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“And yes the water is really that color” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Louise

Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive | Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Ice skating
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Owner description: Beautiful lake surrounded by woods and hiking trails.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Smithfield, Virginia
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“And yes the water is really that color”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Since we were going to the Icefields Parkway I wanted to begin at the southern end which starts at Lake Louise. We went up a mountain for a few minutes to this alpine lake. We actually went twice because I wanted to get more pictures. There are several camping areas, hotels and cabins in this area. We did not stay there but met some people that liked the area. We went to just see the lake. AND BOY WHAT A SIGHT! It has the most beautiful clean blue water that I have ever seen. There is a rental of canoes on the lake at a log bldg. The red canoes look like they are floating on air because the water is so clear. When we went the first time it had snowed and the evergreens were covered with snow that made the water shine. Fay Glacier is at the end of the lake and there are trails around the lake for hikers. Along with ski areas and other things near the lake. The lake has a wonderful hotel on it and a wide stone walkway around at least 1/2 the lake. A honeymoon or anniversary spot. There are restrooms near the parking lot. Benches are available and a bridge with spillway on mountain spring and glacier runoff into the lake. You can see the stones clearly on this lake on the edge. Landscaping near the hotel blend in to the environment. It is a place of shear beauty and peace that everyone should get a chance to see in their lifetime. Holding the middle name of Louise made me want to go but seeing it in person to see that the beauty and the vibrant color was the reason I went back. A bucket list must see!

Visited September 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Gob Smacking ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I kept taking photos but they all look like enhanced post cards. It is ridiculously beautiful. If you truly want to experience it walk around it as far as the trail takes you. Extraordinary.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Wow! Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Lake Louise at 6am as the fog was lifting and the sun was beginning to shine on the lake. This is the most beautiful area we've ever seen! We chose Banff, Alberta Canada for our Aug., 2nd honeymoon and we could not be happier with our choice! This entire area of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is breathtakingly beautiful! There really are no words to describe the beauty we saw each day of our honeymoon. We walked around saying, "wow" everywhere we turned! The air is fresh, cool and crisp, which was so incredibly refreshing for two people that live in phoenix, AZ. This is prime skiing area in the winter, but the summer months are worth seeing as well. We stayed in Canmore and visited downtown Banff, many of the lakes in that area, 2 natural hot springs, museums and many wonderful restaurants. Many more reviews to follow!

Visited August 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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“Absolutley Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Parking was a breeze ...........short walk to Lake view. there is a walk way up to the far end of the lake. Public washrooms available in the lower parkade.

Visited September 2014
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Watlington, United Kingdom
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“Pretty Lake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Although this is the most well known Lake in Banff I wasn't too happy with it.

Yes it was a beautiful lake with such an amazing background in the Mountain that I have used it as my cover photo on Facebook.

My gripe with it is that it is too commercialized. I am one for keeping places like this to nature but there was too much buildings there (to cash in on the lake) The crowd of people didn't bother me because this is what you would expect for such a beautiful Lake.

Visited August 2014
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