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Welcome to Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Canada's largest holiday ski resort area covers the slopes of four mountain faces that surround the village of Lake Louise, in the heart of the magnificent Banff National Park, right on the Trans-Canada Highway 35 miles (57km) west of Banff itself. With plentiful natural snow and an extensive snowmaking system, skiing is guaranteed at Lake Louise from mid-November to mid-May, and it has the reputation of offering the best powder skiing in the world. The pretty village nestling in the Rockies provides every amenity required by visitors, and a wide choice of cosy accommodation and dining options. Shuttle buses and an efficient system of interconnecting lifts provide easy access to the slopes. Put all this together with the spectacular scenery and pristine terrain, and it is not surprising that Lake Louise has been dubbed the 'diamond in the wilderness' and is such a popular resort destination.

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 dollars.


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.
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