Lake Louise Information
LAKE LOUISE VISITOR CENTRE (403/522-3833, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily mid-June to Aug., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily mid-May to mid-June and Sept., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily the rest of the year) is beside Samson Mall on Village Road. This excellent Parks Canada facility has interpretive displays, slide and video displays, and staff on hand to answer questions and recommend hikes suited to your ability.
Also here is a small shop, which stocks a good variety of park-related literature, hiking guidebooks, and Gem Trek Maps.
Lake Louise Books and Bookstores
The best Lake Louise history book is Lake Louise Past to Present by Summerthought Publishing. The book tells the story of the human history of Lake Louise. It also includes a colour map, a photo gallery showing the evolution of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and another gallery dedicated to paintings and photography stretching from the 1890s to the present day. Other books by the same company are the Lake Louise Hiking Guide and Images of Lake Louise, a small-format souvenir photo book. Also, see Lake Louise Books.
These books are available directly from the publisher (links above) or from the two bookstores in Lake Louise: THE VIEWPOINT is in Samson Mall and MOUNTAIN LIGHTS is tucked into a corner of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to the left of the main lobby.