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Top 5 Things To Do in Lake Louise
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Top 5 Things To Do in Lake Louise

A curated itinerary for your trip to Lake Louise with top 5 things to do.

Lake Louise is a spectacular destination in the summer with its glacial waters, and a winter haven for ski enthusiasts and a myriad of things to do. Anyone who has visited the destination in these seasons is privy to the throngs of tourists flocking the lake-side, eager to capture that perfectly-lined-up photograph against the backdrop of the distinct mountains and just the right shade of the turquoise waters. There is so much to do, that honing in on the top 5 spots to see is a task we have taken on for you.

But have you ever considered a getaway in the Fall to Lake Louise? With the temperatures cooling down and the visitors thinning, you have a higher chance to get the lake to yourself. Here are the top five things to do in this splendid season, with social distancing et al.

1. Paddle on the Lake

Renting a canoe for an hour is the ideal way to experience the jaw-dropping vistas surrounding Lake Louise. Paddling on the turquoise waters of Lake Louise certainly tops the list of top 5 things to do in this oasis. Check this off your bucket list and get that enviable photograph of you drifting on the canoe while the lake is still thawed in September and possibly early October. Here’s how you can rent one.

Family Canoeing across Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Summer
Father and Son canoeing across Lake Louise

2. Bear Watch

Another list topper on the top 5 must do for Lake Louise. Many spots in Lake Louise are ideal to spot some grizzly bears. They can be seen through the Fall season feeding on the slopes while on your way up the Lake Louise Gondola. We recommend keeping more than 6-feet of distance between you and bear(s), though! Check what other wildlife might give you company on your explorations.

Grizzly Bear | Keep a safe distance from Wildlife

3. Lake Agnes Tea House Hike

This 7 km medium-difficulty hike has breathtaking views along the way. To make this experience more special, stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a personalized guided hike is included with your stay.

4. Discover The Plain of Six Glaciers on Horseback

What better way to get to the base of an ancient glacier than on horseback. This adventurous journey, offered by Brewster Adventures, will take you through alpine glaciers and sub-alpine forest areas – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Lake Louise Activities - Couples Travel - A couple on a Brewster Stables horseback riding tour at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with Brewster Stables
A couple on a Brewster Stables Guided Horseback ride – Lake Louise Spring/Summer Activities

5. Johnston Canyon Waterfalls

Enjoy a scenic drive along Bow Valley to witness the thundering waterfalls of Johnston Canyon, approximately halfway between the towns of Lake Louise and Banff. The lower falls are easily accessible for hiking non-enthusiasts. The top of the falls is a short steep, but paved, climb to the top for a better vantage point and well worth the extra effort. In the winter, this experience transforms into an artful icewalk.

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