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'''Lake Louise''' is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of the [[Canadian Rockies]]. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated, but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Chateaux Lake Louise. The primary form of recreation in the area is walking around the lake on the lakeside path, hiking several mountain trails leading from the lake, and admiring the scenery. The Lake Louise Ski fields are only a short drive from the lake, offering ski-enthusiasts with a wide variety of runs for varying skill levels.
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'''Lake Louise''' is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of the [[Canadian Rockies]] in [[Canada]]. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated, but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Chateaux Lake Louise. The primary form of recreation in the area is walking around the lake on the lakeside path, hiking several mountain trails leading from the lake, and admiring the scenery. The Lake Louise Ski fields are only a short drive from the lake, offering ski-enthusiasts with a wide variety of runs for varying skill levels. The ski season runs from November to mid-May.
  
 
[[Image:Lakelouiseskirun.jpg|Ski run at Lake Louise]]''One of the skiruns at Lake Louise (photo taken on the very last day of the 1993 ski-season)''
 
[[Image:Lakelouiseskirun.jpg|Ski run at Lake Louise]]''One of the skiruns at Lake Louise (photo taken on the very last day of the 1993 ski-season)''
  
There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain, including two restaurants (one converted from the heritage-listed trainstation) and a petrol (gas) station.  
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There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain, including two restaurants (one converted from the heritage-listed train station) and a petrol (gas) station.  
  
 
If you want to stay at the lake, be warned - the chateaux is luxurious, but extremely expensive. They know a captive audience when they see one! But it is worth it for the beautiful surrounds and the clear crisp mountain air. Those looking for a slightly cheaper view may prefer to stay elsewhere and to simply visit the lake for a daytrip.
 
If you want to stay at the lake, be warned - the chateaux is luxurious, but extremely expensive. They know a captive audience when they see one! But it is worth it for the beautiful surrounds and the clear crisp mountain air. Those looking for a slightly cheaper view may prefer to stay elsewhere and to simply visit the lake for a daytrip.
  
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[[Image:Carparkviewlakelouise.jpg]] ''Even from the carpark the view is magnificent.''
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==Get There/Get Around==
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Many people who stay at the Chateaux come as part of a tour package, and arrive by tourist bus. You can of course drive yourself along the [[Icefields Parkway]], which is kept clear of snow 365 days a year so that people can get in to access the skifields. Lake Louise is 184 KM (115 miles) west of [[Calgary]], Alberta and 60 KM (36 miles) West of the town of [[Banff]].
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Calgary airport is 2 hours drive away from Lake Louise. If you fly to Calgary during the ski season, there is a regularly scheduled bus which runs daily from December 1st to April 13, stopping at Banff and Lake Louise. Otherwise, Gray Line will run a tourist ski bus provided there are more than ten bookings.
  
[[Image:Carparkviewlakelouise.jpg]] ''Even from the carpark the view is magnificent.''
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==See Also==
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*http://www.ski-canada.com/resorts/lakelouise.html
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*http://www.skilouise.com/index.asp

Revision as of 08:00, 2 September 2003

Lake Louise is a beautiful mountain lake in the middle of the Canadian Rockies in Canada. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. The lake is quite isolated, but provides a magnificent setting for a luxury resort, the Chateaux Lake Louise. The primary form of recreation in the area is walking around the lake on the lakeside path, hiking several mountain trails leading from the lake, and admiring the scenery. The Lake Louise Ski fields are only a short drive from the lake, offering ski-enthusiasts with a wide variety of runs for varying skill levels. The ski season runs from November to mid-May.

Ski run at Lake LouiseOne of the skiruns at Lake Louise (photo taken on the very last day of the 1993 ski-season)

There is a very small town of the same name at the base of the mountain, including two restaurants (one converted from the heritage-listed train station) and a petrol (gas) station.

If you want to stay at the lake, be warned - the chateaux is luxurious, but extremely expensive. They know a captive audience when they see one! But it is worth it for the beautiful surrounds and the clear crisp mountain air. Those looking for a slightly cheaper view may prefer to stay elsewhere and to simply visit the lake for a daytrip.

Carparkviewlakelouise.jpg Even from the carpark the view is magnificent.

Get There/Get Around

Many people who stay at the Chateaux come as part of a tour package, and arrive by tourist bus. You can of course drive yourself along the Icefields Parkway, which is kept clear of snow 365 days a year so that people can get in to access the skifields. Lake Louise is 184 KM (115 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta and 60 KM (36 miles) West of the town of Banff.

Calgary airport is 2 hours drive away from Lake Louise. If you fly to Calgary during the ski season, there is a regularly scheduled bus which runs daily from December 1st to April 13, stopping at Banff and Lake Louise. Otherwise, Gray Line will run a tourist ski bus provided there are more than ten bookings.

See Also