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Visiting a frozen Lake Louise, Alberta

Rick C
February 8th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Carol and I visited Lake Louise today . . . . . .

Below, a leaping cougar depiction was one of the winners in an ice sculpting competition, the camera placing the leap against Victoria Glacier in the background

Below, children run across the frozen lake. For those unfamiliar, Lake Louise is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Way up at the end of the lake, there is a trail which forges to a tea house high up in the background, a popular trail in the summer. Further on, one can climb up on the right and then traverse the glacier if properly equipped.

Below, Carol heads for the ice castle sculpture in the middle of a skating area cleared on the lake . . . . . . over Carol's head, up in the hills in the background, is the Lake Agnes teahouse, another popular hike in the summer. The ice here sinks in late May. There is still snow on the trails mentioned into mid-June.

Bonus coverage, near my home, winter can be beautiful . . . . . but by mid-February, the novelty is starting to wear off. An early morning fenceline. In southwestern Alberta, it's more common to see snow/brown/snow/brown, etc as Chinooks blow in with warmer weather. But the snowpack in our local area this year, according to one councilman in our local paper last week, has been the longest lasting since the 1970's. We're having a big melt right now but it's still pretty deep in a lot of places.

Rick C

February 8th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Wow those ice sculptures are so cool! :cool:

February 8th, 2009, 11:32 PM
OMG, that cougar sculpture is amazing :eek: :lovestruck:.

I love Lake Louise. It really is a spectacular piece of scenery and once you get a bit down the trail and the crowds disappear it is even more stunning :cloud9:.

February 9th, 2009, 05:32 AM
That couger sculpture is amazing.seeing it first hand wouldn have be much better.the castle sculpture is cool.those people have some talent.

February 9th, 2009, 06:40 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Both the sculptures and the pictures. I love Lake Louise! I actually was there back in '89 visiting my brother when he was stationed in Calgary. Amazing!!

Rick C
February 10th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Below, horseback riders emerge at the backside of Lake Louise in the summer. This would be over the heads of the children running on the ice above, at the far end of the lake.

Rick C

February 10th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Simply gorgeous!

I think if I ever visit that area I'd be just sitting there all day :laughing:

Rick C
February 11th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Well, since we're on the topic . . . . .

Below, Lake Louise is off in the distance, across the valley, from the summit of Skiing Louise, 8,650 feet, on a nice Spring afternoon.

One of the best ski hills in the world, with one of the longest verticals in the world . . . . . and my personal favourite.

One of the great places in the world to be on a Spring day, moi at the summit of Louise. A glimpse of the lake is on the right in the background. That's the Trans Canada Highway below. To the left is Calgary. To the right is Vancouver.

Below, the view from the penthouse suite of the Chateau Lake Louise, in the Spring of 06. The ice had sunk into the lake only that afternoon. You would run away screaming if you knew how much it is for a single night but it was our anniversary.

Below, the view of the Chateau Lake Louise, an old Canadian Pacific Rail hotel, with Skiing Louise across the valley. The ski hill picture at top was taken at the top of the mountain in the background, a little to the left of the hotel. Both sides of the mountain and the side of the one to the right are open for skiing. Fantastic skiing in the spring especially but other mountains do get more snow. The Lake gets its shifting colours from the glacier river flowing into it in the foreground. I'm standing right near where the horses above were photographed.

Rick C

February 11th, 2009, 10:48 PM
More stunning pics :thumbs up

Rick thanks for being our armchair tour guide :D

How long does the ice sculpture competition go on for? How many years have they held it?

June 2nd, 2009, 02:57 AM
Wow though not much of the glacier left there. I remember buying postcards on one of our trips out west in the 70's and there was a very obvious glacier. The pics are still gorgeous though!

July 6th, 2009, 10:48 AM
Rick more great pics! I loved Lake Louise, I saw it when I was 11 years old and I still remember how beautiful it was.