BACKPACKERS GUIDE TO LAKE LOUISE
Lake Louise is the most photographed lake in the world and has been marked as a UNESCO World Heritage site! Its brilliant turquoise lakes surrounded by jagged peaks make for enviable travel photos. The sheer beauty of the lake, combined with endless outdoor activities is why Banff National Park is a world renowned travel destination.
It is easy to see why Lake Louise is lauded as one of the top destinations for backpackers: the famous Chateau, Lake Agnes and its charming teahouse, snow sports, and endless hikes are all on offer. As Lonely Planet puts it… ‘Lake Louise isn’t about dodging other tourists. It’s about viewing what should be everyone’s god-given right to see.’
Lake Louise grew to popularity in the early 1900’s as the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) brought the first traces of tourism from across Canada to see this incredible view. When the trans-continental train was complete for trade, it also opened up new areas to explore for the elite traveler. The CPR opened chateau style hotels all along the route – in Montreal, Winnepeg, Banff & Lake Louise – so that remote areas in the Rockies would provide comfort to these early travelers.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxurious 4 star hotel with breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. Travelers are encouraged to wander the lobby and surrounding shops and cafes, and if time allows you can also be pampered in their day spa!
Or get your hiking boots on and get out to explore the area!
Hike up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse (open from June until October) – an alpine-style teahouse that serves loose leaf tea and a variety of home baked treats (we recommend the scones)! The 3.5km hike from Lake Louise has an elevation of 1,300 ft and will take you to an oasis that offers where you get incredible views of Lake Agnes and its adjacent waterfall.
Minutes away from Lake Louise is the stellar Moraine Lake tucked away in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Another must-see if you’re in the area. Hire a kayak or canoe for an hour or a half day and paddle through the glacier-fed waters where you’ll be surrounded by cascading mountain tops and lush green forests.
Experiencing Lake Louise in the summertime is one of those things that will stay with you for a long time after you’ve left. Explore the chateau or take a hike to the teahouse… Both are sure to impress.
Lake Louise Highlights:
- Take countless photos at the spectacular Lake Louise
- Explore the historic Chateau Lake Louise
- Hike up to Lake Agnes Teahouse for scrumptious rewards
- Take a freezing cold dip in the lake (if you dare!)
- Meander along any of the trails surrounding Lake Louise
- Visit Lake Morraine and hike through the Valley of the Ten Peaks
- Go kayaking or canoeing on Lake Morraine
Moose Tours visiting Lake Louise
Our most popular Rocky Mountain tours that take an overnight stop at Lake Louise: Caribou (8 day), Big West (10 day) or Pacific (15 day). For a shorter option departing from Banff you can take the 3 day Athabasca tour.
Lake Louise Accommodation
Hosteling International operate a great hostel in heart of the Lake Louise village. This is the best accommodation option for budget-conscious travellers with dorm beds, private rooms and family rooms available. The beautiful post & beam building has an onsite restaurant, Bill Peyto’s Café, serving good value meals and drinks. The hostel has 2 cozy common areas with fireplaces, 2 guest kitchens, TV and games room and a patio with a BBQ. Make yourself at home while having easy access to the great outdoors!