Lake Louise, 2.4 km long, elevation 1731 m, is located in BANFF NATIONAL PARK
in southwestern Alberta. Lake Louise's outlet is a creek flowing into the BOW RIVER
. The Stoney called it Ho-run-num-nay
meaning "lake of the little fishes" and it was a Stoney guide who took Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) workman Tom Wilson to the site in 1882. Wilson named it Emerald Lake, but the name was changed (1884) to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of Governor General the marquess of LORNE
Canada's highest community (at an elevation of 1540 m), also called Lake Louise, is near the lake. The resort community is on the site of the former CPR station, Laggan, which was base camp for 12 000 workers in 1884, when CPR construction proceeded through KICKING HORSE PASS. The jewellike lake, framed by blue mountains and gleaming snowfields, is one of the most famous mountain vistas on the continent. Chateau Lake Louise stands atop the huge glacial moraine that dams the lake.
The jewellike lake, framed by blue mountains and gleaming snowfields, is one of the most famous mountain vistas on the continent (Corel Professional Photos).
Chateau Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, Alberta (photo by John Dean, courtesy Take Stock Photography Inc.).
Links to Other Sites
This extensive multimedia website for the Town of Banff features information about natural landmarks, local heritage and history, community services, maps, and much more.
Banff National Park of Canada
This illustrated Parks Canada website describes the ecology, geography, and history of Banff National Park.
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
The official visitor information website for the communities of Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
A travel website for various scenic tours in and around Lake Louise, Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Jasper, and the Columbia Icefield. From Brewster Inc.
A tourist guide to major attractions in the Canadain Rockies. From concierge.com.