Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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Lake Louise Trailer Park

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 5 – Our second day at Lake Louise

We only have electrical hook-up here (no water or sewer) so Art and I decided to use the campground showers this morning. They are modern and clean.

We had plans to fish today, so we headed to the Information Center in Lake Louise Village to buy licenses.  We ended up watching a movie about Lake Louise at the Information Center, bought our licenses, and visited the shops.  We realized that we wouldn't be able to fish, see the sights and be ready for our gondola ride in Banff at 5 p.m., about an hour away, so we opted to sightsee.

We drove to Moraine Lake and the alpine lake for which this area was named, Lake Louise.  Known to the Stoney people as "Lake of the Little Fishes," Lake Louise was given its present name in 1884.  It honors Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, sixth child of Queen Victoria.  Breathtaking scenery!

We had a little time to catch a few winks before we needed to head to Banff for the gondola trip…sightseeing can be so strenuous!

The gondola ride was fun and, again, the scenery simply amazing.  At the top of the mountain, we took pictures, saw a mountain goat, and the group ate dinner in the circular observation restaurant.  As we left the gondola area, we saw two elk in velvet along the road.

Banff is a unique little resort town with everything about a 10 minute walk away.  The main street is lined with restaurants and small shops, many of which sell rocks and gems of all kinds.  I liked the one named “Rock, Paper, Silver.”   We walked both sides of the street and perused every rock shop hoping to find a matching ring and bracelet to a pendant that Joyce Miesz bought while in Alaska last year.  I know we’re not in Alaska yet, but I thought we just might be fortunate enough to find what we were looking for.  No luck yet.
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