Lake Louise travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a must-see destination in Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Lake Louise has to offer.

What to do in Lake Louise

Top activities & attractions in Lake Louise

Where to Eat in Lake Louise

If you’re looking for affordable options, Fairview Bar & Restaurant (111 Lake Louise Drive) and Louiza (111 Lake Louise Drive) are great picks.

When to visit Lake Louise

Lake Louise in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 238
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lake Louise in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 238
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Lake Louise in July, when the average temperature is 13 °C, and the highest can go up to 20 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -19 °C, with an average temperature of -13 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in November, when precipitation is around 57 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Lake Louise, with an average rainfall of 32 mm.

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How to Get to Lake Louise


Although Lake Louise doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 154 km from Lake Louise. Airlines that fly from Canada to Lake Louise include Flair Airlines, WestJet and Air Canada. The shortest domestic flight to Lake Louise departs from Vancouver and takes around 1h 25m.


Another option to get to Lake Louise is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 153 km from Lake Louise. You’ll find branches of Turo and Avis, among others, in Calgary.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Lake Louise, including Ebus, Cold Shot and Red Arrow. From Red Deer, the bus ride to Lake Louise takes 145 km and will cost you around C$ 33. From Edmonton, the ticket costs about C$ 149 for a journey of 274 km.

Airports near Lake Louise

Airlines serving Lake Louise

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,510 reviews)
Air France
Good (498 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (306 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,202 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (2,048 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
Excellent (3,066 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Lake Louise

Where to stay in popular areas of Lake Louise

Most booked hotels in Lake Louise

Canadian Rockies Inn - Adults only
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 205+
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 271+
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 502+
Emerald Lake Lodge
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 170+
Hi Lake Louise Alpine Centre - Hostel
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 49+
Mountaineer Lodge
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
C$ 156+
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Renting a car in Lake Louise

Renting a car in Lake Louise costs C$ 70 per day, on average, or C$ 141 if you want to rent it for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 30% cheaper than airport locations in Lake Louise.

Expect to pay C$ 1.73 per litre in Lake Louise (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 20.71 and C$ 27.61. The most frequently booked car type in Lake Louise is Intermediate (Mazda Mazda3 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Hyundai Sonata or similar) are, on average, 20% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.