Find the best place to stay — Lake Louise

Discover Lake Louise, the "Gem of the Rockies"

Set at the foot of a shimmering glacier, Lake Louise has every right to market itself as the "Gem of the Rockies". As you gaze out at the impossibly turquoise water, it's hard not to throw around a starburst of adjectives. As well as exploring Banff National Park, Lake Louise vacation rentals provide an ideal base for exploring the Canadian Rockies. You can cruise along the Icefields Parkway, ski at Sunshine Village, soak in thermal hot springs and more.

Enjoy high tea in Lake Louise

Hike the 2-mile Lake Agnes Tea House trail and you'll find a postcard-perfect log cabin that's been serving loose-leaf teas since 1905. You can also splurge on high tea at the Fairview Lounge in Chateau Lake Louise. When you're had your fill of the lake, why not throw on your hiking shoes and explore the wild trails that wind their way through Banff National Park? For a true taste of the Rockies, pack a tent and spend the night sleeping under the stars. Alternatively, connect with nature from the comfort of a Lake Louise vacation rental cabin.

Get sky high on the Lake Louise gondola

Don't forget your camera, because you're going to want to snap photos of brazenly gorgeous Lake Louise. A forested trail winds around the lake and is a great way to take in the scenery from every angle. You can also rent one of the colorful canoes from the Lake Louise Boat House or ride the Lake Louise Gondola for breathtaking alpine views. Just a few miles away, is Moraine Lake, aka Louise's little sister. Like its sibling, it dazzles visitors with turquoise water and a backdrop of soaring peaks.

Hit the slopes at Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a stunner at any time of the year. Summer is the most popular time to visit, with crowds peaking over July and August. For postcard-perfect snapshots, plan your visit from late June onwards, when the lake is fully thawed. In winter, Lake Louise transforms into a snow-dusted wonderland. There's also every chance of gorgeous bluebird days. Planning on hitting the slopes? With cozy decor and blazing fireplaces, Lake Louise vacation rentals put you just steps from top resorts, such as Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.

Glacier lakes and grizzly bears in Lake Louise

Lake Louise sits at the foot of Victoria Glacier, in Canada's iconic Banff National Park. Ever wondered how the lake gets its startling turquoise color? It's all thanks to the light-bending properties of tiny particles of silty rock runoff from from the glacier. Don't forget that Banff is grizzly and black bear territory, so hike in groups and carry bear spray. For safe encounters, try cruising along the Bow Valley Parkway, where there's every chance of seeing bears grazing on the side of the road. Gaze up and you could see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky.