Fairview Lookout

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1h
Distance
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2.4 km
Elevation
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165 m
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Fairview Lookout Hike

Hiking to Fairview Lookout is a great way to see Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau hotel from a new perspective. This is a wonderful trail if you are looking to explore Lake Louise without committing to a full or half day hike. Enjoy an easy path with rewarding views.

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Route Description for Fairview Lookout

From the parking lot, make your way to the lakeshore to take in the views of Lake Louise before making your way up to the Fairview Lookout. You’ll see Mount Fairview rising high above the lake on your left. Hike to the left of the lakeshore towards the canoe docks and quickly join a trail signed for Saddleback, Fairview, and Fairview Lookout.

Take this trail for 400 m before coming to a junction that leads to Fairview Lookout on the left. The trail on the right heads high up to Saddleback Pass and its surrounding peaks. Follow the Fairview Lookout trail for 1km from the junction, where you will come to an incredible viewing platform. Take in the otherworldly turquoise colours of the lake below from the lookout. When you are satisfied with your sightseeing opportunity, turn back and return to the lakeshore the way you came.

Want to find more amazing Lake Louise hikes? Check out the Plain of the 6 Glaciers, Sentinel Pass, Morraine Lake or the Skoki Lakes hike.

Getting to the Fairview Lookout Trailhead

From the Town of Banff, travel westbound along the Trans Canada Highway to Lake Louise. Take the exit and turn left. Pass through two sets of four-way stops and continue up the hill to Lake Louise. As you reach the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, turn left into the public parking area. If you do not arrive early, park in the overflow parking lot on the eastbound side of the Trans-Canada Highway and take the free Parks Canada shuttle.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Extreme

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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