Monday, August 15, 2005 –
This morning we drove through Waterton Lakes National Park and admired the views from our car. It looked very similar to Glacier with its glacially carved valleys. Then we headed north towards Banff, the crown jewel of Canada’s national park system. We traveled to one of its most popular areas, Lake Louise.
Lake Louise is located up a mountainous and curvaceous highway about 34 miles northwest of the town of Banff. We arrived at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of the world’s most beautiful hotels, located on the eastern shore of the spectacular emerald green lake. The Canadian Pacific railway built the grand hotel at the end of the 19th century.
Not long after leaving the shore of Lake Louise, we ascended the trail for about 1.5 miles before we arrived at Mirror Lake. At a trail junction, we turned left on to the highline trail under towering peaks to Lake Agnes, where we saw a beautiful waterfall before arriving at the Lake Agnes Tea House.
We stopped for a beverage before heading around the north side of the small lake on the trail to the Bee Hive summit. We then reached some very steep switchbacks. Once we arrived at the summit, we came to an overlook shelter. The views of Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau were absolutely breathtaking.
We couldn’t stay too long because it was getting late, so we started to make our way back to Chateau. What a beautiful hike! When we arrived at our car, we drove to our hotel to check in. We were staying at the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise. We had supper at the restaurant and then watched CTV News before going to bed that evening.