"Lake Louise Village" Banff Town/ Lake Louise Town Tip by sunnywong

Favorite thing: Lake Louise Village doesn't amount to much, but it's an essential supply stop, with more or less everything you need in terms of food and shelter (at a price). Most of it centers round a single mall and parking lot, with a brand-new youth hostel and a few outlying motels dotted along the service road to the north. There's nothing to do in the village, and unless you have a vehicle to take you to the lakes you're likely to be bored and frustrated. The smart new Lake Louise Information center, a few steps from the car park, offers not only information but also high-tech natural-history exhibits (daily mid-June to mid-Sept 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 8 till 10 p.m. in high summer; winter 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 522-3833).

Fondest memory: A short way from the village, the Lake Louise Gondola runs partway up Mount Whitehorn (2669m). To reach it return to and cross over the Trans-Canada, and follow the road towards the ski area; the gondola is signed left after about 1km (daily June & Sept 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; July & Aug 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; $9 return, $5 one-way). At the top (2034m) are the usual expansive views, self-service restaurant, and several trailheads.

Address: Banff National Park

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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