Lake Louise: A Perfect Summer Fun Destination

Jewel of the Rockies – Lake Louise is one of the best places in Banff National Park to visit this summer.

Lakeshore view of Lake Louise in Banff, Canada
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

And there are many reasons for the same. Most people wait for the entire year for the summers and visit this awe-inspiring lake. The moment you reach here and catch the first glimpse of the pristine waters of Lake Louise, you will get all your answers as to why people are drawn to this beauty. There is so much to do here in the summer. Wondering why this spectacular place should be at the top of your summer travel list? Let’s find out.

Beat the crowd

With the stunning and picturesque mountains, you won’t regret visiting Lake Louise, a popular destination in Banff National Park. If you truly want to experience the tranquility of the area and don’t want to see the crowd, set your alarms early. Early morning is the best time to feel the fresh alpine air, see the sweeping mountain vistas, and enjoy the lake all by yourself. You can see your mountain reflections in the water and have a peaceful time.  

Yet another way to beat the crowd is exploring the lesser known areas around Lake Louise, which could be Moraine Lake or the surrounding hiking trails, to have a more intimate experience with nature.

Paddling or Kayaking

After enjoying the lakeshore views, get started with some adventurous activities. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and enjoy everything that Lake Louise has to offer. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and an extra pair of clothes. While kayaking, you will see the shimmering Victoria Glacier and feel a deep connection to nature.

The best times to paddle or kayak are either late afternoon or early morning. Water is calm during these times, and you get to see the incredible reflections of the lake.

Hiking trails

Lake Louise is called the hiker’s paradise. It has hiking trails suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. You can go to the Kicking Horse Pass Viewpoint or go to the Ptarmigan Valley Viewpoint. Finally, after witnessing the majestic views, head back down to the base and relish some food at the delicious dining spots to refuel yourself.

For someone who wants to feel the adrenaline rush of doing some strenuous hikes as fun summer activities, the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail is waiting for you. In addition to the mountain views, you can see several glaciers along with the wilderness of Banff National Park. So, whether you’re a novice hiker or a seasoned adventurer, the trails around Lake Louise offer something for everyone.

Sightseeing lifts

Summer Gondola ride is the perfect way through which you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Louise. You can even spot some grizzly bears. It is not limited to that, but you can view a whole bunch of wildlife there.

If you are a foodie and love dining and exploring different restaurants that too at the mountains, Lake Louise can fulfill your food dreams. It has some wonderful dining options located right at the base. You can check out the restaurants like Whitethorn Bistro and Slopeside Coffee for the same.

Horseback riding

Several guided tours are available for horseback riding which takes you through the forested trails and alpine meadows. The gentle sway of the saddle is enough to create a soothing and immersive experience for you. Riding a horse with a guide makes your trip more interesting as he will share fun anecdotes with you. It could be about the geology, history or wildlife of the region. This will make your exploration more interesting.

What’s more? Horseback riding allows you to access those areas of Lake Louise that might be otherwise difficult for you to reach by foot. You get a chance to see the wildlife from close and observe the creatures like bears, deer, or elk, which adds an element of excitement to your ride.

Wildlife watching

Lake Louise is located in the Banff National Park, which is home to diverse kinds of wildlife. If you are a wildlife lover and want to spot or capture some of the best shots of animals, be sure to come here in the early mornings or evenings. Watch some grizzly bears, deer, mountain goats, or elk.

When you have made up your mind to watch the wildlife, it’s best to keep some things in mind. Come prepared with your binoculars or a good zoom lens. Don’t give any food items to the animals, as it can cause serious health repercussions to them.If you have opted for a sightseeing lift, don’t drop anything from it.

Lake Louise is definitely a perfect getaway for couples, families, solo travelers, and adventurers alike. Whether you want to go hiking, paddling, or simply sightseeing, let this summer in Lake Louise prove to be an unforgettable experience for you.

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