Activities in Lake Louise
There’s plenty to do in and around Lake Louise if you ever need an alternative to the thousands of acres of downhill skiing and boarding!
Book one of a variety of dog sled tours, available every day subject to the weather conditions, through the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
There aren't many experiences more special than skating on the vast Lake Louise. An area of the frozen lake right in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is reserved for skaters each winter and specially prepared every winter season. Both figure skating and fun hockey matches are offered on the lake with rentals available on site and no reservations necessary.
You skate with the impressive backdrop of the massive Victoria Glacier with the added spectacle of an ice castle, crafted each year by the hotel’s Executive Chef Dominique Guyton from giant ice blocks.
Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides
Book a wonderful sleigh ride by the lake available every day through the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Cross Country Skiing
There are literally hundreds of kilometres of both track set and natural skating trails of cross country skiing surrounding Lake Louise and Banff with differing levels of difficulty from novice to advanced.
NHL Ice Hockey
The local team is the Calgary Flames and its possible to go and see them in action at a full NHL game if you’re visit coincides with a match. Ice hockey is Canada’s biggest sport and the games are a great experience. Matches take place in the Calgary Saddledome and are family-friendly fun.
There are several dozen shops in Lake Louise, concentrated in a small mall conveniently located mid-way between the ski slopes and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and there’s also a good range of shops in the Fairmont Chateau itself, including a wonderful crystals shop. It’s well worth heading to Banff for a shopping trip too, there are around 200 shops there.
Mineral Hot Springs
Banff's historic Mineral Hot Springs Pool is open daily all through the winter. You can soak through the day or relax in the wonderful hot water under the stores.
There are some spectacular ice formations in the region with huge pillars of blue ice and giant frozen waterfalls. Ice climbing for all abilities is offered at the Bow Valley Parkway, a thirty minute drive from Lake Louise. Wearing special 'ice cleats' you walk to the lower canyon on suspended walkways to the Lower Falls then carry on to the ice grotto in the spectacular Upper Falls.
Anyone can try snowshoeing on the deep snow of the local Great Divide area. Book a snowshoeing excursion and after a brief introduction to the simple basics of snowshoeing you’ll head into the forest, looking out for evidence of wildlife and learning about how they deal with the tough winter conditions.
RK Heliski offer helisking in the nearby Purcell Mountains, one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever enjoy on skis, with deep powder on slopes all to yourself, riding through stunning scenery on light fluffy snow.
RK Heliski is based in nearby Panorama just over the provincial border in British Columbia and they offer helisking excursions varying in length from a day to multi-day packages. Collections and returns to Lake Louise are available for an extra fee (making for a rather long day!) provided at least two people book. Ensure that you have travel insurance which covers you for heliskiing.
Nighttime tours of Lake Louise are well worth while on clear nights with a guide leading you to the best spots for star gazing and with snowshoes strapped to your feet so you can walk easily over the deep powder. If it’s full moonlight the area will be magically illuminated with clear moonlight shadows, or you may get lucky and see the Northern Lights.
Lake Louise’s Race Center isn’t just for the world’s best athletes. If you’re in a group of friends or colleagues you can take part in team building activities that will help you feel like you’re one of the best. Book a ‘Podium Club race package’ for your group and have a truly unforgettable day. Packages include training from the resort’s ski and board school pros, as well as a top notch lunch, lift passes and the big race itself.