The village of Lake Louise offers the following services:

  • accommodations

  • restaurants

  • Visitor Information Centre

  • medical clinic

  • RCMP (police)

  • grocery store (smaller, more expensive than Banff)

  • bank machine

  • gasoline stations

  • postal outlet (located in a store)

  • laundromat

  • equipment rentals

Tip : If you will be driving up the Icefields Parkway (Hwy #93) to Jasper, ensure that you have enough gasoline for the three-hour drive before you leave Lake Louise.  The only gas station on the Icefields Parkway is an expensive one at Saskatchewan Crossing, about an hour north of Lake Louise.  Restaurants on the Icefields Parkway are few and far between.  The choice of food at Saskatchewan Crossing and at the Columbia Icefields is underwhelming.  You might consider buying a take-away lunch in the village of Lake Louise before setting out on the Icefields Parkway.

In winter the situation on the Icefields Parkway requires even more careful planning.  From the middle of October through the middle of April, there are no restaurants, gasoline stations or flush toilets along the Icefields Parkway.  If you choose to drive the Icefields Parkway in winter, the winter emergency survival kit that you should have obtained even before you reached Lake Louise takes on added importance.  Be aware that cell phones do not work along much of the Icefields Parkway, and be conscious of how few hours of daylight there are in winter.