Lake Louise Alberta is Celebrating Canada’s 150th in a Big Way
One of the most visited locations in all of Canada is Lake Louise in Alberta. Tourists flock to this gorgeous lake amidst the Canadian Rockies to catch a glimpse or a cold handful of the clear turquoise waters which are unlike anywhere else in the world.
Lake Louise is named after royalty- Princess Louise Caroline Alberta to be exact- the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. The gorgeously unique green coloured clear water is fed from the rock flour that is brought into the lake and then melts from the surrounding glaciers above. The lake is a .31 square mile surface and drains through Louise Creek.
What Can Visitors do here other than marvel at the lake?
With such a rich heritage and the envy of many a traveller who puts it on the never ending bucket list, Lake Louise has many activities available to embrace the outdoors, get up close and personal with the wildlife, combined with a tasting menu of relaxation, adrenaline and luxury to offer.
As this region of Canada is Internationally known for its turquoise lake, combined with mountains, it is no surprise that you can do all the typical activities that mountain regions offer from skiing, to snowboarding and sledding in the winter, to canoeing, kayaking, and hiking in the summer.
Besides the Stereotypical Skiing and Snowboarding, What else can we do in all that Snow?
Want to do something different from the usual skiing or snowboarding? Why not mush your way through the mountain trails with eight beautiful huskies leading the way! The snow dusting on their fur is such a beautiful sight as you glide through the mountains. Dress warmly as you are escorted through the white capped trees, the beautiful pines, and banks of snow upward to your shoulder blades. Enjoy a hot chocolate at the finish line as your four-legged friends enjoy a treat or two.
The culinary level around Lake Louise is extraordinary. Experience award-winning cuisine made by recognized chefs that bring unique taste fusions to the mountains. Choose an eatery adorned with fireplaces and cabin decor, while sipping a hot toddy as you await your marinated steak with a side of poutine. Grab your Canada Goose Parka, or in the summer, your cardigan, and head on over for a wonderful atmospheric meal surrounded by beauty and flavourful aromas.
Where to Stay in the Middle of it All?
You can bet your bottom dollar that there are accommodations to suit all budgets from 5-star luxury right on the lake, to budget hotels and hostels not too far away. If you do have the wiggle room in the budget, do consider a stay at the Fairmont right on the lake.
Enjoy gorgeous views as you sip on an evening cocktail while waiting for the rest of your room service. Or, take advantage of the spa services boasting immeasurable luxury. Room rates start at $485 (+Tax) per night, soaring up to $782 per night for a multi-room suite!
Special Events for the 150th Birthday!
Now, you just had to think that one of the most iconic landmarks in Canada would have 150th birthday festivities planned for July 1st….if you did, than you were RIGHT!
Enjoy a special 2017 Canada Day Parade that celebrates traditional Canadian symbols and isms that have shaped and made our nation what it is today. Are you a float designer or part of the RCMP wishing to sport your official uniform in front of millions of reveling spectators? If so, and you would like to be included in the parade, the organizers are taking applications up until June 1st.
Secondly, there will be markets and food booths set up to enjoy traditional Canadian cuisine (seriously save your calorific indulgences for all the maple syrup and bacon that will be on avail to everyone!). If you make a killer poutine variation or butter tarts that guarantee to put visitors in a sugar coma, contact the local organizers to arrange for your spot in the centre of it all.
For a celebration like this, you cannot forget the pyrotechnic geniuses who put together incredible firework extravaganzas! Join the thousands of visitors in Lake Louise for a spectacular show of lights and joy as they ring in the birthday of all birthdays. Sundown will be a festival of lights to show the nation just how proud we are to live here.