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  • Jim B
    Windsor, Canada3 contributions
    To me, this was the most beautiful lake we visited while in Alberta (and there are beautiful lakes around every corner).
    It is far less busy than Lake Louise, which allows you to take in its grandeur while getting a postcard worthy shot.
    A short, steep walk up to the main viewing area rewards you with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains, but if you gave mobility issues, it'll be impossible to do. Don't worry, the view is just as beautiful from the lakeshore.
    Parks Canada has closed the road leading to the lake to personal motorized vehicles (unless you're handicapped). Parks Canada offers shuttle buses to the lake, as do other companies. We opted for the Parks Canada shuttles, and they were easy to use and ran frequently (every 15-20 minutes). Gives you a fantastic opportunity to view the mountains on the drive to the lake.
    Written 3 November 2023
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, GA835 contributions
    The water at Peyto Lake is just as blue as all the pictures that you have seen. There is a paved path from the parking lot that leads to an overcrowded overlook. Do not settle for the crowded overlook. As you approach the viewing platform, the paved trail heads off to the left. Follow the trail to the left and up an incline. There are several trails off to the right that lead to a deserted clearing where you have a peaceful view of the lake to enjoy without the throngs of bus tourists.
    Written 17 November 2023
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  • andy g
    1 contribution
    Loved 😍 the Ski Friends tour of Lake Louise Ski Resort with Linda & Steve! Saw WAY more of the mountain than I would have on my own. Linda & Steve made me feel very welcome as the only snow boarder in a group with 9 other skiers. Terrific fun, loved Lake Louise. I'm a Ski Friends fan for good now.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, GA835 contributions
    Lake Louise is at the top of everyone's list for a visit to Banff, and with good reason. It is a beautiful lake with tremendous scenery all around. However, if one never leaves the banks of the lake, you only see a small sliver of the beauty of the area. Hike to one of the tea rooms or up to the beehive to get the most out of your visit to Lake Louise.
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, GA835 contributions
    If you are not staying lakefront at Lake Louise, then plan on arriving early for parking. We arrived at 6:30 to snag a parking spot before the lot closed. The weather was a mixed bag with a bit of rain and snow. The lakefront at sunrise was very busy. The crowds thinned as we made our way along the lake to the Plain of Six Glaciers. As we hiked along, we heard what sounded like thunder. As we got deeper into the canyon, we realized the boom was the sound of snow falling away from the glacier. We hiked to the very end of the trail past the teahouse for a closer view of the glacier. All along the trail were views back down the canyon to Lake Louise.
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • BruinDan
    Fullerton, CA2,883 contributions
    Located near Lake Louise in Banff National Park, the Lake Agnes Trail is a 4.6 mi/7.4 km out-and-back hike with an elevation gain of 1,259 ft/383.7 m. My wife and I completed this hike on a chilly and overcast day in mid-October 2023. This trail is rated in most guides and publications as being moderate to moderately challenging, but as a 69-year-old experienced hiker, I definitely found it to be more in the difficult range. We did not carry bear spray as this is a very popular trail with a great deal of foot traffic, which made the likelihood of a bear encounter much smaller.

    To reach the trailhead, park your vehicle in one of the public parking lots for Lake Louise (these lots fill up quickly, so arriving before 9am is recommended). NOTE that there are no restroom facilities along the trail until you reach Lake Agnes, so you might want to use the public restrooms near the parking lot. Once you are looking at magnificent Lake Louise, turn right and follow the paved promenade; look for the fork to the right as you reach the end of the grounds for the Chateau Lake Louise. There you should see a small sign directing you to Lake Agnes. Take the paved trail heading up the hill toward the forest.

    Once in the forest, the trail eventually becomes hard-packed dirt and progresses ever upward. NOTE that the trail’s uphill grade is relentless; there are very few places where it temporarily levels out, so take your time and take rest breaks when needed. At around the halfway point, just before a switchback, there is an opening that allows you a great view of the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. Continuing your uphill trek, you eventually reach Mirror Lake, a popular rest stop for hikers. The fog was so thick this morning that we couldn’t see more than a few feet of the lake, but it still provided for a welcome respite.

    From Mirror Lake there are signs that point the way to Lake Agnes. For a while, the trail is uphill but in good shape, but then you come to a stretch where the trail becomes extremely rocky. In addition, the trail is also used by horses, so we also had to contend with lots of fresh horse droppings as well. After you pass that section you will hear a waterfall, which is your signal that you are almost there. Next to the photo-worthy waterfall are stairs that will lead you to the famous Lake Agnes Teahouse.

    The teahouse was closed for the season, so we found a place next to the lake to rest and relax. We could barely see the lake, as at this elevation (7,005 ft/2,135 m) we were basically sitting in the middle of a cloud. However, at one point the clouds dramatically parted a bit and we were able to catch a glimpse of the impressive peaks that surround the lake.

    Typical of my reaction to difficult hikes, I grumbled all the way up about how hard it was and how tired I felt, but once I got back to our car I admitted I was glad we did it. It was a beautiful hike and well worth the effort.
    Written 27 December 2023
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  • Henry O
    1 contribution
    We opted to have a guided hike through the back country area at the ski hill. Our guide, Alicia was fabulous. Her knowledge of the area showed how little things can make a big difference. And that even the smallest of hints could help keep you safe. Plus, her amazing attitude was unflustered by my slower pace in hiking. Truly amazing
    Written 15 September 2023
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  • Isabelle
    London, UK101 contributions
    Victim of its success, the hotel is always crowded. But it’s the best location to capture sunset and sunrise on Lake Louise. The indoor pool opened as from 6am was greatly appreciated, after a delicious diner at Louiza and before heading for the copious buffet breakfast. My room with view on parking was small but quiet.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • luv4phood
    Marietta, GA835 contributions
    This is by far the best way to view Lake Louise. Plan ahead to have lunch from this tremendous overlook of Lake Louise. We approached the Big Beehive on our return hike from the Plain of Six Glaciers along the Highline Trail. We left Big Beehive by the switchbacks down to Lake Agnes. Both were equally strenuous. Thee is no "easy" way to approach the Big Beehive.
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • Vincent C
    253 contributions
    Besides the uphill climb, this was beautiful. The views from a top were amazing. The VERY top wasn't great but the clearing just near the top with an opening gave you the best views you see on the internet.

    Along the way you can visit Lake Agnes and see Mirror Lake as good pitstops to rest.
    Written 11 September 2023
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  • Denise
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands85 contributions
    A steep hill to get there, more challenging because of the snow on the path. Please wear good footwear and no sneakers as some of the people we have seen. But the view is definitely worth it!!!
    Written 10 October 2023
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  • Catherine W
    Chippenham, UK252 contributions
    We hiked the Larch valley trail in September while staying at Moraine lake. The first section is zigzags up hill lasting perhaps 45 minutes then it’s gently sloping through the wonderful golden larch trees. It was not a sunny day when we did it and when we reached the lake near Sentinal pass we had flutters of snow and the path to the pass looked very bleak so we didn’t continue on up. You need average fitness we are both fairly fit and in our seventies and layers of clothes, to take off on first ascent and put on higher up. Hat and gloves useful here. It wasn’t over crowded when we did it but plenty of noise to keep bears at bay.
    Written 6 October 2022
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