Lake Louise

Since I relocated to Canada in 2010, I have had the opportunity to visit Banff National Park twice: April 2010 and May 2012. It is impossible to translate into words what this astonishing park has to offer. What I did not know is that the lake does not thaw until June. In April and May you will still see an ice-covered lake, although you will not be allowed to walk or ice-skate. In addition, all the surrounding areas of the lake (parking lot, paths and trails) still had a lot a snow.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Stunning views to the lake, mountains and glaciers.
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. A stunning view to the lake, mountains and glaciers.

 

This week I have been blessed with the opportunity to re-visit the park and Lake Louise. Although it was a short and late visit (it was around 6pm), I was happy to finally see the thawed lake. Like the pictures you can find on internet! Lots of people kayaking and canoeing, tourists taking pictures with the lake and the glaciers in the back.

It was an amazing experience. I was not able to see the lake from the top though. Not enough time for a hike. It was a bit cloudy, so the emerald colour was not that strong as we always see on pictures. But that did not bother me. It was beautiful! And it enticed me to consider a future visit, perhaps with an overnight in the village to be able to enjoy the trails and attractions. I heard that the trails to the Tea Houses (Lake Agnes Tea House and Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House) are fantastic and allow amazing views. You can find out more about the trails by clicking here.

Lake Louise is located in the stunning Banff National Park, Alberta, approximately 184 KM west of Calgary and 60KM west of Banff. Tom Wilson (Thomas E. Wilson), employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and first non-native to visit the area, first named the lake “Emerald Lake”. But in 1884 the name was changed to “Lake Louise” to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter.

The area comprises the Lake Louise Village (or a hamlet, as they call it), the Lake Louise Ski Resort and the lake itself. Nearby you will also find Moraine Lake, another famous and iconic glacial lake. The lake is surrounded by several mountains, including: Mt. Fairview (2,745m), Mt. Lefroy (3,423m), Mt. Victoria (3,464m), Mt. Whyte (2,983m), Mt. Niblock (2,976m) and Mt. St. Piran (2,650m).

The village is Canada’s highest community, at an elevation of 1,540 meters (5,033 feet). You will find plenty of activities attractions in the summer and in the winter. If you like hiking, visit the Parks Canada’s website to access descriptions of the trails available in the area. You can also download the Lake Louise Area Map and the Hiking Brochure – Lake Louise, Castle Junction and Icefields Parkway Areas.

Have you visited Lake Louise before? I would love to hear about your experience.

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