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Explore Lake Louise

The Rockies’ epic wilderness playground is at our doorstep: hike, ski, paddle, sightsee and spot grizzlies. Explore Lake Louise and the activities the resort and national park have to offer. Cradled in one of the world’s oldest national parks, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is your basecamp to Bucket List outdoor adventure. It’s a place that has captured the imagination of artists, alpinists and intrepid travelers for more than 100 years. And picture-perfect Lake Louise, its iridescent turquoise waters reflecting the steep mountains and jagged glacier, is the crown jewel of Banff National Park.

But clichés just don’t do justice to one of the most staggeringly beautiful wild places on the planet. The Chateau affords guests the full wilderness experience — from a luxury mountain resort. Mother Nature in all her glory is literally right outside our door — beckoning you to explore, reflect, connect and replenish.

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Boasting views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise welcomes guests with award-winning dining options, and authentic local experiences.

Explore the best Lake Louise has to offer

While Lake Louise is famed for its hiking trails, alpine teahouses and wildlife — in particular bears, big horn sheep and mountain goats — photography hobbyists and hardcore mountaineers alike are equally rewarded. Spend time in the stylish and lively mountain town of Banff, ski or snowboard at three top resorts, snowshoe or trek to the serenity of seven crystalline lakes. Anyone who experiences Lake Louise, whether from the lobby or top of the peak, can’t help but be moved by the soul-stirring grandeur.

Snowshoeing across Lake Louise, Alberta
Snowshoeing across Lake Louise, Alberta with the Victoria Glacier in the background

Lake Louise – Explore the Destination Guide

Lake Louise has something for everyone. Find your mountain adventure in our Seasonal destination guides.

Please note that some activities may be temporarily unavailable due to government and health restrictions. All outlets and activities in the below guides may be subject to change. Please reach out to our Concierge team for further details or if you would like assistance planning your stay

Hiking in Lake Louise


Take a guided trek of Banff National Park’s famed hiking trails. Venture up to an alpine lake, stopping in at a historical teahouse for lunch. Photograph browsing bears, big horn sheep and mountain goats, and learn all about their natural environment at a museum. Canoe around Lake Louise, cycle the Icefields Parkway or join a high-adrenalin whitewater rafting tour. Summer is the prime time for outside Rocky Mountain activities all just outside our door.



Autumn road trips through the Canadian Rockies are spectacular and crowds are few. Take advantage of the season and fall colors painting the iconic landscape. Sightsee with an e-bike or join a wildlife safari. Focus on wellness and treat yourself to a spa weekend. Go out on the town in Banff and taste locavore mountain fare at the Chateau’s sophisticated dining venues. Perfect the art of doing nothing on the patio and soak in the inspiring natural surroundings.


skating around the ice castle in banff


A powdery dusting of snow transforms Lake Louise into an enchanting winter landscape made for outdoor play and adventure. Ski and snowboard three of the West’s top resorts with top-of-the-peak views of the Canadian Rockies. Join a guided snowshoeing adventure or try mushing a team of yapping Huskies. Ice skate around a giant ice castle, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride or join us for a festive Christmas Canadian-style.



Savor magical Lake Louise in the quiet season. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa retreat, savor a snowshoe or cross-country ski outing through the quiet woods. Get some retail therapy mountain-style in lively Banff and linger over a candlelit meal at the Chateau. Tour the Rockies by helicopter or do some spring skiing. Or just relax and unwind at the resort, and watch sky glow orange and pink as it sets behind the glacier.


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