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Have a Question about Lake Louise & Banff?

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The following are some great questions that hotel guests visitors to Banff National Park and Lake Louise often ask us. The Mountaineer Lodge hotel staff are happy to answer your questions and share their local knowledge of the spectacular Canadian Rockies in Alberta Canada.

If you have a specific question about the Mountaineer Lodge, your hotel room accommodations, packages, things to do, events, festivals or transportation email us at info@mountaineerlodge.com.  We will respond to all emails within 24 hours.


Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake – what makes them so blue & green?
The emerald and blue colours of the water comes from “rock flour” carried out into the lake by the melt water of the glaciers that overlook the lakes.

How far are the Columbia Icefields? Do I need to book a tour to visit them?
The Columbia ice field lays both in Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The Columbia Icefield feeds seven major glaciers. It is 2 hours drive from the Mountaineer Lodge. No, you do not need to book a tour to experience the Icefields, however, if you are interested in getting up close and knowing more about them, we recommend that you book a tour with experienced guides.  The ride on the Glacier SnoCoach is quite memorable.

Can you fly into Banff or Lake Louise?
The closest International airport is in Calgary, Alberta which is a 2.5 hour drive. Lake Louise is located on the Trans Canada highway. The drive out of the city is quite stunning as you enter the foothills and then are immediately surrounded by mountains.


How far is Banff, Jasper, Ski Resorts, etc?
Please click on the “Location” page of this website for detailed maps and information on distances. Banff is 40 minute drive. Jasper is a 2 hour drive. Lake Louise Ski Resort is less than 5 minute drive from the hotel . Sunshine Village is about 25 minutes and Banff Mount Norquay is 45 minutes.


What should I pack?
Year Round - You will want to bring your bathing suit, warm jackets and sweaters for layering, good walking boots, thin and thick socks, back pack, ski jacket for winter, light rain/windproof jacket for summer and of course, your camera!  Remember that the Rocky Mountains are at a high elevation and that the weather can change at any time.  It is best to be prepared

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