50 Walks and Hikes in Banff National Park: Lake Louise Shoreline
By : Brian Patton and Bart Robinson1st edition
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- Tunnel Mountain
- Sulphur Mountain
- Johnston Canyon
- Sunshine Meadows
- Bourgeau Lake
- Lake Louise Shoreline
- Lake Agnes
- Larch Valley
- Parker Ridge
Lake Louise Shoreline
LENGTH: 1.9 km (1.2 mi) one way
ELEVATION GAIN: minimal
WALKING TIME: 30 minutes one way
STARTING POINT: In front of the Chateau Lake Louise
ORIGIN OF THE NAME: Princess Louise, 4th daughter of Queen Victoria
Believe it or not, you can walk to the far end of Lake Louise and back on the very popular lakeshore trail and not meet another soul (we’ve done it in the late evening in early spring). Yet, even when it’s busy, there are worse ways to spend an hour than strolling along this broad, flat trail with its ever-changing views of great peaks.
Lake Louise Shoreline trail is an easy way to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.
The walk official starts from just beyond the Chateau and follows along the north shoreline to where the silt-laden waters from the Victoria Glacier feed into the lake. Away from the crowds in front of the hotel, you can better appreciate the description by British mountaineer James Outram shortly after the turn of the 20th century: “At every season, every hour, it is wonderful…. As a gem of composition and of colouring it is perhaps unrivalled anywhere.”
At the far end of the lake the trail climbs over a low rise and traverses beneath quartzite cliffs, which are often decorated by the colourful ropes of Lycra-clad rock climbers. And if you sit down to have a snack, you’ll undoubtedly be greeted by other “head-of-the-lake” inhabitants, including golden-mantled ground squirrels, least chipmunks, Clark’s nutcrackers, and grey jays. Back across the lake, the Chateau floats on the distant shore with the slopes of the local alpine resort visible on the distant mountains. It’s enough to make a person want to keep on hiking.
This text is from 50 Walks and Hikes in Banff National Park.