Lake Louise has long been a Canadian icon, its stunning blue waters and mountainous surrounds ingrained in the minds of all who have seen it, in person or in pictures. A glacial body of water perched around 5600 feet above sea level within the confines of Banff National Park, Lake Louise is the perfect example of nature’s beauty and magnitude. Fresh mountain air, dazzling colors and exciting adventures await all those who make the bucket-list worthy journey to this inspiring destination. Here’s a little list of some must-try experiences that’ll ensure you make the most of your time by these famous waters. Just writing it had us wanting to jump on the next flight across the pond.
Catch a Canoe
The first thing on most people’s list of things to do when visiting Lake Louise is to get out onto the water in one of those famous canoes, and it’s the top of our list too. Whilst the view from the shoreline is nothing short of spectacular, being right out in the middle of it all, with the mountains closing in above you and the blue of the lake below, is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. You can hop in a boat at any time, but if you’re there on a clear summer’s day, we recommend waking up extra early to embark on a sunrise paddle. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise organizes these excursions throughout August, taking you out as the sun begins to peek over the mountains to illuminate the lake and its surroundings. When you’re finished, they’ll take you back to the boat deck for an al fresco breakfast, so you’ll be perfectly located to watch the world begin to stir.
Alberta is a dream come true for hikers and ramblers. Endless trails zigzag throughout the provinces’ national parks, and the area around Lake Louise is no different. Surrounding the lake there are a number of paths you can take that vary in length and difficulty. For an easy walk resulting in an alternative view of Lake Louise and the world-famous Fairmont Chateau, take a stroll to the far end of the lake and simply look back. If this sounds too easy, however, we recommend having a go at the Plain of Six Glaciers hike. It’s not incredibly difficult, only 5.5 kilometers to reach the end of the trail; but it takes a reasonable amount of perseverance if you’re to complete the 11 kilometer round trip. Luckily enough, the stunning scenery will be enough to keep you enthused throughout, as well as the thought of the refreshments that await at the Six Glaciers Tea House.
A View from Above
As the snow melts away and summer gets into full swing, the Lake Louise Gondola springs into action and begins transporting visitors up to an altitude of 6850 feet. As you can imagine, the views from such a vantage point are just breath-taking. You’ll be able to see for miles around, and the Fairmont Chateau will look small enough to hold in your hand. What’s more, the journey up to this point is just as notable as the final destination. You’ll be moving through the air for around 14 minutes, and trust us; you should keep your eyes peeled throughout. You see, it’s not uncommon for a foraging bear to appear on the mountains below, a sight which will no doubt make your whole gondola experience even more memorable.
Be a Mountaineer
For the ultimate adventure, let us hook you up with a reputable rock climbing group and take a lesson in ascending rock faces right on the shores of Lake Louise. Yet another way to enjoy some birds eye views over the lake, rock climbing is also incredibly exciting and exhilarating. Whether you’re a dab hand at the climbing business or have never even laid eyes on climbing ropes before, your instructors will be there to guide and educate you the whole way. A great way to make the most of your natural surroundings and test yourself.