Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Jun 18, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
To get to Lake Louise we took Trans Canadian Highway #1, mostly a 4 lane highway from Canmore, through Banff to Lake Louise, the most photographed lake in North America. The speed limit is 90 km/hr or 56 mph on major roads and only 60 km/hr or 37 mph on secondary roads...supposed to slow people down, but drivers are nearly as impatient as at home. Once you look at the photos, you'll see why Lake Louise is so photographed...it is such a beautiful site, but it is also the hiking capital of Canada...so you see lots of hikers all about. Lake Louise was named in 1884 for Princess Louise, the sixth child of Queen Victoria. We ate lunch in the Chateau Lake Louise, one of the old resort hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad to lure people to the Rocky Moutains in the early 1900s. Not only was it delicous, but the experience was equally pleasant. Both Banff and Lake Louise have many foreign tourists and we hear many different languages...many that we don't have a clue where they are from. We have asked people where they are from and we just get a smile. Prices here are much higher than at home...it is difficult to eat lunch for less than $30 at a restaurant. Since Lynn enjoys picnics, we have been going to Safeway to get picnic lunch or dinner. Then we usually find a place by a lake or river with a picnic table. Then we will get out a book or a magazine and enjoy the background music of the wind rustling leaves or water cascading over rocks...both something we rarely hear at home.