Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise

Saskatchewan Glacier
Saskatchewan Glacier

On the way down from Jasper to Lake Louise, we stopped off to hike the Parker’s Ridge trail which overlooks the Saskatchewan Glacier. The weather seems to have deserted us here, but I don’t remember that. It all looks very dramatic in the cloud.

By the time we got to Lake Louise, all was sunny again. On arrival, we climbed to a lookout over the Lake and the fabulous Chateau Lake Louise – and we had to do it twice!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

On the map, it looked as though you could do a circular walk by taking a steep rocky path down from the Lookout to the Lake and following it round the water’s edge to the original starting point. However, when we got to the Lake it seemed that any previous path was long submerged. We paddled for a bit, but when it became wading we had to turn round. I got back up that steep rocky path PDQ and was glad that a) this was near the end of the holiday and I was much fitter than when we set out and b) we had a table booked for dinner which we would miss if we didn’t hurry. This was a huge incentive as you can imagine!

The next day, we hiked the Plain of the Six Glaciers and Lake Agnes trails. My main memories are that, despite my smile, I was very unhappy on the scree sections and (better) that there were two tea-houses on these trails. Unaccountably, we have no pictures of them, but I’ve checked the guidebook and my memory is correct. Scotland’s mountains need more tea-houses! 😉

On our final day, we ventured first to Moraine Lake:

Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake

Then we crossed the border into British Columbia. Many years before, we had a holiday in BC and the furthest east we ventured was Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. So this time we ventured west to revisit them and our two holidays “met up”.

The following day, we drove back to Calgary for our flight home. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series – I remembered the Rockies being beautiful but they are even better in retrospect. I want to go again! If you read earlier posts, you might remember that this was my 50th birthday trip in 2007. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to work out that I have another big birthday coming up soon, so maybe I should celebrate in the same place? Especially as Canada also has a big birthday in 2017 (150th) and I’ve recently read that all National Parks will be free next year to celebrate. Watch this space….

In the meantime, our next Canadian trip will be to Toronto. Hints and tips from local bloggers welcome! And finally, this post is linked to Jo’s wonderful Monday Walks series. She has a lovely spring-time Algarve walk this week, which should cheer you up whatever your own weather is doing. Enjoy!


46 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise

  1. Irene Stirling February 15, 2016 / 20:25

    Brought back lovely memories of my own trip to Banff via Lake Louise and Lake Moraine.


  2. Jemima Pett February 15, 2016 / 19:41

    I’m enjoying all your Canadian Gallivanting – I was there in 1989, but not long enough to do much wandering. It doesnt seem to have changed, though, unlike most places!

    I really enjoyed Toronto’s Science Centre as well, but things may have changed since then, as lots of the sciences have 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 21:13

      I shall add that to the list! No, I don’t suppose the Rockies will have changed much – I’m itching to go back to find out!

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  3. abitofculture February 15, 2016 / 19:41

    I remember a BBC travel show in the ’90s called ‘Places to see before you die’ – Lake Louise made the top 10 and your photos have reminded me how perfect that water looks.


    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 21:12

      I don’t know if I saw that, but I certainly had a strong image in my head of Lake Louise before we went – it’s an iconic place, so perfectly beautiful.


  4. Birgit February 15, 2016 / 18:33

    Oh these pictures are, again, beautiful. I love the shot of Lake Louise with the hotel in the background and also the waterfall. If you are coming to Toronto it would be nice to meet up if you wish:) My hubby will be 60 next year also. In TO as we call it, there is the AGO (art Gallery) and the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), Ripley’s Aquarium, One can travel to the Island and walk and bike. The Beaches is a really nice place. If you head down my way, there is Niagara Falls of course but also Niagara On The Lake and one can walk, bike from NOTL to Fort Erie. There is also the Bruce Trail and other nice hiking places. I have a book on places to see in Toronto as well as Ghost Towns of Ontario.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 18:44

      Thanks for the useful info! I was wondering if it would be possible to meet up. It will be mid-April – I’ll email you nearer the time.


      • Birgit February 18, 2016 / 19:07

        Yup! I actually took a week off in April-the week of the 11th to the 15th:)


  5. restlessjo February 15, 2016 / 16:33

    Simply spectacular, Anabel! And I’m full of admiration for your levels of fitness. 🙂 Good idea to plan something special for next year, before it all becomes an uphill struggle. (believe me, I’m starting to feel it but I’m nearly 10 years ahead of you so you’ve got a while yet 🙂 ) Many thanks for the lovely mention and the share.


    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 17:53

      Thanks Jo – those levels of fitness were nearly 10 years ago! If we go again, I’m not sure if I could keep up with my former self.


  6. susan@marsha'sbungalow February 15, 2016 / 15:33

    Thanks for this series – we are looking to a cross-continent trip sometime in the next year or so, and these photos are making me expand our plans!


  7. Pit February 15, 2016 / 14:36

    I’d love to be there: thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week,


  8. nomad, interrupted February 15, 2016 / 14:13

    I did a cross country trip with my first husband in 1979, and we ended up right at this spot on Lake Louise. We saw the Columbia Ice Field, which is possibly different than the Saskatchewan Glacier. I wonder if it even still exists. Banff is a wonderful place, isn’t it? What a lot of hiking you did! I wouldn’t have cared much for that scree either. Thanks for taking us along. 🙂


  9. Sukanya Ramanujan February 15, 2016 / 14:06

    Love the photographs! I love hiking and these pics make me want to go out and hike!


    • Anabel Marsh February 15, 2016 / 14:12

      Thank you! Me too – in fact, yesterday, we did just that. The first weekend for ages that wasn’t horribly wet gave us a chance to get out on the hills.

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  10. mopana February 15, 2016 / 12:55

    I love your trips, your posts, your photos. In another life you must have been a guide.
    I especially like the pics with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake 🙂

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