Lake Louise is a picturesque town nestled within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. This small village is best known for Victoria Glacier, which feeds into the lake and gives the water its signature turquoise color. Known as the “Jewel of the Rockies,” Lake Louise is home to natural wonders like Moraine Lake and the towering Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s second-largest waterfall.
Take a gondola ride at the Lake Louise Ski Resort for panoramic mountain and glacier views from the summit of Mount Victoria. Experience the area’s nature by hiking or mountain biking along the lake’s many trails, or canoe across it in the summer when the weather is mild.
After your Alaska cruise, including a 7-night Southbound Glacier itinerary on Celebrity Millennium, or a 7-night Hubbard Glacier sailing on Celebrity Eclipse, you can visit Lake Louise on a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour. You’ll enjoy a flexible itinerary without having to do all the heavy lifting of planning and logistics.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to see in Yoho National Park. Hike the circular trail surrounding Emerald Lake, peering to see the high-end Emerald Lake Lodge at lake’s edge. Follow well-maintained trails to Wapta Falls, where the cool breeze and droplets of the waterfall completely rejuvenate, while Kicking Horse Pass is best known for its alpine horseback riding and cycling trails.
Just beyond Lake Louise proper is the glacier-fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, where you’ll see the reflection of mountains shimmering in blue-green waters. Rent a canoe and paddle these stunning waters, keeping your eyes peeled for rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. Thousands of years of geological wonders unfold with every paddle.
This part of Alberta is well known for its wildlife, whether that’s the classic bear sightings we associate with the Canadian Rockies or bighorn sheep and adorable mountain goats. Always follow local guidelines related to wildlife sightings to keep both you and the animals safe.
Ascend nearly 7,000 feet above the rest of the world aboard a gondola for jaw-dropping mountain views of Victoria Glacier and its piercing waters. Hike to viewpoints near the top, or enjoy a meal with a view at one of the resort’s restaurants. You might even spot one of the local brown bears.
From June to October, one of the most popular hikes in Lake Louise is the hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House, a respite of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Enjoy baked goods and tea in rustic relaxation while surrounded by forest and lakeside views.
Grab your paddles and head out on a canoe adventure in Lake Louise. All ages will be awed by the iridescent, bright waters surrounded by mountains.
Quaint and cozy restaurants and bakeries service residents and visitors alike, whether that’s an old-fashioned tea house serving scones and hot tea or a local bakery that specializes in pastries and breakfast sandwiches. After a day of hiking, cool down with craft beer at a local pub. Try Canadian delicacies like poutine and wild game. Here are some of the top food and drink spots in Lake Louise:
Conveniently tucked in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, you’ll find cocktail menus inspired by the Rocky Mountains and breathtaking views when you dine at Lakeview Lounge. Enjoy locally-sourced dishes from the creative mind of Chef Jean-Francois Fortin while marveling at the views of romantic Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier.
The Post Hotel
Wine aficionados will rejoice at the Post Hotel’s incredible selection of over 2,000 wines. Foodies will enjoy the variety of culinary experiences available, from multi-course dinners to the Fondue Stübli, a cozy alcove with its own take on Swiss-style fondue.
More than an upscale bistro, Whitehorn offers some of the best panoramic mountain views in the area. Selections of wine, spirits, and beer are always staples on the drink menu, while their dining menu includes locally sourced specialties like bison from Alberta, Nova Scotia lobster, and fresh herbs from Whitehorn Bistro’s very own patio.
Lake Louise started as a small outpost in the Canadian railroad in the early 20th century, and grew as a main town for workers and local business owners to live close to Banff National Park. In fact, becoming a resident of Lake Louise is reserved for those who work there and their families.
Visit Lake Louise on a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour after a 7-night Southbound Glacier cruise on Celebrity Millennium or a 7-night Hubbard Glacier sailing on Celebrity Eclipse.
Much of your transportation during your visit to Lake Louise comes included as part of your cruisetour. The downtown area surrounding Lake Louise is easily navigable on foot, and Banff National Park even offers shuttles and a hybrid bus called Roam that runs regular service throughout the town. Take a hop-on, hop-off bus for a chance to see the sights on your own schedule, or rent a bike and get around on two wheels.
Lake Louise’s shopping scene is ideal for the outdoorsy types, from skiing and snowboarding gear to boutiques and art galleries. Shop for mementos at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or visit the small selection of stores at Samson Mall.
You’ll use the Canadian dollar (CAD) during your Lake Louise visit. Some institutions accept USD, and many restaurants and stores accept credit cards as well. Whenever you’re tipping at bars, restaurants, or cafes, a 15% to 20% tip is appreciated.