Lake Louise

Sun sets on Lake Louise
Sun sets on Lake Louise

For good reason, Lake Louise is the first destination that springs to mind when most people start ringing off Canada's Rocky Mountain meccas. Accompanied by the stunning backdrop of the Victoria Glacier, the crystal blue waters have attracted scores of visitors lured by the magnificent setting and plethora of activities available to families and adventurers of all abilities.

For the winter sport enthusiast, the Lake Louise Mountain Resort serves as the gold standard against which all other North American ski resorts are measured. The resort spans four mountain faces, with 139 marked runs catering to skiers and snowboarders from beginner to advanced. The hill features a terrain park for snowboarders, and summer visitors can make use of the gondola for sightseeing, with spectacular views of scenic vistas, ancient mountain glaciers, natural springs, and a chance at wildlife viewing opportunities.

Lake Louise also serves as one of Banff's summer hotbeds due to its stellar collection of hiking trails, imposing quartzite cliff faces that make for prime targets for rock climbers, and canoe rentals.