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Discover Lake Louise’s Seasonal Playground

In the heart of Banff National Park lies Canada’s spectacular natural jewel, Lake Louise. Known for being one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, Lake Louise is also an adventurer’s dream; Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes and rivers play host to endless outdoor activities. In winter, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and ice skating. In Fall, there’s hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking and much more.

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THINGS TO DO IN LAKE LOUISE

Discover Lake Louise in all its majesty, from the shores of its emerald waters to the peaks that frame its awe-inspiring backdrop. De-stress and reconnect with yourself year-round at a wellness retreat in the restoring nature of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy pristine skiing at Lake Louise Ski Resort with an extra-long season extending into May. In early autumn, canoe to the center of the lake for ultimate 360° views. Hike to Lake Agnes Tea house for a stunning birds-eye view and a cuppa. In fall through winter, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing until the sun sets over this magnificent winter wonderland. However you spend your days, don’t miss award-winning cuisine at one of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s many restaurants. Relive the highlights of the day with a night cap at the Alpine Social.

Ski in Canada's Western Mountains - Winter

downhill & Cross-Country Skiing

November – May
The Canadian Rockies boast an unusually long winter with an extended ski season into May. Feel the thrill of gliding downhill when you ski & ride in pristine powder at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Or soak in the rewarding scenery on a cross country ski tour around frozen Lake Louise and into the alpine. No matter how you choose to ski, you won’t want to miss après at the Alpine Social to recount the day’s adventures.

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Snowshoeing in Lake Louise in Winter

Snowshoeing

November – May
Snowshoeing is one of the best winter activities to enjoy in the Canadian Rockies. Come November, Lake Louise is coated in a fluffy layer of beautiful snow. First Nations used snowshoes to walk across the deep snow of Canadian winter for centuries. Nowadays, visitors and locals alike enjoy snowshoeing in Lake Louise as both a pastime and means of travel to breathtaking views in the mountains.

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Skating at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

ice Skating

November – April
Step into a real-life snow globe in the heart of Banff National Park. Each winter, the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Louise transform into a crystal mirror as one of Canada’s largest outdoor skating rinks. Our magical winter wonderland is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, so leave your bag at home and explore with Lake Louise Rentals.

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Mountain Adventure Guides, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Mountain Adventure GuideS

Available: All Year
Lake Louise has a long and proud guiding tradition since 1879 when the Swiss Guides led ascents in the Canadian Rockies. Step into a world of adventure & exploration with fully accredited guides. Hike or snowshoe, depending on the season. Learn invaluable insight into the history of the area, local flora and fauna and keep a collection of adventurous stories to share long after you’ve parted.

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Couple on a guided icewalk of Johnston Canyon. Photo by Devaan Ingraham

Johnston Canyon Icewalk

November – April
Embark on a guided icewalk tour through one of Banff’s most popular natural sights, Johnston Canyon. This winter hike leads you along steel catwalks built into the canyon walls all the way to the iconic frozen upper and lower falls lookout to the icy gorge below. Stop at several viewpoints for the best photos to freeze special moments in time. Ice cleats are included, but don’t forget to pack an extra layer (or two).

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Wellness in Lake Louise

Wellness

Available: All Year
Recharge and immerse yourself in the serenity and natural beauty of Lake Louise. Considered a sacred spot, Lake Louise is long believed to be a source of powerful earth energy to nurture positive transformation and healing. Form an authentic and profound connection to the natural world in Banff National Park that will leave you feeling restored and reignited with a zest for life.

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Tours and sightseeing in Banff National Park, photo by Noel Hendrickson

Sightseeing & Tours

Available: All Year
Home to breathtaking scenery and teeming with wildlife, the beauty of Banff National Park leaves a lasting impression. From snowy mountains and mirror lakes to canyons and frozen waterfalls, you’ll find Instagram-worthy stops when visiting the best of Banff National Park. Start planning your unforgettable day-trips and tours with help from local experts.

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A woman petting a horse in winter at Lake Louise

Brewster sleigh rides

December – April
Take the road less traveled when exploring Lake Louise with help from a trusted steed. In winter, enjoy a magical sleigh ride along the northwest edge of the Lake, through century old sub-alpine forest, where views Mount Fairview can be seen to the east, with Mount Victoria to the south. In the summer & early autumn, ride to the Plain of 6 Glaciers, Lake Agnes Tea House, or embark on your own backcountry adventure.

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A couple canoeing Lake Louise, photo by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

canoeing

Reopening in Summer 2023
For over a century, Canoes have been an essential part of experiencing the emerald waters of Lake Louise. Start at The Boathouse to paddle at your own pace. Soak up the serenity of the lake with stunning 360° views. If you want to connect more deeply to the history and native origins of canoeing on Lake Louise, embark on a Voyageur Canoe Experience with a Mountain Adventure Guide and canoe historian.

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Our friendly and knowledgeable Concierge team would be delighted to assist you in planning your upcoming stay. For further assistance, please contact the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Concierge desk at 403 522 1601 or email: CLL.concierge@fairmont.com.

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Best of Jasper wildlife, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont JASPER PARK LODGE

Enjoy wildlife tours, fat-tire winter biking adventures, hot cocoa by the glowing fire, and so much more! Stroll along Lac Beauvert and spot, deer, elk and other local residents amongst you and the cabins.

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Fairmont Banff Springs fall and Winter

Fairmont Banff Springs

Snowshoe or hike along the Bow River. Discover the historic Cave & Basin or go dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The Fairmont Banff Springs and the town of Banff offer plenty of activities year-round to embrace the season in the Rockies.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Winter

Fairmont chateau whistler

Take in the crisp mountain air while out exploring Whistler’s endless skiing and hiking trails. Unwind slopeside in one of three outdoor whirlpools or cozy up for with a cocktail at après in the Mallard Lounge.

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