We drove about 51km northwest of Banff along the Trans Canada Highway to Lake Louise on August 19, 2000. Known to the Stoney Indians as "Lake of the Little Fishes," Lake Louise was named in 1884 in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria.
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If you have ever been to Cancun, Mexico, you will appreciate the glacier-fed turquoise waters of Lake Louise. The snow-covered peak which frames your photos is Mount Victoria, which sits on the Continental Divide. The color of Lake Louise is actually due to its depth and minute mineral deposits of glacial sil and rock dust carried down from the Victoria Glacier. We took many pictures in every direction of mountains and glaciers that surround this magnificent spot. Kodak had Lake Louise in mind when he invented the camera. We hiked or strolled at a good pace due to the wind and cool temperatures the 2km along the north shore of Lake Louise and wound up at the tea house for some warm refreshments. We meandered back at a much slower pace and took in the natural beauty with Chateau Lake Louise in the foreground.
Chateau Lake Louise was built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad to catch the overflow of people from the Banff Springs Hotel. There was not a dollar spared in the construction of this wonderful mountain resort. This Diamond in the Wilderness offers dramatically rugged mountain views from the 500 guest rooms, manicured grounds, nine restaurants in which to enjoy your meal while gazing at the lake and mountains in the background, and shopping that will satisfy the most demanding of shoppers. If you are in the Banff or Jasper area, a visit to Lake Louise and the Chateau is a must!
We left Lake Louise and continued on to the smaller Moraine Lake, which is nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The turquoise waters are just as spectacular as Lake Louise, and canoes were available to rent if you wanted to paddle in this glacier fed lake. There was also a large rockpile that many people of all ages were climbing to test their physical ability. It would be a shame to miss either of these jewels in the Canadian Rockies.
Enjoy Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.
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