Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise

Saskatchewan Glacier
Saskatchewan Glacier

On the way down from Jasper to Lake Louise, we stopped off to hike the Parker’s Ridge trail which overlooks the Saskatchewan Glacier. The weather seems to have deserted us here, but I don’t remember that. It all looks very dramatic in the cloud.

By the time we got to Lake Louise, all was sunny again. On arrival, we climbed to a lookout over the Lake and the fabulous Chateau Lake Louise – and we had to do it twice!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

On the map, it looked as though you could do a circular walk by taking a steep rocky path down from the Lookout to the Lake and following it round the water’s edge to the original starting point. However, when we got to the Lake it seemed that any previous path was long submerged. We paddled for a bit, but when it became wading we had to turn round. I got back up that steep rocky path PDQ and was glad that a) this was near the end of the holiday and I was much fitter than when we set out and b) we had a table booked for dinner which we would miss if we didn’t hurry. This was a huge incentive as you can imagine!

The next day, we hiked the Plain of the Six Glaciers and Lake Agnes trails. My main memories are that, despite my smile, I was very unhappy on the scree sections and (better) that there were two tea-houses on these trails. Unaccountably, we have no pictures of them, but I’ve checked the guidebook and my memory is correct. Scotland’s mountains need more tea-houses! 😉

On our final day, we ventured first to Moraine Lake:

Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake

Then we crossed the border into British Columbia. Many years before, we had a holiday in BC and the furthest east we ventured was Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. So this time we ventured west to revisit them and our two holidays “met up”.

The following day, we drove back to Calgary for our flight home. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series – I remembered the Rockies being beautiful but they are even better in retrospect. I want to go again! If you read earlier posts, you might remember that this was my 50th birthday trip in 2007. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to work out that I have another big birthday coming up soon, so maybe I should celebrate in the same place? Especially as Canada also has a big birthday in 2017 (150th) and I’ve recently read that all National Parks will be free next year to celebrate. Watch this space….

In the meantime, our next Canadian trip will be to Toronto. Hints and tips from local bloggers welcome! And finally, this post is linked to Jo’s wonderful Monday Walks series. She has a lovely spring-time Algarve walk this week, which should cheer you up whatever your own weather is doing. Enjoy!

 

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46 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise

  1. Cezane & Michelle May 9, 2016 / 10:43

    Beautiful photographs! They make me nostalgic about when I went hiking last 😛 you have an amazing post here 🙂 – Michelle

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  2. jazzfeathers February 25, 2016 / 21:43

    Anabel, I’d say, just go! The place is so beautiful!
    My sister wanted to visit Canada years ago. Unfortunally, it didn’t happen.But maybe one day… I may go with her 😉

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  3. rosemaylily2014 February 22, 2016 / 09:14

    What amazing photos Anabel – the scenery is stunning! Many years ago my in laws did a driving holiday round parts of Canada and they sent us a postcard from Lake Louise – it looked just like your photos! I have relatives in Toronto but have never been there myself – one day!

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  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy February 17, 2016 / 14:02

    Such an amazing part of the world…

    I hadn’t heard about the Canadian National Parks being free in 2017. I am hoping to get Paul out to this part of Canada (he’s never even been to the country, which I still find hard to believe, as I don’t remember a time when I hadn’t been there!), and getting into the parks for free would be just an added incentive.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 17, 2016 / 15:12

      Wow, I’ve been to Canada 4 times and had to cross the Atlantic! Mind you, I’ve probably been to more states than the average American too.

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      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy February 17, 2016 / 15:27

        I wouldn’t be surprised if you have – I am shocked at how little traveling most people do, as I love to travel so much. I’m trying to get Paul to many new places, and I think he enjoys it (if nothing else, he keeps going places, so I’ll take that as enjoyment!).

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  5. hilarymb February 16, 2016 / 12:06

    Hi Anabel – looks amazing despite the not so brilliant weather – but free parks in 2017 – sounds a great opportunity .. and it’s fun writing up trips isn’t it .. cheers Hilary

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    • Anabel Marsh February 16, 2016 / 12:39

      It certainly is fun reliving such great memories!

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  6. La Sabrosona February 16, 2016 / 09:48

    You know I want to meet up with you too right? We could go to Kensington market, China town, Little Italy. I could get passes from the library for a tourist attraction. Email me: myspanglishfamilia@gmail.com

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    • Anabel Marsh February 16, 2016 / 10:25

      Thank you! It would be lovely to meet. I will email you when I know more exactly what we are doing.

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      • La Sabrosona February 16, 2016 / 12:43

        Sounds good 🙂

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  7. Alex Hurst February 16, 2016 / 02:58

    I really hope I’m going to have the chance to visit there when I’m back in N. America! I want to take the Canadian railroad from one end to the other. 😀

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  8. Su Leslie February 15, 2016 / 23:03

    I just love that shot of Moraine Lake. Thanks (as always) for taking me along on this journey.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 23:44

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? Yet I don’t remember much about it, beyond that image. Or maybe we did just stand and stare!

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