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Lake Louise: Survival Guide

Lake Louise: Survival Guide

on Sep. 10, 2016 by

The most beautiful place in Canada, Lake Louise is situated in the Canadian Rockies. Sadly, often people do not come prepared but hopefully my Top 10 tips for Lake Louise survival guide will have you ready to go like no other!

Tips & Advice
  • What: Lake Louise & Fairmont Hotel
  • Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 [Map]
  • When: Early June
  • Price: FREE
  • Why: Most beautiful place in Canada!

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Completing a 17.3 KM hike in 11 hours, facing giant mountains & difficult terrain, making it one of my biggest challenges to date. The experience was absolutely exhausting but I never felt more accomplished. Realising my short-comings I assembled this top 10 list for you to be better prepared:

  • 1. Bring Your Own Food

    Food near Lake Louise is extremely expense, make sure to purchase your items prior.

  • 2. Bring Your Own Water

    You may face areas without water for many kilometers so come prepared.

  • 3. Bring Sunscreen

    If it is a sunny day and you are as pale as me than definitely bring a good amount of sunscreen.

  • 4. Avalanche Hunting

    Pay attention to rumbling noises, you may encounter an avalanche!

  • 5. Teahouse

    Try the incredible chocolate cake at the Teahouse which also offers astonishing views. Cash only!

  • 6. Abbot Pass Viewpoint

    Hike 7.5 KM up the mountain for an epic view inside a giant glacier.

  • 7. Bring Bearspray

    This is bear territory, come prepared and bring bear spray!

  • 8. Pack Light

    You will be facing many steep climbs and rough terrains, packing light is a must!

  • 9. Beehive

    Absolutely the most amazing view in Canada, on top of the Beehive at Lake Louise!

  • 10. Strong Hiking Boots

    I made a big mistake hiking on my running shoes while encountering snow, ice and rough terrain.

  • 11. Optimal Route

    Take the Lake Agnus route towards the Beehive than go to the Abbot Pass Viewpoint and return alongside Lake Louise.

  • 12. Go Early

    Parking is often hard to find during the afternoon peak hours.

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I was lucky not running into any flesh hungry bears during my solo hike on the way back down. It was a huge mistake not bringing bear spray.

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Together with my friends from Holland we spent an entire day at this mesmerizing place, being fortunate enough that it was one of the best days of the year. Early June is highly recommended!

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You need a lot of stamina if you want to include the Abbot Pass Viewpoint, the Beehive and Lake Agnus in a one-day hike but trust me, it will be worth every drop of sweat!

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To confess; there was a moment when I thought of quitting but luckily was rescued and motivated by an experienced group of hikers.

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My advice; do not swim in Lake Louise, the water is 5 degrees Celius which could cause hypothermia in minutes.

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Lake Louise is absolutely a highlight in Canada! Now make sure to watch my other video on the 10 Tips for Alberta, Canada.

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