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.
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.
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.