5 to 6 hours / 12K return
Park at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot at Lake Louise. Banff National Park.
Description: The Canadian
Pacific Hotel Chateau Lake Louise
is located here on the east shore of
the Lake. Views of Lake Louise,
Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the
Victoria Glacier are stunning. The
Lake itself is a blue green color
that is created from glacial silt.
Some call it a Turquoise color but I
find the color of all the Glacier
fed lakes in this area
indescribable. Depending on the time
of day and the sunlight the color is
constantly changing. Canoes are
available here for rent, you can paddle
the entire Lake in a couple of
hours. There is a nicely groomed
trail that winds along the Lakes
north Shore. This trail also leads
Plain of Six
Glaciers and the
Tea House that are well
worth the effort. Mountain climbers
also access Mount Victoria, Abbot Pass and Abbot
Hut from this trail. The Lake Louise
route up to Abbot Pass is nicknamed
the Deathtrap due to avalanche,
falling rock, falling ice and hidden
crevasses near the top of the pass.
Interesting to note that Philip
Stanley Abbot was killed trying to
summit Mount Lefroy in 1896 which
was recorded as the first
mountaineering fatality in north
America. Lake Louise is also good
for fishing Lake Trout. You'll need
to try out your luck. I heard a story that someone here in early December
witnessed the entire Lake freeze over in a matter of minutes. Not sure if this
is true but it would be a rare and beautiful sight.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Plain of Six
Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
located near here.
You are in bear country.