Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

When people ask me about the most beautiful part of my travels, I always tell them about my time in Banff. Standing in front of Lake Louise, among the Rocky Mountains… I’ve never been so overwhelmed by natural beauty.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

The famous lake is a sight to behold, in fact it made me quite speechless. I quite literally had to drag myself away from my spot on the rocks, looking out over the calm blue against the thick snow topped mountains.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

However, there are more ways to enjoy the turquoise waters than just watching them. My day at Lake Louise is probably one of the only occasions where I haven’t suffered from the dreaded FOMO, or ‘fear of missing out’ as we wanderlusters call it. We managed to cram in three activities in our day at the lake, seeing it from every angle and enjoying it in every way possible.

1 – Walk to the lake through the mountains 

Without a rental car (funny story – read about it here) and a little hesitant to hitchhike, we were left with little options other than to walk to the lake. Google told us it would take 48 minutes from the HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre where we were staying, so off we went into the forest.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

It took us little over an hour but it was well worth it. The sun shone through the tall pines whilst small streams guided us towards the lake. It wasn’t a challenging trek, with only a select few hills, so definitely doable for anyone able to walk the 4.5km.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

We were on bear standby, convincing ourselves that any short stump was a bear cub, with its Mumma lurking in the shadows… but there wasn’t another living thing near us, apart from a few squirrels and chipmunks! So perhaps take bear spray, better to be safe than sorry!

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

2 – Trek up to the Lake Agnes Tea House by horseback

Perhaps my favourite part of the day was trekking up to the Lake Agnes Tea House on horseback, an expensive but forever memorably activity.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

The Brewster Stables at the foot of the mountains is home to a few dozen horses, available for riding on a number of different trails. We chose the popular journey to the famous mountain tea house that has been serving fine loose teas to visitors for over a hundred years. The half day adventure cost approximately $150.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

The beautiful Badger and I rode Western style for just over an hour before he got a well deserved rest at the foot of the cafe. With each turn, more incredible views over Lake Louise and its surrounding valleys appeared.

Leaving Badger and his friend behind, we came across a lovely small waterfall that we managed to carefully climb over for a perfect view of the lake and Rocky Mountains.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

The Lake Agnes Teahouse is incredibly unique. With no running water or rubbish disposal, the staff have to trek up and down the mountain with supplies 2-4 times a week.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

After a little wait and bit of luck, we managed to grab a seat and enjoyed hot chocolates and pumpkin spiced loaf to the mountain backdrop. Just when I thought the experience couldn’t get any more magical, it began to snow… in the middle of June.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

On the way down we stopped off at Mirror Lake, a stunning clear pool of water that reflects the snowy mountains above it. Badger and his friend could sense they were nearly home as they broke into a trot. After not riding a horse for years, I was nervous at first but my lessons as a child came flooding back to me and I trusted Badger to get me back safely.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

You can also hike to the tea house however its a very steep trek, not for the fainthearted!

3 – Canoeing on the lake

There is no better way to enjoy Lake Louise itself then by canoeing across its waters. Canoes and kayaks can be rented from a large hut on the lake with options for 30 or 60 minutes hires ($75 or $85).

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Being better value for money we opted for a hour long row across the lake. I would definitely recommend the longer session so that you can relax and get a little further from the waters edge.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

It was such a peaceful experience, floating along surrounded by such incredible natural beauty. It also offered a lovely view of the Fairmont Chateau, the famous hotel that is worth an explore if you have time.

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Top 3 Ways to See and Enjoy Lake Louise

Have you ever been to Lake Louise? If not I hope you get to go, and enjoy every second of it as I did.


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5 Comments

  1. 21st November 2016 / 1:44 am

    This was beautiful, Eppie! Incredible photography! I don’t think I would ever return home 🙂 Is there really such thing as bear spray or was that a joke?

    • 1st December 2016 / 9:39 am

      Thank you Sally, it was a big struggle to leave! Bear spray is a real thing I promise! Apparently it puts them off coming closer to you!

  2. 19th September 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Love, love, love this post Eppie….you literally transported me back in time to one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever visited 🙂 . I went in May and didn’t get to visit Lake Agnes Tea House as it was closed but I’m so pleased that you did! Aren’t the views just stunning?!! Btw did you see any bears at any point during your trip? I carried bear spray everywhere…we saw a few but thankfully I didn’t need to use it 🙂 xx

    • 27th September 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you Maggie! Those views are some of the best I’ve seen. We did see a bear at the Lake Louise Gondola but only just!

  3. 15th September 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience and tips. Looks like an incredible trip! So many picturesque sights and relaxing activities. It’s great getting to fully appreciate the natural beauty of places like this, by spending time doing a variety of outdoor activities that can help you truly appreciate the beauty of it. Traveling certainly presents such an amazing opportunity and can really broaden your perspectives on life and strengthen your understanding and appreciation for other cultures. Getting to travel as part of a group is also a great opportunity to make lasting memories.

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