Lake Louise Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 70%Family Travelers
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- Lake LouiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. The lake has a surface area of 0.8 km2 and is drained through the 3 km long Louise Creek into the Mighty Bow River.
Fairmont's Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada's grand railway hotels, is located on Lake Louise's eastern shore. It is a luxury resort hotel built in the early decades of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The guest lounge (which is easy to get around the Tourist access restrictions) and its picture windows is my favourite place to admire the Lake.
I have been fortunate to have visited Lake Louise during all 4 Seasons. The Lake looked very different and more gorgeously interesting each time. My favourite experience was in the Winter and enjoying a walk on the Lake, while admiring the ice falls and the folks trying to scale them. Close behind was a Fall loop hike up to Lake Agnes, onwards on the Point of Six Glaciers trail, enjoying a respite at the 2 Tea Houses, and then back down to the Chateau for a celebratory drink. Summer unfortunately is more of a Tourist scrum, although I had fun counting all the different Nationalities that were visiting.
Traveller Tip - The Lake Louise Parking Lot is one of the Places that Parks Canada looks for evidence that you paid the entrance fee. That evidence is usually a receipt taped to your car window. Be ready, or be prepared to walk in from the Deer Lodge (or other points) if you plan on unfairly cheating the Canadian government.
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