Getting Here

The Chateau Lake Louise is located in the village of Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains about a 2 hour drive west of Calgary. If the weather or traffic is bad, the drive time will be longer. We recommend you arrange your transportation from Calgary to Lake Louise and back as soon as possible. International flights will arrive at the Calgary International Airport (YYC), and depending on the time of your flight, there are several options to get to Lake Louise.

Getting from Calgary International Airport to Chateau Lake Louise

Due to the large variation of when people will be arriving, delegates need to arrange their own transportation to the Chateau Lake Louise. Options are to use one of the bus services that operate on a regular schedule, to rent a car, or to take a taxi. Details of how to book these options are below. Using a bus service is highly recommended because it is the most relaxing way to travel, especially if the weather is poor.

Getting from Chateau Lake Louise to Calgary International Airport

Many delegates will be departing on Friday March 1, 2019, and QMSKI can offer free limited chartered bus service for that day. The conference closes at noon, but we offer an ‘early’ and ‘regular’ departure time to Calgary International Airport:

Early Bus: Depart Chateau Lake Louise at 8:00 am (14 seater bus), arriving approximately at 10:30 am.

Regular Bus: Depart Chateau Lake Louise at 1:00 pm (36 seater bus), arriving at approximately 3:30 pm.

To reserve a seat on one of these two buses, please complete the form below. If these times do not work for your schedule, please feel free to book your own transportation by one of the options under Transportation Options.

 

Transportation Options

The buses are regular and very relaxing if the winter drive is not appealing to you. Rental cars would work well too, especially if people can arrange driving together. A taxi is an expensive option, and is only recommended if none of the above options are possible. 

Luna Express Bus

A one-way bus ticket with Luna Express is $90.00 CAD and a round trip is $165.60 CAD. If you are unable to take advantage of the charted QMSKI return bus (Friday 1st March), you may want to purchase a round trip. If you purchase a round trip make sure you let Luna Express know you are with the QMSKI conference as they may offer you a discount. Estimated travel time is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Luna Express Bus Times

Calgary Airport to Lake Louise                    Lake Louise to Calgary Airport

8:30am                                                            3:30am

15:00pm                                                         12:15pm

Midnight                                                         18:00pm

Luna Express may be able to add additional bus times. Please call (+1-844-576-2507) or email (info@lunaexpress.ca) them to enquire. For more information visit the website: https://www.lunaexpress.ca/schedule/  

Brewster Bus

A one-way bus ticket with Brewster is $95.00 CAD and a round trip is $162.00 CAD. If you are unable to take advantage of the charted QMSKI return bus (Friday 1st March), you may want to purchase a round trip. Estimated travel time is 3 hours and 15 minutes (with stops in Canmore and Banff).

Brewster Bus Times

Calgary Airport to Lake Louise                     Lake Louise to Calgary Airport

9:30am                                                            6:15am

11:30am                                                          10:00am

13:00pm                                                         12:00pm

15:30pm                                                         14:00pm

18:30pm                                                         17:15pm

Please call +1-877-625-4372 to book or enquire. Alternatively, booking and additional information can be found on the website: https://www.banffjaspercollection.com/brewster-express/schedule-locations/

Rental Car

Rental companies offer cars for rent at the Airport (book ahead!). Please be advised that Canadian weather can be unpredictable and highway driving should be taken with caution. Ensure that your rental car has winter tires. The Fairmont hotel offers parking for $30 per day for self-parking and $35 per day for valet parking. 

Rental Car Companies

https://www.enterprise.ca/
https://www.budget.ca/en/locations/ca/ab/calgary/yyc
https://www.avis.ca/en/locations/ca/ab/calgary 

Taxi

A taxi, limousine or luxury car from Calgary to Lake Louise is approximately $350 to $600 CAD. If you are bringing skis you may not be able to get this type of transportation. A variety of different options are available at the Calgary Airport. If you are bringing skis please ensure that the equipment can be taken in the vehicle (not all can).

http://www.yyc.com/en-us/travellerinfo/groundtransportation/limousines.aspx

Confused?? Email info@qmski.org with your question(s) and we’ll be sure to answer them.

Getting Around Banff and Lake Louise

For local transit between Lake Louise and the town of Banff, “Roam “ public transit buses are available. Please click here for information on schedules and prices.

 

Visas

When planning your trip to QMSKI 2019, please check your visa requirements and be weary of the time that it takes to obtain a Canadian travel visa (can take up to 6 months for some countries). Please check here if you require a visa to enter Canada.

Please refer to the link below for more information, guidelines, and requirements:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html

There are new regulations around flying into or through Canada. If you are a visa-except foreign national or lawful permanent resident of the USA, please check if you require an eTA at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/facts.html

Lake Louise Activities

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Winter Activities on Lake Louise

Located right on Lake Louise, the Chateau Fairmont Lake Louise boasts a fantastic location for great winter activities on the lake. Rent skates from the Chateau (or from Banff/Calgary for a more economical option) and skate right on the lake. The lake offers great cross country skiing tracks with skis available for rent. Be sure to check out the ice sculptures and ice castle on the lake and 'warm up' at the ice bar located right on the lake with a cocktail or hot chocolate.

For an extended list of winter activities, see the Winter Activity Guide.

Fairmont Lake Louise skate rentals: https://www.fairmont.com/lake-louise/promotions/skatingonlakelouise/

Two-hour rental: Adults $15 | Children $10 | Hockey stick $5
Full day rental: Adults $25 | Children $20

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Economical Banff rentals:
https://www.banffadventures.com/Things-To-Do/Winter-Activities/Winter-Rentals
$15 per day for ice skates; $20 for cross country skis; $15 snow shoes

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Lake Louise Ski Resort

With shuttles departing from Chateau Lake Louise daily, Lake Louise is a skier's dream with its fresh powder, tree runs, and groomed runs for the whole family. The resort offers rentals and ski lessons.

https://www.skilouise.com

Lake Louise Restaurants & Bars

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Fairview @ Chateau Lake Louise

If you are looking for a more upscale place to dine, the Fairmont is an excellent choice. With excellent views that look onto Lake Louise itself. Savour the very best in contemporary Canadian cuisine. They are known for their kind and friendly waiters and the excellent selection of food and wine. Be sure to book ahead of time for their traditional afternoon tea and make sure to request a spot by the window.

http://www.fairmont.com/lake-louise/dining/fairviewdiningroom/
Hours: 5:30 pm- 9:30 pm Daily.
Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont Hotel

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The Lakeview Lounge @ Chateau Lake Louise

The name says it all. It is a wonderful restaurant and lounge that looks into beautiful Lake Louise. With a nice range of appetizers and main courses along with their lakeview signature sweets, there’s bound to be something for everybody.

Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm: All day menu, 9:00 pm- 11:00 pm: Cocktails & Wine Menu.
Location: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Banff, Alberta (Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise).

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The Outpost Pub at the Post Hotel

It is located just five minutes down the road in the back of the Post Hotel. It is a popular place due to the cozy and rustic atmosphere with large portions of excellent food. They have soups, salads, and burgers. The salmon burger and fries are a customer favourite.

https://posthotel.com/cuisine/the-outpost/
Hours: 4:30 pm-12 am.
Location: 200 Pipestone Rd, Lake Louise Alberta.

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Trailhead Cafe

This cafe is both a tourist and local favourite. Their menu is continually updated to feature new eats that are creative and delicious. This is a popular location for breakfast and serves omeletes, muffins, pancakes and other delicious creations. Customers also coin it as the “Best coffee in the village.”

https://www.facebook.com/lakelouiseAB/
Hours: 7:00 am-6:00 pm.
Location: 101 Lk Louise Dr, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta.

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Laggan's Mountain Bakery

The perfect place to get a good snack, quick breakfast, lunch or a nice coffee. It’s full of daily fresh baked goods. Try the BOB (breakfast-on-a-bun) if you want to experience the local breakfast. Say hi to Gene!

http://www.laggans.com
Hours: 7:00 am-6:00 pm.
Location: 101 Village Road, Lake Louise Alberta

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Truffle Pigs Bistro

Located just 15 minutes West from Lake Louise on the Trans Canada Highway, you can find the quaint, quirky and very popular Truffle Pigs, where they invite you to come pig out! At Truffle Pigs we believe in fresh local and regional ingredients, and non-medicated meats. We believe the mealtime experience should be social and energetic, and that children have a place at the table. And we believe that neither cooking nor eating should be rushed, because quality food and quality time go hand in hand. Say hello to Jenn!

http://www.trufflepigs.com
Hours: 11:00 am-11:00 pm (no food after 9pm)
Location: Filed, British Columbia

Banff Activities 

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Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

The town of Banff is a 40 minute drive east on the Trans Canada Highway. The recently renovated Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a wonderful place to explore Canadian performing, visual, literary, and digital art. The facility boasts a number of art galleries, a beautiful library overlooking the Rocky Mountains, and musical performances (jazz, classical, contemporary, opera). While you’re there, visit the Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar and the Walter Phillips Gallery.

https://banffcentre.ca/
Visit the website for seasonal hours.
Admission: Free

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta

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Banff Hot Springs

Discovered pre-1800, the Upper Banff Hot Springs is a lovely place to soak your muscles and ponder musculoskeletal imaging while overlooking the snowy winter valley below. At 1,585 meters of elevation (5,200 ft), Banff Upper Hot Springs is the highest operating hot spring in Canada. Thermal waters enjoyed at this facility must be pushed vertically over 2000 metres through a big crack in the layers of rock, called the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. The facility is family friendly and if you’re wanting a blast to the past, try renting their retro bathing suits (regular bathing suits and towels are also available for rent and purchase)! The Banff public transit bus stops at the base of the hot springs.

http://www.hotsprings.ca/banff-upper-hot-springs
Hours: Sun - Thurs (10am-10pm), Fri - Sat (10am-11pm)
Admission: Adult: $8.30, Children: $6.30, Family: $24.50
1 Mountain Ave, Banff, Alberta

Banff Restaurants & Bars

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Grizzly House

If you are a lover of fondue, hot rock eating, or just missing Switzerland, this is the place for you. They include a variety of selections including beef, buffalo, chicken, rattlesnake, lobster, shark, cheese and chocolate. They have a wine cellar with over 100 labels to compliment every menu selection. At the Grizzly House enjoy a taste of the exotic and the eclectic.

http://banffgrizzlyhouse.com
Hours: 11:30 am- 12 am.
Location: 207 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta.

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Beaver Tails

One of the most quintessential Canadian delicacies. They not only sell their signature beaver tails, but they serve poutine, beverages, and frozen treats. Beaver tails are a deep fried delight that is served fresh each time. With toppings ranging from the classic cinnamon and sugar to the triple trip, which includes chocolate hazelnut spread topped with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter, there’s something for all levels of indulgence.

http://beavertails.com/en/  
Two locations in Banff: 201 Banff Avenue Banff Alberta, and 120 Banff Avenue Banff, Alberta.

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Bear Street Tavern

Bear Street Tavern is home to some of the best pizza in Banff and their signature Pork Belly Mac + cheese is to die for. This restaurant is good for pairs, groups, or families. Come on down and enjoy a beer, or a bear sized cocktail and finish with a ridiculously good pizza.

http://www.bearstreettavern.ca
Open daily from 11:30 am.
Location: 211 Bear Street Banff, Alberta.

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The Eddie Burger + Bar

A great stop if you’re looking for both a classic burger or a twist on it. Known for wicked burgers that are made from Alberta beef, or bison. They also serve dressed up hot dogs, wings, and a very Canadian poutine bar. They also serve classic and adult versions of milkshakes. If you’re looking for classic eats with a new spin on it this is the place for you!

https://www.eddieburgerbar.ca
Hours: 11:00 am- 2 am.
Location: #6 137 Banff Ave Banff, Alberta.

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