Lake Louise Canada is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. This beautiful alpine lake is a perfect turquoise blue and nestled in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Travelers who visit Lake Louise Canada are stunned by the postcard-perfect beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains, and for anyone visiting Banff National Park, it is one of the highlights of their visit. The town of Lake Louise is a much smaller community than the neighboring town of Banff, but it offers a more secluded experience. One of the major hotels near Lake Louise is a world-renowned first class resort, the Chateau Lake Louise. This castle-like hotel is the center of the Lake Louise community.
In the summer, visiting Lake Louise Canada means that you will have ample access to hiking trails in the park, with the possibility of seeing some of the mountain wildlife. (Be careful of possible grizzly bear sightings!) Many excellent trails originate in Bow Valley between the town of Banff and the community of Lake Louise. There are a variety of difficulty levels available, whether you wish to hike with the whole family or do some more difficult trekking in the backcountry.
If walking isn't your forte, however, the road system is conveniently developed, and you can drive right up to the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, where there is an observation platform perfect for taking a few pictures. If you wish to canoe in this incredible setting, canoes are available for rent from the Chateau Lake Louise as well as from the Moraine Lake Lodge, one of the hotels near Lake Louise. There are also opportunities to do white water rafting and canoeing on the rivers near Lake Louise, though these are primarily available through private tours.
In the winter, the main attraction in the area is the amazing Lake Louise skiing available in this area. The Lake Louise Ski Area is one of the biggest ski resorts in North America with over 4,200 acres of ski terrain. Experienced skiers and snowboarders will find the more advanced ski runs a welcome challenge in the tough terrain of the Canadian Rockies, while beginner skiers will also find runs that fit their skill level originating from every chair lift. Look for seasonal package deals that combine your lift ticket with discounted accommodation.
For those primarily interested in Lake Louise skiing, the top choice in accommodation in the area is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This luxurious four-star hotel is majestically located right on the shore of Lake Louise and is one of the best hotels near Lake Louise. Although staying at the Chateau is a splurge, the service is phenomenal and the rooms clean, modern and comfortable. Located right in the midst of the mountains, the Fairmont Chateau offers amazing views of the snow-capped peaks right outside your window. An additional convenience is the shuttle service that takes you to the ski resort, making this the best location for skiers who want to spend the maximum amount of time doing Lake Louise skiing. After a day on the slopes, the hotel also offers a spa to soothe those tired muscles and several restaurants, which are among the best choices in the relatively small Lake Louise community.