Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Mount Victoria reflecting off Lake Louise
I woke up around 5 AM on July 6 and started loading up the car.  Once the car was loaded I drove to Lake Louise parking.  I was hoping to view and hike around the lake before crowds started to appear.  The weather was wonderful and the hike was relaxing.  I hiked up to the end of the lake before turning around.  I took many pictures but will be showing you only the best.   The reflection off the lake makes almost every view stunning but you should judge for yourself.

Fairview Mountain, center, from Lake Louise Parking Lot.  Sheol Mountain on the right.
 After leaving the lake I stopped in the village to get breakfast, pick up a lunch and to check out some tourist’s traps.  I left the Lake Louis Area after gassing up and entered the Icefields Parkway at 9:50 AM.  After looking at the number of pictures for the day, 283 in all, I decided to divide the day into at least three blogs.

Lake Louise with Mount Victoria, center.
A Golden Mantel Ground Squirrel found along the lake's edge.
Another beautiful reflection with Fairview Mountain, left, along the lake's edge.  Mount Lefroy behind Fairview.  The moon is over Mount Victoria and Big Beehive is on the left with pines covering it.
Yellow Pine Chipmunk
Another view further down the path I walked to the end of the lake.
Upper and Lower Victoria Glacier can be see here with Big Beehive in front of Mt. Victoria.

 Mount Victoria framed in the pines.
Mount Lefroy is the mountain on the left.  The Upper Victoria Glacier, center, and Big Beehive in the right front.

Mount Aberdeen on the right and Mount Lefroy is behind it with Mount Victoria on the left.

The end of the lake and time to turn around.

Looking toward the Chateau Lake Louise at the other end of the lake.

Another shot of Fairmount Mountain on the walk back.

Stopping to admired the Chateau Lake Louise lake's entrance before leaving.

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