Monday, October 14, 2013

Day 8 continued ......Lake Louise

Lake Louise
After leaving Sulphur Mountain we drove 35 miles northwest to our next stop, Lake Louise.
This mountain resort in the Banff National Park is a popular destination for hiking, canoeing, and skiing.
Also known as "Jewel of the Rockies" or as the Stoney Indian people called it "Lake of the Little Fishes", this is one of the most picturesque places on the planet and I'm sure anyone who's ever been there would agree.
 It is one of the most photographed lakes in the world and for a reason. 
The sparkling emerald colored lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the Victoria Glacier.
The emerald color of the lake comes from rock flour carried into the lake by meltwaters from six glaciers that overlook the lake.
Mount Lefroy is to the left of Victoria and Mount Aberdeen is the peak just visible to the right of Lefroy.
On the other side of Victoria we have Mount Whyte, in the middle is Big Beehive, and Mount Niblock just to the right and behind Beehive.
The beautiful scenery surrounding Lake Louise was in itself enough to make it worth the trip.
Stunning, really is the best word to describe it.
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Fairview Mountain
Canoeist out on the lake.

The Chateau Lake Louise Hotel is located on the eastern shore of the lake. Rooms at this luxury resort hotel start at $350 per night.....slightly over my budget!
The surrounding gardens were just beautiful as well and very well maintained.
My sister and brother-in-law in the Chateaus garden.
I really would like to know what it takes to get a basket of flowers to bloom like this?
As we were leaving I spotted this young couple sitting along a stream and just had to capture the moment.  That is the face of pure joy.
Just minutes from Lake Louise we stopped at the Deer Lodge for lunch.
It seemed like everywhere we went in Canada they had absolutely beautiful delphinium flowers blooming. I have never had success growing them and decided our winters are too cold. But after seeing how they bloom in Canada's short summer maybe it's not cold enough in Ohio or perhaps our summers are too hot.  Whatever it is I sure wish I knew what it takes to grow them.
Does anyone know what these pink flowers are? They remind me of coneflowers but the center looks more like a daisy. I think they are so pretty and would love to know what they are.
Lupines blooming at the Deer Lodge.
I'll have one more post on day eight.


  1. Wow Pearl... These are fantastic photos. I've heard about Lake Louise all of my life... I can understand why it's such a photographer's dream!!!

    The Chateau Hotel and Deer Lodge are both gorgeous... AND--I love seeing the flowers... What an awesome place!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. We took a "Leaf Photo Op" day trip yesterday (Smokies, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway)... The colors --especially on top --are at peak. GORGEOUS. Hopefully, if I can get my act together, I'll publish a blog post on Friday...

  2. These photos are gorgeous. What a beautiful place to visit and well worth the trip just to be able to gaze on all of that wonder.
    Cher Sunray Gardens