the Lake and the forests all deserve to be enjoyed. We walked up to the Lake Agnes tea house, then up the Big Beehive, down the other side and up to the Plain of 6 glaciers for a full day walk. If you take your time, you can do it, too. This is spectacular! the many views, meadows and vistas will forge into your mind and you will fully experience the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Jemma Lovie
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom132 contributions
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    Absolutely Beautiful!
    Before our recent holiday we had read about Lake Louise and how it was a must visit attraction for the Banff National Park and after visiting it in person, I must agree. The beauty of the Lake and surrounding mountains with glacier views is out of this world. The green colour of the glacial fed lake eclipses any pictures you will see online and really must be experienced in person. The beauty of this place will genuinely leave you in awe and no photo will ever do it justice, no filters are required. The Fairmont Hotel at the lake has facilities to eat, drink or use the bathroom meaning you can comfortably spend a few hours at the lake taking in its splendour. The only thing the pictures don't prepare you for is just how busy it can be. There were crowds of tourists at every turn making it slightly more tricky to capture the perfect picture but everyone is courteous and if you wait your turn, you will get a chance to photograph this rare natural beauty. Fully recommend anyone travelling through the area to spend a bit of time at Lake Louise to enjoy nature at its finest.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Andrew R
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Lake but Horrible Process to get There
    Lake Louise was beautiful. It looked exactly as it does in photos. We went canoeing and it was very peaceful, I highly recommend! We drove to the park and ride but the process is horrible to get tickets. You need to book through Parks Canada for the tickets at 8am MT and they are basically sold out as soon as they are available. I spent 2 hours refreshing until I was able to get enough tickets to go. We parked at the park and ride, got our tickets, they didn't even check our tickets before letting us on the bus so anyone could really get on whether they spent the time to get one or not. It was a coach bus that took us to Lake Louise and only 10 people including ourselves were on it. It was about 90% empty which makes me wonder why it was so hard to get tickets. Overall, excluding the process to get to Lake Louise, it was an experience I'd recommend to anyone!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • sukhjiwan h
    Walsall, United Kingdom168 contributions
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    Stunning
    This place is stunning, never seen a lake like this before. Perfect backdrop of ice covered mountains and trees. Didn't have time to take a canoe trip on the lake, but would have loved too. I'd recommend pre booking the park and ride bus service, we didn't and struggled to find parking nearby, and missed out on the visit to Moraine lake as it's only accessible for the bus service (unless walking)
    Visited August 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Jane M
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very long wslk
    Did the hike to the 6 Glaciers tearoom. Pretty vigorous one you got off the lakeshore. Long uphill climb but the fantastic scenery made up for the exertion. Tearoom was great. Good lunch provided although expensive. Hiked back along the trail to Lake Agnes. More uphill but forested trail was pretty beautiful. Had a restorative drink in the Chateau bar. Lots of signs say guests only but you can just ignore them. Bar was happy to serve “visitors”.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Navigate09283089993
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There
    Well for you all who have read how fantastic Lake Louise is! wrong!! it's a minus 5* having previously walked around another lake nearby, which was devine, a beautiful emerald colour with majestic mountains framing the lake. Please please don't waste your money and time?? at Lake Louise there's so much better in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Gibo86
    49 contributions
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    Beautiful place
    This was on our list of things to do. Having read up before we left the uk about the park and ride system I still didn’t book it. I stupidly thought that there was no limit. I mean how busy can it get?? We very nearly didn’t end up going as we soon realised the day before that the park and ride was full!!!! We checked into Lake Louise hardsided campground about 5.45pm and asked whether there was anyway we could get to the lake having not booked. They advised that the lake gets quieter the later it gets so to try later on in the evening. We got to the lake at 7.30pm ish just in time to see the sun setting behind the mountains. We parked up no problem loads of parking spaces. I didn’t see any buses so assume they had finished for the day? I just read a review that said parking was expensive. We didn’t pay for parking. I saw no machines so wonder whether this is manned during the day upon entry? Either that or I just missed it 😬 The lake itself is beautiful and a real tourist trap. I’m glad I got to see it even better as it wasn’t crazy busy. I’d imagine it can be hell on earth during that peak of the day. I’d say worth it but avoid the peak of the day….
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Naresh Karani
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking summer views of the most famous lake in Banff
    My wife and I visited Lake Louise with our son during our four-day trip to Banff/Jasper/Yoho National Parks whilst driving across the most scenic Trans-Canada Highway 1. Our first day visit to Lake Louise was foiled due to rain being a spoilsport, and one needs to buy Shuttle Bus tickets in advance to avoid a disappointment. But the lady at the counter suggested that we visit Herbert Lake that is nearby, less frequented by tourists, and more serene and exquisite to experience in a different way. I have a separate review for the same that you could read. Returning to getting Shuttle bus tickets for Lake Louise, one could buy these online as well but we had not done so. Most of the time, road access to Lake Louise is closed, and one can visit only through the Shuttle Bus. We managed to enjoy the views the next day that was sunnier with clear skies. And it was definitely one of the most scenic lakes that is near the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. One needs to be ready for being surrounded by tons of tourists though, given this is the most popular lake in Banff. Nevertheless, a must-visit, given the calm and serene surroundings with the backdrop having the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
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Greater London, UK1,061 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We had been staying at the adjacent Fairmont Chateau and the view from the hotel was spectacular. With it being the festive season it was like something out of a classic movie set - but better. You can rent ice skates from the hotel for a couple of hours and enjoy the wonderful scenery whilst giving your legs a workout. They entire area was stunning and would probably be just as impressive for different reasons in the summer when the lake wasn’t frozen. This is a must see location and the adjacent facilities at the hotel are excellent. Be aware that the distance from the town to the Lake isn’t too far - but is problematic to reach without transport. We hired a local taxi from downtown as the hourly frequency of the hotel shuttle meant a long wait if you missed it (as we did). You can negotiate a fare, but be aware that it can be up to $20 per person if the weather turns bad!
Written 18 January 2020
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX15,992 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We thought Lake Louise was absolutely beautiful. The setting looks like something you would see on a postcard - gorgeous aquamarine water, snow capped mountains, stands of pine trees, an amazing historic hotel, hiking trails. Surprisingly it wasn't our favorite lake, just due to the crowd factor. Lots of people jostling to take the perfect photo. The parking lot fills up early, so we took the shuttle here from the Park and Ride center. The line was quite long with about a forty minute wait; luckily this year they're starting a new program which allows people to buy shuttle tickets online ahead of time. I love that they're doing that. We had planned to eat lunch at the historic hotel, but they told us that first priority went to guests, and unfortunately there was no room for other visitors. Had we known that was a possibility, we would have packed something and brought it along with us for a picnic at the lake. Overall we're happy we went - the lake is iconic and stunning, but if you're looking for a serene, peaceful experience, there are several other beautiful lakes in the area you can visit that don't have the overcrowded nature of this one.
Written 8 March 2020
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TourerSussex
East Sussex, UK94 contributions
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Sept 2019
We arrived at Lake Louise at 9.00 in the morning on a weekend early September. It was a beautiful clear sunny day and the car park was full, so we left. We decided to try a couple of days later this time arriving in the dark at 6.00 in the morning, the car park was empty, but it was cold, damp and cloudy which was a shame. We waited in the car for daylight then headed to the lake, although it wasn’t the best weather is was still a beautiful sight. A group of young ladies were somewhat annoying posing for selfies on the lake shore rocks. oblivious to others who just wanted photographs of this natural beauty. We walked to the end of the lake but didn’t hike to Lake Agnes. Instead we took the shuttle to Morraine Lake.
Written 30 April 2020
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Jason Robert south
Canmore, Canada260 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Friends
It was our first time visiting Lake Louise from Ontario. Upon arrival, it was super busy at 8am, but it wasn't overly populated. I recommend you arrive at lake Louise at 8am or before, or at night time past 530pm. Luckily the sun stays up until around 10pm.

We decided to follow the path around the lake to the back of Lake Louise and hiked up the hill not knowing what to expect. I only hear about people visiting the lake and doing some canoeing, but not too many people hike the trails behind.

It was a gradual climb, but it's doable for everyone and the view is super rewarding. The best part was standing under the mountains still covered in snow and being able to see Lake Louise and the valley behind you. We even managed to see some ground squirrels, a porcupine and chipmunks.

We had also hiked to the tea house at the top for a quick drink and snack. They take credit card, but it's a 4.00 fee. You need to bring cash with you. The menu is basically all vegetarian and nothing too exciting. Wouldn't eat there again.

Overall, it was about a 2 hour hike up and down is a bit quicker. It's a must to see Lake Louise, but hiking behind is 100x better. You'll love it there.
Written 18 July 2020
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IzzyEdmonton
Edmonton, Canada701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We come here almost every summer and every year, we have run into massive crowds and it is NOT pleasant, not to mention damage to the sensitive ecosystem. We came today and it was sooooo pleasant! No huge crowds, limited car access!

We were able to take photos in front of the lake and did not even have to dodge thousands of tourists. Yes, I know, we were tourists too, but we were local tourists. I think it is really important to limit the number of cars and people coming to the lake daily. If you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel, you get complimentary parking at the Chateau Lake Louise (summer deal for local residents). If you are not staying at a Fairmont, then the best thing to do is to park at the overflow parking on Highway 1, then take their bus up to the lake.

Once at the lake, there are several trails to choose from - one to suit every level of fitness. If you don't want anything strenuous, there is a nice flat trail that goes along the lake. If you want something a little more work, you can hike up to the Tea House or even the Glaciers.

There are canoes and paddle boards for rent. It is an experience that should not be missed.
Written 28 June 2021
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Em_CO1216
Littleton, CO21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My husband surprised me with a trip to Lake Louise for Christmas. I was super excited but to be honest a little bummed that we were going in the winter vs spring/summer so we wouldn't see the turquoise water. However, once we got there, the view is amazing no matter the season. I think it was probably even better to go in the winter; less people and we were able to enjoy the frozen lake each morning with no crowds (before 10 am)! Our pictures were beautiful with the snow peak mountains in the background and the ice castle is impressive to view. Plus, there's something amazing about walking across a frozen lake in the middle of a national park that is a wow factor. Needless to say, no matter what season you go, the lake is beautiful and worth seeing!
Written 6 February 2020
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Backpacker59
Crawley, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful lake with a nice easy walk around it and lots of other more difficult hiking options. We visited at the start of June and the lake was still mostly frozen over. They said it was a few weeks behind the normal schedule for thawing. The guide said the best time to go is late September, to see the lake unfrozen but also avoid the crowds. The guide said that in the summer they get 20,000 visitors to the lake a day, not including the Fairmont hotel guests, so I imagine it would be very crowded in the summer.

During the winter you can cross country ski and ice skate on the frozen lake. In the summer you can rent a canoe (it is very expensive - 150 dollars an hour!!). During this time when it is slowly thawing you cannot go on the lake.
Written 8 June 2022
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WengFamily2022
Markham, Canada9 contributions
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Aug 2022
We were there on August long weekend. The lake was packed with people the little lake is filled with boats. The parking lot is full before 6:00am. The only way to get to Lake Louise and Moraine lake is by shuttle bus which you book from Parks Canada in advance. It's difficult to take a good picture when the lake is so crowded with people. There is a big hotel right beside it. The boat rental is $145 per hour, and the line is extremely long.

There are plenty of lakes around Banff and Jasper area that's as nice as Lake Louise and I don't think it's worth the trouble to stay in Lake Louise.
Written 7 August 2022
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Michael D
Edmonton, Canada6 contributions
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Sept 2022
Highly disappointing! We signed up for the Parks Canada Moraine Lake & Lake Louise shuttle bus having been told that there would be nowhere to park our own vehicle at either of these sites. The organisation of this process is fraught with problems — atrocious signage or lack thereof coupled with confused (uncaring?) staff which is inexcusable after months to figure out how to do things. We were initially directed to a parking space almost a quarter-mile from the shuttles — an impossible distance for my wife to walk. I eventually found the handicap parking area largely by ignoring the flag-people. When we arrived at Moraine Lake, our first stop, there were numerous parking spaces available despite the workers blocking the access road.

The greatest disappointment still awaited us at Lake Louise. Unmentioned in any of the information is that Fairmont Hotels have decided that the entire hotel property is restricted to registered guests only. For decades we have enjoyed bringing our friends and relatives to Lake Louise and enjoying a meal in the hotel and shopping in the various shops after viewing the lake. Not now! We couldn't even pick up a to-go sandwich in Chateau Lake Louise's TOTALLY DEVOID OF CUSTOMERS take away.

To cap off the day "the departs every 15 minute return shuttle" required a 45 minute wait standing in a parking lot. No seating area...nowhere to get even a bottle of water.

We will never patronise a Fairmont Hotels property again and wish that it was possible to leave a rating of less than one star.

We won't be back
Written 10 September 2022
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Christophe B
Quebec City, Canada821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Iconic lake in Alberta. Early in the morning, you may get the chance to see the sun reflecting on the mountains and the lake for an amazing picture perfect emerald looking lake. + you avoid crowds early in the morning. I highly suggest going for a canoe ride - it's worth the money.
Written 16 August 2020
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