Our guide to the top 5 photo hot-spots in Lake Louise
It’s a not-so-well-kept secret that Lake Louise is one of the most photogenic places on Earth. Whether it’s your first visit or your thousandth, one things for sure, you will leave with a gallery full of photos!
Being spoiled for choice you can’t really go wrong, but there are some iconic spots that make it particularly easy to take postcard worthy snaps. To help you be ready to capture the best of the best we have narrowed down our top five locations to get the best Lake Louise shots to suit any Instagram grid and re-live your getaway every day.
1. The True Canadian
There is nothing more Canadian than paddling across turquoise glacier-fed water in a vibrant red canoe. Which is why this is in our top spot, after all, the best place to see Lake Louise is from Lake Louise.
You can enjoy this truly Canadian experience by renting a canoe from the Boathouse. Not a confident paddler? No problem. Join a voyageur canoe tour for an extremely stable group paddle – no steering required.
Trade crowds for tranquil waters. Book a sunrise canoe experience to feel like you have the lake to yourself. You can book yours here.
Stay cozy. A boho blanket is a beautiful and practical accessory.
2. The Hidden Gem
Nestled among the alpine of Fairview Mountain lies a hidden lookout with the perfect view over Lake Louise and the Chateau. This relatively short but steep path (2.5km out & back, 167m elevation), located just behind the boathouse, takes you through the cooling trail of the tree line.
Don’t worry if you’re not planning a visit this summer. This classic photo spot is stunning year round. Simply pop on a pair of snow shoes in winter or cleats in spring or fall and heal-toe it up the well-trodden path.
If you keep your eyes peeled you may catch a glimpse of some of our wild locals. To learn more about who to look for read: Wild Locals You Might Meet on Your Trip to Banff National Park.
The views change everyday, but the feeling of awe stays the same.
3. The Birds Eye View
If you’re more of an adventure-seeker, get the heartrate pumping with a hike up to Big Beehive for this birds eye view over Lake Louise and the surrounding valley. Not only will you gain 776m in elevation but you will see three picturesque lakes in en-route; Lake Louise, Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes. This is a popular trail so we recommend heading out early.
Join a post-hike stretch class to ease those muscles after a day of adventures.
With views like this – the early wake up is worth it. PHOTO @DORIANDEWINTER
4. The Classic
Probably the most well-know and photographed spot in Lake Louise and the simplest to get! Standing at the front of the lake along the shoreline, whether you are positioned at the boardwalk or right in front of the hotel the iconic view of the Victoria Glacier and the surrounding mountains are what draw you into this mesmerizing view. It’s just a classic!
Grab a coffee from the Guide’s Pantry and savor this view whilst your sip on your caffeine fix.
It’s worth waking up early to capture the stunning sunrise alpen glow.
5. The Flip Reverse
If you have visited Lake Louise more than once you most likely have many photos from the front of the lake, but do you have the reverse, from the back of the lake? Take the lakeshore path all the way along the right side of Lake Louise to capture this different perspective.
You will get some of the most magical light in mid-afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by Lakeview Patio post adventures to celebrate with a refreshing cocktail.
New view who dis? New angles can create fresh perspectives.
What are you waiting for? The warm days of summer will slip by fast, so start planning now to experience the beauty of Lake Louise for yourself. There’s no better place to make home-base than on shores of Lake Louise with us. To save up to 20% explore our best resort offers