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To reach Lake Louise village, drive 57 km (35 mi) west of Banff. Exit the Hwy 1 onto Lake Louise Dr; the first right leads to the Lake Louise Visitor Centre with geology and history exhibits. Samson Mall boasts shops and restaurants; walking trails are on both sides of the Bow River. Continue 5 km (3 mi) on Lake Louise Dr to the lake and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a grand hotel built in the late 1800s by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The lakeshore promenade offers world famous views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. Sleigh rides, skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. Return to the village, cross over Hwy 1 and drive Whitehorn Rd to Lake Louise Resort. Even non-skiers enjoy bars and restaurants in the impressive log-built day lodge.