Lake Louise offers year-round stunning scenery. The walk along the shoreline is great way to take in some of these views, and I think it’s particularly special in winter.
It’s nice to experience the area without so many crowds as you can get in summer, and with the lake being frozen over it is a completely different experience.
Whilst you could stop just at the clearing at the front of the lake by the Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, if you can stand the cold, it’s nice to walk along the shoreline trail a little way.
It’s the same way you’d go if you were headed to the Plain of Six Glaciers in summer. If you walked along the shoreline trail on an early morning in the summer you’d likely get a nice reflection of the mountains, in winter you just get the snow on the frozen lake.
I didn’t hike all the way to the back of the lake, as I was running short on time. Instead I hiked about halfway along the trail and then turned back.
If you’re keen on doing another activity, there’s also ice skating on the lake. You can hire ice skates from inside the hotel to use on the rinks which are cleared on the lake.
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