Guidebook

7 Best Hikes for Families near Lake Louise, Alberta

A family-favorite destination in Banff National Park, Lake Louise has something for everyone.

Description

Of course you’ll want to bring your whole family to Banff National Park, where the many activities amid the natural splendor of the Canadian Rockies hold something for everyone. At Lake Louise in particular, the main attractions are, of course, the lake and the mountains, but you’ll also find a variety of accommodations, camping, dining, shopping, and other sightseeing.

When it’s time to hike, try one of these family-friendly trails in the area. All are accessible by private car or transit, all are well-traveled and safe, and all allow dogs on a leash. Not all are easy, however–you’ll find a variety of difficulties and distances in these ideal family hikes near Lake Louise.

Bow River Loop Trail
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Bow River Loop Trail

Lake Louise
1 - 2 hrs
7.0 km
107 m
107 m
Easy stroll on a nature path that connects campgrounds and restaurants in Lake Louise Village.
Easy
Private
Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail
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Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail

Banff National Park
1 - 2 hrs
5.9 km
166 m
167 m
An easy stroll along the shores of Lake Louise
Easy
Private
Fairview Lookout
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Fairview Lookout

Banff National Park
0 - 1 hrs
1.9 km
132 m
132 m
Casual stroll through dense forest, to an elevated viewpoint of Lake Louise and the chateau.
Easy
Private
Lake Agnes Loop

Lake Agnes Loop

Banff National Park
1 - 2 hrs
6.6 km
399 m
399 m
This quick ascent allows for spectacular views of Lake Louise from above and the opportunity to taste tea made from glacier water at Lake Agnes Teahouse.
Difficult
Private
Big Beehive
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Big Beehive

Banff National Park
2 - 3 hrs
10.4 km
594 m
594 m
Bonus hike past Lake Agnes to an incredible viewpoint above Lake Louise.
Moderate
Private
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail
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Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail

Banff National Park
0 - 1 hrs
2.8 km
47 m
47 m
Stroll along the tranquil shore of Moraine Lake
Easy
Private
Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Waterfall
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Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Waterfall

Banff National Park
4 - 5 hrs
19.6 km
730 m
730 m
A longer day hike that leaves the crowds behind, passing a small lake and reaching a unique waterfall in the Banff backcountry.
Moderate
Private