Savour a taste of Lake Louise
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Lake Louise, AB - Lake Louise is famous as a hiking and nature destination, and for good reason, but what you may not be as familiar with are all the great dining options to complement a day of activity in the mountains. Picture yourself on the patio of the Lake Louise Ski Resort lodge, with its golden wood beams, as you soak in the fresh mountain air, scenic peaks and wildlife viewing. From the Lake Louise Inn, to the Lodge of Ten Peaks, to the Banded Peak Base Camp, to the Whitehorn Bistro, you can eat your way from base to summit.
Breakfast & Coffee: Lake Louise Inn or Lodge of Ten Peaks
A great way to start the day is by grabbing a bike from Wilson’s Mountain Sports, in town. From there it’s a quick ride to the Lake Louise Inn, where I highly recommend the raspberry smoothie at Legends Restaurant. You can also grab your coffee fix, so you can start your day off right.
For the more adventurous, a three-kilometre ride uphill will get you to the base of the Lake Louise Ski Resort (tip: for an easier ride, you can also rent e-bikes here). Or, you can start your day with ease here.
They always say that the most important meal of the day is breakfast, so why not have it at the Lodge of Ten Peaks? The cozy alpine café is situated to the right of the entrance to the Lake Louise Resort and serves freshly made food. Here, you can pick up salads, sandwiches, yogurt cups and snacks to take away, or order hot set meals such as burgers, wraps and poutines.
With your tray filled with a chicken wrap, crispy french fries and cola, head out to the outdoor terrace and breathe in the fresh mountain breeze. There’s no better way to enjoy your delicious fresh meal than with a beautiful mountain view.
Lunch: Banded Peak Base Camp
For some activity to make room for lunch, head to the gondola for an alpine hike. On the way to take the Lake Louise Gondola, you will notice the Banded Peak Base Camp. The restaurant is a hexagonal-shaped wooden house surrounded by a large wooden patio. Their slogan: "Crafted for adventure", which is printed on the patio umbrellas, is on-brand.
Pick the perfect table with a view of the mountains and take a seat! The barbeques on the patio are always grilling meat which fills the air with a delicious, hunger-inducing smell. Their beef brisket burger is a delicious, juicy treat sandwiched between two golden buns. Wash it down with a glass of craft beer and lean back into the rattan chair while admiring the mountains. You’ll truly feel relaxed here.
You can always make a second visit to treat yourself to some homemade ice cream; they’re perfect for cooling down in the summer heat.
Afternoon tea/dinner: Whitehorn Bistro
After taking the gondola or chairlift up the mountain, enjoy dinner at Whitehorn Bistro. Located on the second floor above the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, this restaurant sits at 2042 metres above sea level, and gives you a 180-degree panoramic mountain view from the patio, with Copper Mountain, Niblock Mountain, Lake Louise and the famous Victoria Glacier in view.
The restaurant is committed to providing guests with food that matches the stunning mountain views. The menu is filled with seasonal dishes made from ingredients from local and boutique suppliers, which are then prepared for you by a one-star Michelin chef!
The selected cocktails are prepared with local spirits while using various techniques or brewing methods to achieve a truly unique smoky flavour and there are also as many as 25 craft beers from the best breweries in Alberta and BC. When beautiful dishes such as the game and artisan cheese platter and the saffron and lemongrass salt spring mussels arrive at the table, it’s impossible to stop taking multiple pictures of the beautifully plated food.
As you listen to the jazz music playing on the patio and admire breathtaking mountain views, plus the rich taste of your meal will leave you feeling relaxed and pleasant. It’s an adventure that will elevate both your mind and body.
WHEN YOU GO
- Enjoy a stay at the Lake Louise Inn, right in the heart of town.
- Grab a “Ride and Dine” ticket to save on your lift pass and meal.
- Watch for special dining events like the upcoming Beer Vs Wine Lunch or the Winemaker’s Lunch on the mountain throughout the season, by checking the Lake Louise Ski Resort events page.
- For an epic adventure, grab a bike (or e-bike) from Wilson’s Mountain Sports and ride the Bow Valley Parkway, an approximately 100 kilometre round trip (if the distance is daunting, grab an e-bike to make the ride easier). The highlight is riding from Castle Junction to the Highway 1/1a junction, where 20 kilometres of the road are closed to vehicle traffic!
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