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Banff National Park

Lake Louise

Lake Louise area 

Founded in 1890 as Laggan Station, Lake Louise was once a wild outpost at the end of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today this hamlet, lake and the nearby area offer some of the finest hiking, skiing and site-seeing in the world.

Location: 55 km west of Banff, Alberta, on the Trans-Canada Highway / #1 (map)

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What to do

Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise from Fairview Lookout

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake usually melt by late May. Alpine hiking season begins in late June. Most visitors prefer to drive or shuttle between the most popular destinations in the Lake Louise area. Free public shuttles may be available. See Parking and Shuttles for dates.

Lake Louise (year-round)
Village of Lake Louise (year-round)
Moraine Lake (mid-May to mid-Oct)
Summer Gondola (mid-May to mid-Oct)
Lake Louise Ski Area (Nov to May)

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Parking and shuttles


Ample parking is available in the village and at the ski hill / summer gondola year round. Limited parking is available at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

July, August and September 

During the high season, parking at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake is generally full between 10 am and 5 pm daily. Visit early morning or evenings for the best experience. During the day, don’t miss these other beautiful places within minutes of Lake Louise.


Weekends from July 1 to September 5, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the iconic viewpoint at Lake Louise. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise. Enjoy your trip!

Weekends from September 10 to 25, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the Moraine Lake area just in time for larch season. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise (map below). Ride and relax!

Shuttle Schedule to Lake Louise  (PDF, 814 KB)
Shuttle Schedule to Moraine Lake (coming Fall 2016)

Parks Canada is pleased to be working toward comprehensive public transit in the Lake Louise area.




Grizzly bear female 142 in Lake Louise
Female grizzly bear #142 near Lake Louise. © Parks Canada / Alex Taylor


In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park.

Park Regulations 
Bear Safety


Walking, snowshoeing or toboganning? You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain. November through June, not all sign-posted destinations are safe for travel. Choose your winter destination from a list of designated trails.

Avalanche zones at Lake Louise 

Visitor centre

Lake Louise Visitor Centre

The Lake Louise Visitor Centre offers information from both Parks Canada and Banff Lake Louise Tourism about the mountain national park and commercial accommodations and activities. It is located in the heart of the village of Lake Louise. Ample parking for vehicles and RVs is available in the village parking lot. A small grocery store, outdoor store, cafés, book store, post office and bank machine are also available here.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre
201 Village Rd, next to the Samson Mall
Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0
GPS: 51.426275, -116.179304

Hours of Operation 
Services and amenities

Map of the Lake Louise area