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The Incomparable Lake Louise

Some spend an entire lifetime dreaming about seeing the emerald green waters of the incomparable Lake Louise, but by the time I was 10, I’d seen it so many times, it’d become mundane.

Mundane? Yeah, right...

Mundane? Yeah, right…

When you grow up a mere 2 hour drive from one of the earth’s greatest natural marvels, you can’t help but take it a little bit for granted.

Of course, now that I only get to lay eyes on her glacial waters once every 2 or 3 years, I see Lake Louise for what it really is – one of the most photographed sites in the world. I’m as blown away, as the other 15,000 people from far and wide, that visit daily during the busy summer months.

Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Victoria, Fairview Mountain and The Beehive Hems, the luminescent turquoise waters of the lake are nothing less than devastating.

Agri and I first visited Lake Louise together in 2010, and he was so stunned by it’s beauty, that he proposed to me on the spot. (okay, not quite, but almost…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lake Louise is part of Banff National Park, and is considered a kind of “last outpost of civilization,” because the next closest town, Jasper, is a full 3 hour drive away.

The unparalleled colour of the Lake is a result of light scattering off glacial silt or rock flour that is deposited by the melting Victoria Glacier. The waters are always picturesque, but to see them at their most vivid, a visit in late July or August is best.

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  1. Nice Pic. i love it ๐Ÿ˜€

    October 20, 2014
  2. What a gorgeous spot in the world. Love these clear colors and the sparkle from the sun hitting the lake.

    October 20, 2014
    • Truly a beautiful spot. It was so bright, it was almost impossible to look directly at the lake without sunglasses!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 21, 2014
  3. Would looove to go! That area of Canada is high in my wishlist.

    October 21, 2014
    • Actually we wanted to road trip from Calgary, through the Rockies, Vancouver and down into Oregan and California, but we just didn’t have enough time. This area of the world is made for road trippin’ I think. Goooooo!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 21, 2014
  4. What a beautiful place, and a romantic story. ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 21, 2014
    • Truly stunning! but not that romantic… he threatened to dump me in the 10 degree water if I didn’t say yes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 22, 2014
  5. Lake Louise is stunning! I’ve been lucky enough to go twice and first trip we hiked up to the tea house on top of one of the trails. The second trip was in late spring when there was still snow and I was disappointed the lake was still covered in ice… beautiful, but those green waters were hidden away.

    October 22, 2014
    • I think summertime is definitely the time to visit Lake Louise… though I think in wintertime, they have an ice festival or something… Actually, I just did the hike up to the tea house for the first time this past summer! Isn’t it lovely? Did you have some tea up there? Lol… after making it all the way up there, we didn’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 22, 2014
      • We did have some tea… and on the hike down we spotted signs that said there was a bear sighting, so we rushed back down! All the way up we took our time and took lots of photos. On the way back I wasn’t as keen on photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ We never saw anything, but made a good story.

        October 24, 2014
  6. You are incredibly lucky to have grown up so near Lake Louise! I have been dreaming of visiting that lake for years now. And it’s still very high on my list of places to go. Gorgeous photos!

    October 22, 2014
    • Thanks Justine! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I didn’t realize how so very lucky I was to grow up next to Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis until recently… living in the big city has definitely made me appreciate the majesty of nature much more than I used to.

      October 24, 2014
  7. My friend from Toronto just told me about Lake Louise after I mentioned Forget-Me-Not, after you’d blogged about it recently. I definitely see what you mean, though, about people taking what they have nearby for granted: most of the visitors to the Newport Mansions are from outside of Rhode Island.

    October 23, 2014
    • I think Calgarians are pretty good about taking advantage of all the amazing natural beauty close to them… I know my parents head out at least 5 or 6 times a year to the different parts of Banff National Park and Kananaskis. Lol…it’s just me that takes things for granted. Ha!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 24, 2014
  8. wow, what a beauty! Canada in general is heaven for nature lovers like me. I can’t wait to get my ass over there next year โค

    October 25, 2014
    • Agri @ Travel-Stained #

      Hi Suze! Yes, Canada is truly blessed in the nature department. Whereabouts are you visiting? All of Canada is beautiful, but I admit to being a bit biased towards British Columbia and Alberta in the beauty department…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 25, 2014
    • Lol… sorry Suze, that was me replying… hubby was logged-in and I didn’t notice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 25, 2014
  9. Ah, Lake Louise. It’s 2 hours away from Calgary. I think. Been there a few times as my relatives are from there.

    October 25, 2014
    • Yeah, just about 2 hours away. It’s a beautiful drive out there too… what did you think? Did you find it beautiful?

      October 25, 2014
      • It’s amazing how beautiful it is! I’ve always wanted to walk/hike further down but I’d always be with relatives that were too tired from walking. Alberta has so many awesome outdoor spots!

        October 25, 2014
        • It’s true! You really could spend an entire lifetime there and never see everything! My parents have been there for almost 40 years, and they JUST discovered the Forget-Me-Not Pond! ๐Ÿ™‚

          October 26, 2014
          • That pretty much goes with wherever you live! I’ve been in the SF Bay Area my whole life and have never been to Carmel, Point Reyes, Yosemite, etc. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            October 26, 2014
  10. Drop dead gorgeous. I’m stunned by the beauty, and you captured it so so well. How enviable. Mundane? Please. ๐Ÿ˜€

    October 27, 2014
    • For real…opposite of mundane. But alas, I was merely a bitter and disenfranchised teenager during my days close to Lake Louise. I know better now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 28, 2014
  11. Wow… what an incredible place!

    Stunning images and I am feeling a bit jealous reading that, you live so close it this lake ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 28, 2014
    • Hi Sreejith! ๐Ÿ˜€ Lol, well unfortunately I don’t live there any longer, but my parents do, so I get to see it often. It is truly an incredible place. Quite magical really.

      October 28, 2014
  12. It’s funny how when you travel, the people will ask about popular tourist attractions near your hometown. And it’s only then that you realize you didn’t appreciate them! haha

    November 8, 2014
    • I knowww, it’s terrible how we take the things close to us for granted. We keep saying we need to behave more like tourists here in Korea, because there’s so much we still haven’t done, and we won’t be here forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 10, 2014
  13. The famous Lake Louise!!! Thank you for taking us there as we can only dream of it at the moment…. All photos of it, just seem so spectacular.

    November 9, 2014
    • I have to say that it is pretty unreal in person. Agri was actually rendered speechless when he first saw it, and if you knew him in person, you would know that this is an incredibly rare event. Heh heh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      November 10, 2014

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