When visiting Lake Louise and the surrounding national parks, planning is essential. Below you will find information and recommendations to help get you started.
Lake Louise Webcam
See the lakeshore and famous view right now.
Lake Louise Weather
There is no official weather forecast for Lake Louise (the Weather Network one is a fiction). Your best choice is Environment Canada’s Yoho National Park forecast – just make it one or two degrees cooler.
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
The main tourism site for this area.
The Field and Yoho National Park Guide
A beautiful site about Yoho. The main town, Field, is only 20 minutes from Lake Louise.
These are the official national park websites, which include trail reports, maps, shuttle information and more:
Buy your national park entry pass ahead of time online at this webpage.
RMV Visitor Maps
These are the best free maps of the area. You can get hard copies of them almost everywhere here, including the one for Banff / Lake Louise.
Experience the Mountain Parks
These commercial visitor guides have reasonably good maps of the national park that outline basic sightseeing. You can get hard copies of them from visitor centres here.
Gem Trek Maps
Gemtrek has a series of driving maps, but more importantly, the best topographic hiking maps for this area. They can easily be purchased locally once you arrive, including two specific to Lake Louise:
Use this interactive Googlemap to see where things are located and to get an overview of the hotels in the area. Notice that there are some hotels between Banff and Lake Louise: Baker Creek Mountain Resort (10 min from Lake Louise), Storm Mountain Lodge (30 minutes from each town) and Castle Mountain Chalets (20 minutes from each).
This webpage lists most of the hotels in Lake Louise itself and at Moraine Lake (20 minutes away). It is, however, missing Paradise Lodge and Deer Lodge, as well as our youth hostel.
See our Interpretve Shows!
During the summer, we do evening interpretive shows at Moraine Lake Lodge
This site lists almost all possible accommodation in Banff town, including hostels and B&Bs. It is less useful for Lake Louise – see above.
Recommended and Unique
We have friends who own a small lodge in Banff.
Becky and Lee O’Donnell own Banff Boutique Inn.
Field and Yoho National Park
Yoho has a range of accommodation from hostels to luxury hotels, including many “home accommodations” that are often small suites with kitchens. The main town, Field, is only 20 minutes from Lake Louise.
Canmore, AB & Golden, BC
These two locations are each about a one hour drive from Lake Louise. When things are full in the national parks, they can provide another place to look. They also provide less expensive options. Each is developing its own tourism offering, which means even more things to see and do.
You can see current open days and link to a booking form on our availability calendar.
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My home, Banff National Park, is part of the traditional territory of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Stoney Nakoda Nation, the Tsuut'ina, and the Ktunaxa. It is my commitment to honour these original people, and to assist in achieving the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.