Snowshoeing to Fairview Lookout, Lake Louise

by - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fairview Lookout takes you to a picturesque viewpoint overlooking Chateau Lake Louise and the lake. The trail is most beautiful after a big dump of snow and best done on a clear day, so you can enjoy the view from the lookout. The highlight of our trip was log hopping and jumping into snowdrifts on the side of the trail! Allow extra time if snowshoeing with kids, so you have plenty of time to play in the snow! 


Route Description

Starting near the Lake Louise boathouse, look for the Fairview Lookout / Saddleback / Mount Fairview sign. After about 500 hundred metres, take the signed turnoff for Fairview Lookout. From here, the trail gets steeper and narrower, but not crazy enough to require heel lifts on your snowshoes. As you get closer to the lookout, you will get occasional views of the top of Mount Fairview (a great summer hike). The trail is mostly in the trees, so it's a good choice for a windy day.

Lake Louise
Starting out
Snow eating

Mount Fairview's summit peeking through the trees
Log hopping!
You can't miss the lookout with its viewing platform, benches and interpretive signs. Take a photo (or 5) and return the way you came. Do NOT continue past the lookout as it is avalanche terrain!

Fairview Lookout view on a snowy day. Chateau Lake Louise at centre.

Fairview Lookout At A Glance

Distance: 2 km return
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Washrooms: At the parking lot
Chariot Friendly? No. Much of the trail is chariot friendly (with ski attachments) but the latter part is too narrow for a Chariot, especially since this is quite a popular trail. Child carrier pack recommended.
Parking: Main public parking lot at Lake Louise
Trailhead: Look for the trailhead sign for Fairview Lookout / Saddleback / Mount Fairview near the Lake Louise Boat House.

Safety Note: Do NOT go past the lookout as there are dangerous avalanche slopes beyond!

This quick and fun trip can be combined with the Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail or Mirror Lake. If the lake is frozen, you can snowshoe on Lake Louise!


Snowy fun on Fairview Lookout Trail

Enjoy a post-snowshoeing snack at the Chateau or down in the Village at Laggan's, our favorite mountain bakery.

Happy Trails!

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