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Lake Louise Travel Guide

Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a mountain resort village just off the Trans-Canada Highway, 56 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of Banff, and is situated in Banff National Park. This gorgeous emerald-green lake is the stuff seen in postcards and picture calendars all over the country. The magnificent Victoria Glacier towers in the background to provide a picturesque white contrast to the lake. The famous palatial Château Lake Louise, a hotel built in 1924 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, stands at the scene of it all by the lakeside. More wonderful scenery can be seen by taking the Lake Louise Gondola up Mount Whitehorn for views of glaciers, natural springs, wildlife, and wildflowers. There are trails around the lake, some leading to neighbor­ing lakes, and there are a couple of teahouses open during the summer.[1] Kayaking and canoeing are also popular during these hot months, and the trails to Fairview Mountain, Saddleback Pass, Devils Thumb, Mount Niblock, and Mount Whyte can be used for mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, bird watching, and horseback riding.[2] Supplies and other accommodation can be found nearby at Lake Louise Village.[3]

In the winter, Lake Louise becomes an alpine and cross-country skiing destination[4] with more than 110 ski runs and back bowls. There are also snowboarding terrain parks and half-pipes. Besides skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice climbing are also popular.[5]

Yet another lake sits on the other side of the Trans-Canada Highway about 8 miles (13 kilometers) to the east. Moraine Lake, as it is called, does not receive as much fanfare as Lake Louise, but is as beautifully-colored. The jewel of a lake is enclosed by the Ten Peaks and Wenkchemna Peaks, providing an idyllic site for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking.[6]

Carroll, Donald. Insider’s Guide Canada. Edison: Hunter Publishing, Inc, 1996. ISBN: 1556507100.

“Lake Louise (Alberta).” < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Louise_(Alberta)>

“Lake Louise Mountain Resort.” < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Louise_Mountain_Resort>

[1] Carroll, 122
[2] Lake Louise (Alberta)
[3] Carroll, 122
[4] Lake Louise (Alberta)
[5] Lake Louise Mountain
[6] Carroll, 122

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