Post # 1
Has anyone visited Lake Louise? I really want to go but I am on a limited budget. Any suggestions on where to stay or what there is to do out there? I just keep drooling over the pictures and think this would be such a cool destination for a honeymoon. If you are out of the country, what airport do you fly into and is it worth road tripping a little around the area?
Post # 3
I’ve looked up flights into Calgary but wow, how expensive! Anyone have any advice on Lake Louise?
Post # 4
All I can say is its beautiful. I went there on vacation as a kid so I’m no help on accomodations. I’d imagine you’ll want to road trip all around Banff National Park!!!! Perhaps staying in Banff will be more afforable and you can slpurge on a night at Chateau Lake Louise!
Post # 5
@Pupperoni: I’ve been there an it’s absolutely gorgeous. The water is freezing unless it’s dead summer and even then it’s chilly because of the glacier. The water really is THAT blue though. Breath-taking 🙂
I would reccomend that you splurge and stay at the Chateau Lake Louise a night or two and then tour around the other parts of the area. The whole Banff National Park is to die for. You can even go to the hotsprings in Banff. We’ve always had fun camping all over that entire area. You can’t go wrong if you love the outdoors because there are countless parks, trails, and other activities.
You would definitely have to fly into Calgary, but I think you might be able to take a smaller plane into one of the smaller towns if you check to see which have airports.
Post # 6
It’s really pretty!! I’ve been there twice, but it’s been a long time. For activities there is canoeing, hiking and horse-back riding. Like PPs have said – fly into Calgary and then maybe rent a car so you can visit Banff and other places around there. I’m sure there are even camp sites you can stay at so it would be cheaper!
Post # 7
I’m not sure exactly what you are looking for, but if you want something intimate you can check out Liard Hotsprings. You would fly into Fort Nelson and then drive to the springs. It has a lodge and some cabins I believe. The whole place is pretty rustic and isolated. I don’t even think they have cable or anything like that. The springs are natural too, no man made swimming pools. DH and I have been meaning to drive up, but haven’t yet. We have friends who recently went for a romantic getaway and they loved it! They went during an off season and had the entire place to themselves 🙂
It’s a little unknown gem of BC I think 😉
Post # 8
I grew up in Alberta. My suggestion is to stay in Canmore, which is just outside of Banff, but doesn’t require a park pass to stay in. It’s much more of a family town than Banff, as well. Check out expedia for places to stay, but be warned – it’s not cheap no matter how you look at it. Before April and after October are the cheapest. I suggest spending money on a room with a kitchenette – that way you can make breakfasts and lunches and some dinners. Try the Banff Boundary Lodge. It’s absolutely worth it to road trip around – you need to see the Columbia Ice Fields and the town of Banff while you’re there. The Banff Hot Springs are totally worth a trip as well. You might also consider going up to Jasper – it’s beautiful there as well.
I know this isn’t going to be a popular idea for everyone, but consider camping – that’ll save you a bundle.
Post # 9
Lake Louise is breathtaking and, like someone else said, the water is really that blue! Chateau Lake Louise is an awesome hotel, so is the Fairmont Banff Springs (you feel like Harry Potter if you walk the property at night!). Another really cool property is the Jasper Park Lodge. It looks like a giant campground. You can get a cabin & there are caribou roaming freely about the grounds. Definitely something you don’t see every day!
Post # 10
My parents have been to Banff and stayed at Chateau Lake Louise. I really want to go there because of this picture they took:
You should definitely go if it’s in your price range. I’ll be jealous too. 🙂
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i visited Banff and Lake Louise and it was gorgeous! no suggestions though we didnt stay overnight. here is a pic though!
Post # 13
I live in Calgary and have been to Lake Louise and Banff hundreds of times. I would say that the Banff Springs Hotel is the place to stay but it is a little pricey. It’s very touristy but a great place to go.
Post # 14
Yep, you would fly into Calgary and rent a car.
It is almost 2.5 hours to Lake Louise but check out Banff on the way as well!
I stayed at a hotel in banff that was under $150 a night.