Hopping off at Lake Louise
Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
17Trip End Oct 22, 2009
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We arrived at Lake Louise about 9.30am. This is the most photographed lake on earth and you can see why - the view is spectacular to say the least. Again the photos don't do it justice; it was a grey day rather than sunny and the incredible turquoise of the lake against the white mountains doesn't show that well. It really has to be seen. I had one last walk and talk with my group at Lake Louise before they dropped me off at the Lake Louise Hostel.
This is in Lake Louise village which is 4-5km from Lake Louise itself and tiny. There is a very small shopping centre, mostly cafes and shops catering to the tourist trade, an Information Centre (very helpful people) and a few hotels (many of which are closing now as winter is coming on). It was very cold, about 3 degrees but I rugged up well and actually you only get really cold if you stand still too long.
The Hostel is nice, clean and comfortable. This time I'm in a private room with a toilet about 10 feet away which seems to be shared between me and the room next door. I suppose anybody in the building could use it but there are other toilets dotted about close to other rooms so probably only these two rooms use it. The showers are down the hall a bit. The hostel is big and there are two buildings. The main building has reception, dorm rooms and kitchens and a huge lounge complete with a gigantic fireplace. There's also a cafe where you can get meals if you don't feel like walking down to the shopping centre. My building seems to be mostly private rooms or family rooms and there's a kitchen and laundry in the building. There are wooden decks all around and lovely grounds (although its much warmer to look at them through the window).
It was a miserable day today, although it was actually a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday
Instead, I went for a walk around the village, bought a couple of souvenirs, caught up on my washng and my sleep and generally had a lazy day. There's a cute little squirrel living here at the hostel, he runs back and forth all day across the deck outside my room but he's way too quick and unpredictable to get a photo of. I've seen a couple of squirrels and I'm always surprised at how tiny they are. I was picturing something the size of a rabbit and these are actually about the size of a small guinea pig.
This hostel usually has wireless internet access but it's broken down and they don't have any internet at the moment. That's been very annoying but can't be helped; hopefully I'll have it again in Jasper.