Lake Louise RCMP are investigating a sudden death over the weekend.

A Parks Canada visitor safety officer received a report on Friday night of an abandoned car parked at the trailhead to the Polar Circus Ice Climb.

The caller reported their concerns since it was so late in the evening for anyone to still be out climbing or hiking.

RCMP officers were able to make it to the ice climb the following morning on Saturday at 10:30 and conducted a search using a drone.

A short time later they located a deceased 42-year-old man and using a helicopter they were able to retrieve the body.

An autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.

It was originally reported as an accidental by the RCMP, but they have since retracted that and are awaiting autopsy results.