Lake Louise Sunrise printed on Hahnemuhle Photo rag is available in four sizes; the smaller prints (13×19 or 17×22) come with a white or black archival mat that fits the image ready to be framed.
Lake Louise is world-famous. The lakes in the area are turquoise in colour, the Victoria Glacier and the soaring mountain backdrop. This pristine piece of wilderness in Banff National Park draws in millions of visitors per year. It is the Crown Jewel of Canada’s National Parks.
Lake Louise has plenty of activities all year round. During the summer months the Lake Louise boathouse is open and you can rent a canoe. You can paddle around the lake and get up close to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier.
Technically you can swim in Lake Louise too however the water doesn’t get above zero very much. In the winter there is skating and walking on the Lake. Hiking is the biggest attraction at Lake Louise, there are quite a number of hikes ranging from easy to difficult including the hike to Agnes Teahouse and the other lakes in the area.
- Ice carving
- Hockey and skating
Lake Louise was originally called Emerald Lake in 1882, by Tom Wilson leading an early survey party. The name of the lake didn’t last long, in 1884 Alberta’s Governor-General wife Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll renamed the lake. Emerald Lake has shifted to a Lake in BC some 39km away.
In 1890 the Chalet Lake Louise was built on the site by Cornelius Van Horne. In its first year it would accommodate just 50 guests. Over the next two decades the hotel saw upgrades and by 1912 there were 50,000 guests staying there. By 1920 the hotel was nicknamed the Hollywood of the North and expanded to be a luxury property.
Best time to Visit
Due to the elevation of Lake Louise, the cool air and the frigid temperatures of the water from the Glaciers the best time to visit is in July or August during the peak summer months. However the colour of Lake Louise can be seen while the lake is not frozen.
The lake is normally frozen from late October to late May each year. Lake Louise is always very busy, there is limited parking and Canada Parks regularly turns people away. It is best to plan a trip and either catch a Coach or Bus tour or arrive early to get parking. The car parks typically fill up by 8 am on weekends.