Information & Facts
Holidaymakers who take a break from skiing or snowboarding can
indulge in a host of other winter fun activities including dog
sledding, canyon ice walks, snowmobile tours, snow-shoeing,
icefield tours, sleigh rides or ice-fishing on the lake. The lake
also forms a wonderful ice-skating rink, which each winter is
transformed into a wonderland with the addition of ice sculptures
on the shoreline.
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
Skiing at Lake Louise can be quite expensive.
Après ski in Lake Louise does not mean wild partying, but there
are plenty of more subdued but enjoyable ways for holidaymakers to
wind down after a day on the slopes. Many local bars and eateries
offer entertainment like live music, a little dancing, karaoke,
limbo competitions, pool tables and darts, shuffleboard, or big
screen television. Guided night ski tours and sleigh rides are also
on offer. Most visitors, however, are content to settle down in
front of a roaring fire nursing a cognac and rehashing the day's
adventures. For those not content to stay in, the most popular
nightlife venues include the Lake Louise Bar and Grill, Explorer's
Lounge, the Outpost Pub and Glacier Saloon.
The resort offers a number of restaurants and bars in the
village itself, and several eateries with terraces and spectacular
views on the nearby slopes, serving everything from ethnic cuisine
to famously tender Alberta beef. There are family restaurants, cosy
cafés and elegant eateries to choose from. For a rip-roaring good
time along with some hearty western fare, try Brewster Cowboy's
Barbeque and Dance Barn, where line dance lessons and sleigh rides
are offered along with barbecued beef, baked beans and homemade
pies. Gourmet Canadian cooking takes centre stage at the Legends
Restaurant of Lake Louise Inn, where holidaymakers can wash down
salmon salad and filet mignon with fine wines. The Inn also has
pizza and pasta at the Timberwolf Café, or burgers and barbecue
chicken at the Gazebo. For scenic dining, ride the Lake Louise
sightseeing Gondola to the Whitehorn Terrace where the deck affords
a breathtaking view of the lake and surrounding peaks and glaciers.
Baker Creek Bistro, Lakeview Lounge and Lake Louise Station
Restaurant are also popular eateries at the resort.
Lake Louise's shopping precinct is the Samson Mall, located in
the lower part of the village, offering many shops for
holidaymakers to enjoy browsing through, with competitive prices
and no provincial sales tax on purchases. Here, and in nearby
Banff, shoppers will find an eclectic selection of goods including
brand-name clothing, winter sports clothing and equipment, art and
handcrafts, souvenirs, jewellery and photographic goods. Unique
Lake Louise souvenirs to look out for are paintings by local
artists, beadwork by native peoples and jewellery set with
Alberta's ammolite gemstone. Another unusual souvenir many visitors
take with them is a bottle of water from the lake itself, which is
crystal-clear and clean enough to drink.
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT
-3.5 in the east.