Home Neighbourhoods: Lake Louise
Lake Louise is just a 40 minute drive northwest of Banff, and being smaller makes the wild moose, elk, deer, bears and other large mammals a little more
obvious. Lake Louise is much cozier and less commercial than Banff; it feels
like the doorway to the ruggedness of the Rockies on both sides of the
Albert-British Columbia border. Lake Louise itself has two parts: the townsite in the Bow River Valley, and
the famous Lake itself on a plateau up the road. Be sure to enjoy both parts of Lake Louise.
The town is also the starting point of the Icefields Parkway, and the town's visitor centre is "Mile Zero" of the road that winds past the Columbia Icefields up to Jasper.
There are no schools in Lake Louise.
The town of Lake Louise has a small Samson Mall, right beside the Icefields Parkway Interpretive Centre. For serious shopping, locals head either to Canmore /Banff or to Calgary.
There is TONS to do around Lake Louise, with plenty of hiking trails both in the Valley and in the slopes of the mountains on all sides. Skiing Louise ski hill is on the east side of the Valley, and the Chateau Lake Louise, built right beside the epinomious lake is up a hill on the west side of the valley.
The only people permitted to live in Lake Louise are ones that Parks Canada has determined have a "need to reside", in other words, those who own local businesses or work in them.