Activities at Lake O’Hara:
Lake O’Hara consists of 12 lakes, 25 well-maintained trails, and 5 glaciers. Optional activities include: hiking, mountain climbing, camping, fishing, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing, and skating.
The most popular activity at Lake O’Hara is most definitely hiking (keep on scrolling to see some of the stunning views you can uncover and you’ll understand why!)
How to get to Lake O’Hara:
Most trips to Lake O'Hara begin with a reservations-required shuttle bus ride, though you can also hike up the 11km access road. The Lake O'Hara bus runs mid-June through the end of September (or early October, depending upon weather conditions).
You can view the bus schedule to Lake O’Hara here.
The 25-minute bus ride departs from the Lake O’Hara Parking Lot, 12 km west of Lake Louise, AB. You are not required to reserve a seat on the outbound bus and you can hop on whichever one you’d like, even if you have hiked in to Lake O’Hara. Dogs are not allowed on the bus but are permitted in Lake O’Hara (you must hike in and out with dogs).
How to book bus reservations: You can book your day use reservation of the Parks Canada Reservation System . Day use reservations for the Lake O'Hara shuttle bus for the 2019 season will open on April 20, 2019 at 8 a.m.
Where to stay:
If you wish to overnight at Lake O’Hara, there is a campground, a lodge, and a backcountry hut that you can make reservations at. Overnighting is a great idea if you wish to have plenty of time to explore the many trail systems.
Learn more on the Parks Canada website.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time for a hiking trip to Lake O’Hara is between July to September, after the snow has melted and the weather is warm.