Lake Louise

Lake Louise

On our previous visit to Lake Louise in 2007 we stayed in Deer Lodge, which is the only hotel actually by the lake apart from the mega-expensive Fairmont Château, but when we tried to book it in December 2016 for July 2017 it was already full! I looked at the Château prices and decided they were having a laugh, so we booked a hotel about 4km away in Lake Louise Village and commuted. There is a regular shuttle bus to the lake which we took the first morning, but only after queueing for ages in full sun. We decided it would be just as easy to walk back, and the second day we spent at the lake we walked both ways. There’s a pretty trail along Louise Creek, which can be extended via the old tramway which took Victorian visitors from the station in the village to the Château. The middle day of our stay we rode the Gondola up Mount Whitehorn.

Lake Louise Village

We were glad we walked back via the old tramway the first day, because it took us out near The Old Station Restaurant which we booked for dinner that night (excellent). Trains still pass through – we are always fascinated by their length in North America. We watched the one below for 5 minutes from beginning to end!

The other nights we ate in our hotel, the Lake Louise Inn, which served reasonable bar food and good pizza. I have no pictures of the Inn, it wasn’t particularly pretty. The red roofs by the river in the gallery above are part of the Post Hotel which was much more picturesque. Maybe we’ll stay there next time…

The Lake

A few highlights from our two days hiking by or near the lake. Considering how crowded the place was, I’m amazed John managed to get pictures with hardly anyone else in them – though the old rule holds good. Walk a few hundred metres from the car parks and most people melt away.

Lake Louise Gondola

The Lake Louise Gondola is a short drive from the village. We booked early morning tickets which included breakfast on the ground before heading up the mountain. At the top of the lift is a Wildlife Interpretive Centre, a couple of (very steep) trails to viewpoints and the fabulous Whitehorn Bistro. We rewarded ourselves after the strenuous hikes with a late lunch on their deck – fondue with great views, though as you can see we were still hampered by haze from all the fires.

After Lake Louise, we left the Rockies – but we weren’t going home just yet. We were heading for the Badlands!

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87 thoughts on “Lake Louise

  1. Kelly MacKay December 9, 2017 / 09:50

    I was a horse back tour guide from Chateau Lake Louise one summer. I never got tired of that view. Still one of my favourite places. Thanks

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  2. rosemaylily2014 November 12, 2017 / 05:30

    Very interesting post Anabel – am gathering ideas for our trip next year. Friends of ours were on a tour recently and had a night in the Fairmont Chateau – they paid a small fortune and their view was at the back looking out to a concrete wall!! Needless to say we have decided not to stay there – we’re travelling independently with a couple of friends and our friend is happy to drive so we’ll be staying somewhere cheaper and just visiting Lake Louise!

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    • Anabel Marsh November 12, 2017 / 09:27

      We found the Village was fine because we could walk or get the bus to the lake. Parking by the lake fills up really early in the morning. Deer Lodge, next to the Chateau, is cheaper but it was full in December when we tried to book for July. It’s crazy busy!

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      • rosemaylily2014 November 13, 2017 / 10:18

        Yes we’ll go and see Lake Louise but not sure I particularly want to spend a lot of time there. Think there are other quieter places nearby that we could explore!

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        • Anabel Marsh November 13, 2017 / 10:36

          Yes, I think so. We’ve been twice now and I think even if we went back to the Rockies we’d probably skip it as just too busy.

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          • rosemaylily2014 November 13, 2017 / 10:37

            I don’t like places that are too busy and overrun with tourists Anabel – better go and see it but not linger I think.

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  3. Steve Schwartzman November 7, 2017 / 14:37

    Mega-expensive is a good way to describe the hotel. If I remember correctly, in late August the rooms were starting at $800 a night. Crazy. We visited Lake Louis twice on our trip but never spent the night in the vicinity.

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    • Anabel Marsh November 7, 2017 / 15:18

      Yes, I would totally have resented that amount of money.

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  4. Heyjude November 6, 2017 / 12:56

    Just catching up with you on your trip. It looks like you had an amazing time. Where to next year?

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    • Anabel Marsh November 6, 2017 / 13:56

      We did thanks, it was wonderful. No concrete plans yet, but we’re thinking somewhere European before we become total pariahs!

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      • Heyjude November 6, 2017 / 15:51

        Ah, yes. Catalan would probably welcome you with open arms though 😀

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  5. lunaenvaranasi October 21, 2017 / 11:11

    Such a beautiful place!! The pictures are amazing! I’ll travel here someday 🙂

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  6. cassam101 October 18, 2017 / 09:32

    Beautiful scenery and that fondue looks great.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 18, 2017 / 10:48

      The fondue was definitely a foodie highlight! But anything would probably have tasted great with that view.

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