The Marvelous Crystal Blue Lake Louise at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada

The Marvelous Crystal Blue Lake Louise at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada

In Canada, and around the world according to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise is regarded as one of the most breathtaking naturally beautiful places in the world to visit. A real sense of serenity is felt here within Banff National Park in Alberta, as you explore the elements of the daunting Rocky Mountains that created its glacial lake. The mesmerizing crystal blue emerald color of the lake is created by rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake.

Lake Louise was named after Princess Louise Caroline (1848-1939). She was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. The Stoney Natoka First Nations people call it Lake of the Little Fishes.

During the winter season, Lake Louise experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc). Annual snowfall averages 130 inches (3.3 meters) and winter temperatures below −50°C (-58°F) have been recorded. While snow can occur any month of the year, summers consist of frosty mornings and crisp, cool days with recorded highs having reached over 30°C (86°F).

For over 125 years, Banff National Park has provided visitors a combination of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities, and many opportunities for active exploration. With such a breathtaking landscape, it’s no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been nominated time and again as a “must-see” destination for travelers around the world.


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