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Lake Louise

World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas
Idyllic Lake Louise offers quick access the eponymous lake, arguably the biggest natural attraction in Alberta. In a mountainous area offering priceless views and plenty of fresh air, most Lake Louise vacations incorporate cross-country and heli skiing with ice fishing, sledding, climbing, and skating. Popular in winter, the area attracts almost as many visitors in the warmer months with its nature trails, lakes, and challenging rock faces. Lake Louise also serves as a gateway to Banff National Park, home to glaciers, ice fields, coniferous forests, and sparkling waterways. The World Heritage-listed landscape surrounding this town also remains one of the best places to see grizzly bears in their natural environment, as well as to observe a star-spangled night sky unspoiled by light pollution. Plan your visit to Lake Louise and other destinations in Canada using our Canada route planner.

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Our expert advice on where to stay in Lake Louise

Visitors often choose to stay in the town itself, or a few minutes outside the town limits and closer to the area's natural attractions. Within the town itself, you'll find a few accommodations near the Lake Louise Visitor Center. Head northeast along Whitehorn Drive and you can stay at the foot of the town's ski gondolas, the perfect location for those on a skiing trip. If you're prepared to pay a premium, you can enjoy sweeping views of the nearby lake from its shores, although you'll have to reserve in advance to secure one of these prized rooms.
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