Lake Louise


Lake Louise Camping

Exit the TransCanada Highway at the Lake Louise interchange, 56 kilometres (35 miles) northwest of Banff, and take the first left beyond Samson Mall and under the railway bridge to reach LAKE LOUISE CAMPGROUND, within easy walking or biking distance of the village.

The campground is divided into two sections by the Bow River but is linked by the Bow River Loop hiking trail that leads into the village along either side of the Bow River. Individual sites throughout are close together, but some privacy and shade are provided by towering lodgepole pines.

Just under 200 serviced (powered) sites are grouped together at the end of the road. In addition to hookups, this section has showers and flush toilets. This section of the campground is for hard-sided camping units. Across the river are 216 unserviced sites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Other amenities include kitchen shelters and a modern bathroom complex complete with hot showers. These sites are for tent campers and those with tent trailers. This section of the campground is surrounded by an electric fence, put in place to minimize conflicts with the local population of grizzly bears.

Lake Louise campsites are very popular. Campsites should be reserved through the PARKS CANADA CAMPGROUND RESERVATION SERVICE (877/737-3783) and it’s strongly recommended that you do reserve as soon as the system opens in January (check the website for the exact day and time reservations are accepted).

An electric fence surrounds Lake Louise Campground to keep out bears.

An electric fence surrounds Lake Louise Campground to keep out bears.