Lake Louise/Chateau Lake Louise., Banff National Park
Lake Louise sits in a hanging valley above the Bow Valley, one of several scooped out of the Bow Range by the huge glaciers that flowed down from the Great Divide in past ice ages.
Gorgeous, isn't it?
LAKE LOUISE: No photograph can prepare you for the real place! It's stunning & dynamic. You've to see this 'Mona Lisa of the Mountains' for yourself! The transformation of colors & mood are just too amazing to describe in words!!!
Probably the most photographed lake in the country. This absolutely gorgeous body of water will take your breath away. Even when it's frozen over in winter it is spectacular. But best to visit when the water is open and you can see the intense colour of the water yourself.
Canoes for rent, trails to hike (day trips and backcountry), cliffs to climb, horses to ride.. it's all here. Oh, and a big-ass luxury hotel (with a convention centre being added) right next to the lake, complete with restaurants and shops. Definitely something for everyone.
The Chateau was built in various versions over the past century. The current structure was built after the fire of 1924, and expanded in 1986 with the Glacier Wing. A visitor to the hotel was once told that the water is such a beautiful blue because "the hotel pulls the plug every night and completely repaints the bottom." The aqua color is really due to very fine rock flour from the glacial runoff in the Lake reflecting the sunlight. You can rent a canoe in summer or go horseback riding, or --in the winter--go skating on the lake.
Lake Louise itself lies a few hundred metres above the Bow Valley floor. The lake is surrouned by several mountains, a glacier, and of course the Chateau Lake Louise. There are several other hotels near the lake, and very fine dining can be had without having to drive down to the valley.
Drive up the winding road from the town to stunning Chateau Lake Louise, which towers over the lake, but is in turn dwarfed by the surrounding mountains and glaciers. This 2.4 kilometre (1.5 mile) long lake, at 1,731 m (5,660 ft) is over 200 metres above the Bow River, is nestled between three stunning mountains: Mount Victoria (with the glacier), Mount St. Piran (on the right) and Fairview Mountain (on the left).
The Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, located at the ski area, offers the most spectacular view of Lake Louise and the glacier-clad peaks of the Great Divide. The 14 minute ride climbs to a top elevation of 6,750ft (2,057m) above beds of wildflowers, natural springs and possibly even some wildlife! Capture the majestic views of the Rockies from your choice of an open chair, bubble chair, or fully enclosed gondola. At the top, join an interpretive guide for a complimentary nature walk, or visit the Heritage Centre and Observation Deck at Whitehorn Lodge. Restaurant and cafeteria facilities are available daily for breakfast and lunch in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks, located at the base of the Gondola. Special Ride ‘n Dine tickets are available.
View the majestic Victoria Glacier and beautiful Lake Louise. At Lake Louise visitors can enjoy horse-back riding, hiking, canoeing, etc. The original Chateau Lake Louise (Canadian Pacific) was originally built in 1890.
There's a catch 22 here, no doubt of the most scenic lakes in Banff but that very fact makes it one of the most developed and crowded also. Great views but don't expect solitude here.
Another small village in the park is Lake Louise, which is also the name of the glacier fed lake . The Chateau Lake Louise is the well known hotel on the shores of the lake.
While the humans left me in the car, they went for a drink at the Fairmont...well they couldn't get waited on so they brought their own Jager....yikes
Hike up to the top for breath-taking views. There's a Japanese Tea House near the top that's situated perfectly for a nice break.
Just sit & stare... that's a great way to spend an afternoon here - at the Chateau Lake Louise. Can't afford a room here in the Summer; it's as high as US$250 a night!
With mountain-view like this, it's no wonder the chateau is packed with day-tourists & many honeymooners.
The mirror-like Lake Louise is famous around the world. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we'd have to catch the reflection next time.