Follow the Bow River Northeast as you drive this popular route between Banff and Lake Louise.
Points of Interest
Lake Louise Overflow Parking
When you get close to Lake Louise, look for electronic signs stating the parking availability up at the Lake itself. If overflow parking is suggested, take note of the parking lot on your left about 6km before town. Shuttles pick up here regularly to take travelers to the Lake.
This drive follows the valley path of the Bow River, so enjoy driving by the mountain peaks on your right - Castle Mountain, Protection Mountain and Armour Peak.
Food & Drink
There are no services between Stanley Glacier Trailhead and Lake Louise Village. However, if you're in need of a snack when you arrive there are some great cafes and restaurants within walking distance of the Village.
This small cafe serves up hot drinks and many delicious meals, including gourmet breakfast sandwiches, pastries, & even caribou stew! Seating is limited so be prepared to take your goods and sit in the courtyard to eat.
Laggan's Mountain Bakery & Cafe
This location has a huge display of pastries, brownies and cookies but also serves up plenty of standard cafe fare. There's a good number of seats inside, but it can be crowded on a busy (or rainy) day.
Bill Peyto's Cafe
This restaurant flies under the radar in town because it's hidden in the local HI Lake Louise Alpine center, which also serves as a large hostel. It's a great place for a dinner meal to be surrounded by other travelers from all over the world who are staying at the hostel. You'll also have a chance to learn all about the incredible hostel and cabin systems that are present across Canada in both urban and rural areas.
Feel free to park in the Lake Louise Village Parking Lot where these route notes end or at your accommodation for the night.