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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise November 26th 2021

Fine light snow fell most of our day in Lake Louise. Insidious, because the World Cup skiing races had to be cancelled due to excess snow. This meant that lots of international tourists were walking along the lake edge, revelling in the famous but shrouded views. Dangerously, some ventured onto the ice, despite the warning signs of soft ice - anything for this once-in-a-life-time photo. While the others in the hiking club challenged themselves with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, I went for tea in the Chateau . The covid-era Chateau has banned seating in or near the café - takeout only. The Lakeview restaurant has expanded to the full length of the lobby, plus, a high-end restaurant, the Fairview, has been squeezed into a couple of windows-with-the-view. Actually, all ... read more
Pipestone Creek
Stones in Pipestone Creek
Slate Range above Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise November 18th 2021

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is more than a grand luxury hotel; it is a major part of Canada’s colorful history. The hotel itself has beginnings with the naming and colonization of Lake Louise. While employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882, Thomas Wilson was procuring equipment for construction when he heard the sounds of a nearby avalanche. His native companions informed him the sounds were coming from the “snow mountains above the lake.” They took him there on horseback and what he saw, he named Emerald Lake because of its blue and green water. In 1890, Canadian Pacific Railway general manager Cornelius Van Horne had a one-story log cabin constructed on the shore of Lake Louise. This small log cabin had one central area that was used as a dining room, office, bar, and ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise July 13th 2021

Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop. Lake Louise is a rare place that must be experienced to be believed. We visited the area more than 20 years ago during the month of May and the lake was still frozen over, a few months back with another heygo guide, Patrick, I virtually walked ON the frozen lake but today with Pamela she took the trail and walked along the lake trail. Firstly starting in front of the iconic Chateau Lake Louise hotel. The hotel itself has beginnings with the naming and colonization of Lake Louise. While employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882, Thomas Wilson was procuring equipment for construction when he heard the sounds of a nearby avalanche. His indigenous companions informed him the sounds were ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise April 1st 2021

Didn’t think I would ever have take to the ski slopes, but what fun that was virtually skiing downhill with Patrick virtually. Lake Louise Ski Resort is known for it’s spectacular scenery and versatile terrain. With over 4,200 acres spread across four mountain faces, Lake Louise is also one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Just minutes from the village of Lake Louise, the exceptional layout allows visitors of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise February 7th 2020

Absolutely clear light made the mountains shine with snow and glaciers. Along the Bow River near Lake Louise village, strong shadows sculpted wind-blown ridges. Bright sun polished curves and dips in the landscape. Tiny rifts of open water highlighted winter's cold blanket.... read more
Bow River
View from Lake Louise Village
Bow River

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise August 27th 2019

We head off towards today’s destination of Lake Louise which is about fifty kilometres west of Banff. The scenery is more spectacular than ever with the odd glacier now coming into view to supplement the standard offering of spectacular rocky peaks towering over thick pine forests. We’re on the Trans-Canada Highway which Michael tells us is nearly eight thousand kilometres long which makes it the world’s longest such road. It’s two lanes each way, and there are high fences on both sides, presumably to keep the bears out. Every few kilometres we go under bridges with grass and pine trees on them, which are there for the bears to use to get across the highway. We assumed we’d drive all the way to Lake Louise and park there, but we see signs on the highway telling ... read more
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Lake Louise and Chateau from Fairview Lookout

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise June 21st 2019

In the pouring rain we got on the Skrastins Club bus destined for Lake Louise. I was so shaken by the snowfall warning that I had provisional gear in case we were diverted because of bad trail conditions. Unexpectedly, the sky lightened after about half an hour, and encouraging spots of blue sky emerged after about an hour. Fresh snow twinkled from mountain tops, but nothing was on the ground. Rain ceased. While all the other hikers trod off on their paths, Candace and I had planned a lazy start to a slow day of relaxation. The coffee at the deli in the Chateau Lake Louise was mellow and rich, especially accompanied by a shared scone fill of finely chopped walnuts. Unnecessarily fortified, we joined the hundreds of international tourist... read more
Nature's sculpture
Moss fluttering in the light breeze
Victoria Glacier

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise June 21st 2019

Our separate flights home weren't until later in the afternoon, so we didn't have to rush too much in the morning. We went down for breakfast in the hotel and enjoyed a nice leisurely meal there. We soaked up the last of the excellent view and around 11:00 AM we said our goodbyes in front of the hotel. Brett & Katie's flight was a little later than ours so they saw us off. It was a wonderful vacation and another special time with our little grandson, something we don't get to do as often as we like. We'll have to do something like this again.... read more
Going Home
Going Home
Going Home

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise September 7th 2018

My tiny off-shoot of the hikers tackling the mountains around Lake Louise opted for a relaxing day walking on the lake shore and a little way up along the creek that feeds the lake. Hundreds of tourists pursued the same route in the warm sunshine shadowed by the tallest trees of the forest. The green/blue glow of the most beautiful lake in the world kept my mind from seeking any other visual excitement. We sat on a bench to eat an early lunch. Apparently, this bench belonged to a particular chipmunk. The moment we opened our lunches, it jumped on our legs and arms in a life-and-death battle to eat our food before we could. Shouting, hissing, leaping about, waving our arms - nothing scared this scavenger preparing for winter hibernation. We moved on; he didn't. ... read more
Creek feeding Lake Louise
Rocky Mountains at dawn
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise July 29th 2018

We'd flown to Vancouver but we had a wedding to attend in Saskatoon roughly 1000 miles to the east, so that meant hopping in a hire car and heading out on an epic road trip! If you look at a map of Canada that doesn't look like much of a distance, but I blame Canada for that, for being ridiculously large. Over six days on the road we crossed two mountain ranges, visited a former gold rush area, a wine region, and numerous national parks, where we saw nature of awe-inspiring beauty. We'd hardly left Vancouver when we had the first beauty spot, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Any frisson of fear from walking along a small bridge over a gigantic ravine was somewhat dampened but the hordes of tourists, but nothing could interfere with the sheer ... read more
Pekaboo!
MC in the woods
Sadly our only bear sighting




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