Get outdoors and skip the lines during the high season
Where to pitch a tent: In a subalpine spruce forest, 61 sites at Marble Canyon Campground (from $22 U.S.) are a five-minute drive from the trailhead.
Where to book a room: Your best bet for bed, bath—and hot tub—is in Banff. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (from $408 U.S.; fairmont.com) is the luxe—and large—option. Kootenay Park Lodge log cabins (from $132 U.S.; kootenayparklodge.com) are an intimate, affordable alternative, as is the Banff Boutique Inn (from $205 U.S.; banffboutiqueinn.com).