Day Trips to Lake Louise: Winter Edition
Famous for its turquoise waters and towering peaks, Lake Louise is known for its natural beauty not only across Canada but across the world. But what to do when the famous blue waters are covered in a blanket of snow?
Winter is a magical time in Banff National Park: snow dusts the tops of the mountains, the lakes freeze over, and the locals are getting geared up for yet another chilly season of outdoor adventuring.
Located only a two-hour drive from Calgary, the hamlet of Lake Louise provides visitors with ample activities and outdoor recreation. From skiing to skating, hot chocolate to afternoon bevvy’s, here are our favourite day trips to Lake Louise:
You’re in luck – one of North America’s best ski resorts is only a day-trip away from Calgary, Banff and Canmore. Head out to ski any of the groomed runs or drop into the back bowl for some fresh powder. Find options for the whole family, as the hill boasts an impressive 160 runs, from beginner to expert. Warm your toes by the fire in the main lodge or grab an elk burger at mid-mountain restaurant Whitehorn Bistro. Whatever you do, don’t forget to catch the jaw-dropping views from the summit chair!
Skate the Lake
Freezing over early in the season, Chateau Lake Louise maintains and clears daily a large portion of the lake for skating. On bluebird days, grab your hockey stick and get a game of hockey going. Lit for night skating, catch jaw-dropping glimpses of the clear night sky as you glide around. Not many people get to say they’ve skated on Lake Louise – take advantage of the winter chill and lace up!
While one of the park's most popular spots for hiking in the summer months, Lake Louise remains open to hikers and snowshoers year-round. As the snow swirls around the treetops and the chill sinks in, the trails transform into a winter wonderland! A 4km car or bus ride from the village, Lake Louise offers a number of scenic hikes and walks. Check out the following trails this winter:
Lakeshore Trail: starting from the Chateau, the lakeshore loop follows the west side of the lake closely, ending at a massive frozen waterfall. With views of some of the Rockies biggest, this trail is moderately rated and family friendly. After a big snowfall, strap on the snowshoes!
Stop in at a local resort
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Rich in history and developed in the late 1800’s by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Chateau Lake Louise is a luxury resort overlooking the lake. The Chateau runs various activities out of the resort, including skating and guided snowshoeing trips. Enjoy the locally inspired dining, or relax in the spa. Make sure you come visit our first Chateau Mountain Sports location just off the lobby.
Storm Mountain Lodge: Also built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the park, Storm Mountain Lodge is a cozy wood bungalow camp open to day and overnight visitors. Located just 20 minutes from Lake Louise, Storm Mountain is a great place to stop in for a post-ski drink or dinner. Warm your toes by the fire!
The opportunities are endless at Lake Louise. Hop in the car and hit the road, the mountains are calling!