• 50 Walks Banff

    50 Walks and Hikes in Banff National Park

    By : Brian Patton and Bart Robinson

    1st edition

    ISBN: 9780978237530

    160 pages
    6.5 x 4.5 inches
    April 2008


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    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
    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.

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