Alberta, Canada’s Banff National Park is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular displays of natural beauty. One of the most iconic features of this amazing region is the icy blue-green gem, nestled between Rocky Mountain peaks, known as Lake Louise.
This glacially-fed lake was called Lake of the Little Fishes by the resident Stoney Natoka First Nations people. In the modern era the name Lake Louise was designated in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the daughter of Canada’s Governor General from 1878 to 1883, the Marquess of Lorne.
The gorgeous color of the water, described as turquoise or emerald, is the result of rock flour being continually deposited in the lake by the surrounding melting glaciers. This rock flour is a fine silt that is created as glacial ice moves and grinds away at the mountains’ bedrock. (It is not the result of periodic draining of the lake and painting of the lake’s floor, as was recently revealed as a joke for April Fool’s Day!)
Located in the heart of Banff National Park and close to the Trans-Canada Highway 1, it is a memorable stop for any tour or road rally in the area. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a wide variety of hiking trails around the lake, as well as opportunities to enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and canoeing in the summer, and skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, heliskiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
On the eastern shore of the lake sits Fairmont’s Chateau Lake Louise, a majestic luxury resort that was originally built as one of Canada’s grand railway hotels in the early 20th century. One of our favorite experiences for incentive clients in the Banff area is to take part in the delightful tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Guests enjoy spectacular views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier from the Fairmont’s front-row seat locale, while sipping a signature tea blend and nibbling delicious pastries and finger sandwiches. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the lake!
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