Geez Louise

Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
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Trip End Jun 11, 2012


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

With a somewhat return to normality having secured employment in Banff, I was back into a routine of some sort. Night shift doesn't come naturally so the transition hasn’t been easy. On my 2 days off (which actually was 3 days if you count daylight) I ended up sleeping at just about any hour. This was better than sleep broken in two halves of course. I decided to make the most of the daylight and organised to take a trip up to Lake Louise yesterday afternoon. I booked the tour through Discover Banff and got picked up down the road. We drove along the Trans-Canadian Highway for a while going under bridges made to allow wild animals to cross the fenced roads freely. We turned off for our first stop at Castle Mountain, not before having the rare opportunity of seeing one of the 50 wolves in Banff National Park walking through a roadside field. Castle Mountain itself is geologically different to the surrounding mountains and almost seems to stand out on its own. After a few happy snaps we jumped back on and were on our way.

Lake Louise is only 50kms from Banff so the drive wasn’t long. Upon exiting the highway, we drove up the inclined road towards the mountain range. Lake Louise is higher in elevation than Banff so I was expecting it to be chilly, but the sun was shining so it made for a pleasant day. We walked from the parking lot and all of a sudden, there it was. Not so much a lake, but a giant ice rink just starting to melt; surrounded by mountains, glaciers, frozen waterfalls and the substantial Chateau on the lakefront. It was a sight to behold and take in. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have seen so far. With the lake frozen during winter, it makes cross country skiing and ice skating possible. During summer, the lake shines green from the rock flour that washes down into it. Only having an hour, I walked around a portion of the lake which was still encompassed with snow and had a peek into the chateau’s grand reception.

The drive back was quiet, except for our only stop at a bend of the river which revealed 2 coyotes walking along the railroad tracks. All in all, a memorable day!
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Robyn on

Dan looks like you've had some terrific weather so far but I'm thinking you've got a few months to get yourself some warm clothing before next Autumn comes around in prep for the next big freeze. Take care, r

Linna on

Gorgeous photos Dan! I met a couple there who were planning their wedding and wanted it in the middle of the lake in winter and the bride would make her entrance on ice skates (not sure if she was allowed though) - now that's some entrance! I wish I couldve seen it iced over. I was there in late summer.. It was pretty but apparently not as magical as it is in winter!

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