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Located 57 km / 35 mi west of Banff, Lake Louise is a charming resort village. Exit Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and turn left 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; it’s a 3.5 km / 2.2 mi hike one-way to Lake Agnes Tea House. Two outfitters in the area offer horseback riding. Return toward the village, go right at Moraine Lake Rd (closed Oct-May) and drive 12 km / 7 mi to Moraine Lake. Scamper 0.5 km / 0.3 mi up the Rockpile for the best view of the lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks. The café, patio and restaurant at Moraine Lake Lodge offer respite; several walks begin here. Backtrack over Hwy 1 and along Whitehorn Rd to the Lake Louise Gondola for views, dining, hiking and nature displays. Fun fact: the rich hues of Louise and Moraine lakes result from light reflecting off glacial ‘rock flour’ suspended in the water.