When we were in Banff, I had to make sure that we went to Lake Louise! We usually didn’t go to Lake Louise- when you visit in the summer, it doesn’t offer that much for kids under 13. Sure, you can hike, but there are easier hikes to get to. I knew I wanted to see Lake Moraine and the Fairmont, again though, and the hill that they actually ski on!
The lodge is massive but doesn’t feel corporate or business-y at all- still that old school, ski lodge feel! (The Whiskey Lodge didn’t lead to whiskey, but that might have had something to do with it being before noon…)
Dad and Jason were checking out the end of season stuff at the store, but seeing as I hung up my snowboarding boots many moons ago, I was just wandering. I was wandering when I happened upon the greatest souvenir line EVER: HELLO MOOSEY!
I’m sure you want ask, “Historian, what’s the big deal with this pseudo-cartoon character mimicking another cartoon character?”. Well, I’m glad you asked, as I’ve been obsessed with moose since the age of 4. Give a Moose a Muffin, anyone?? It made me laugh, but it was a letdown to know it wasn’t available in adult sizes. (HINT HINT, Lake Louise.) After Hello Moosey, we headed out to the ski hill itself, á la The Bear’s Den!
FYI, ski hills look naked in the spring and summer. Still very cool to see all of the runs- it’s almost easier to see them this way!
After that, we were on our way to Lake Louise itself! Lake Louise is named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, aka daughter number four of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert! She was the wife of the Governor General of Canada in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Although it began as a small set of cabins, the hotel that remains today dates back to 1911! This hotel is gorgeous, and so elaborate. The next time we come to Banff, I am at the very least having tea there!!
The view of the lake itself could not be more beautiful- it’s easy to see why everyone comes here for pictures. The lake gets that crystal blue colour from the glacier, also meaning it’s quite chilly.
If you are curious, that is a Loki you spy there!!
Finally figuring out this selfie stick!
Even though the fog obscured the mountain peaks, the view was stunning. Given my preference for rain, this was the perfect time for me to visit!
Overall, I’m so happy we stopped here! It could not be a more beautiful setting. It was calm and peaceful and clear blue and lush and perfect. It’s not too far from Banff, I can’t recommend Lake Louise more!
Have you found a spot that just blows you away, scenery wise?