Before Summer Ends in the Canadian Rockies: Visit Lake Louise

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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Ok, this is it, summer’s just about to end in the Canadian Rockies. But wait! there’s still so much more to do. If you’ve got the chance, you’ll definitely want to pay Lake Louise a visit while it’s still warm. It’s widely known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, ringed by beautiful mountains, with a castle sitting at the foot of some of the most beautiful blue-green water you’ll ever see.

Lake Louise offers some great outdoors vacation opportunites for the summer.

Once you’ve taken in the amazing beauty of the Lake and the surroundings, there’s plenty of fun stuff to do in the outdoors around Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  Below you’ll find 5 suggestions for things to do around Lake Louise while it’s still warm.

  1. Take a nature walk along the Bow River Loop. It’s a great place to spend a quiet summer afternoon in the Canadian Rockies and enjoy the surrounding beauty.
  2. Mountain bike on over to the Great Divide picnic area by using the #1A Great Divide Highway from Lake Louise. As of 1999, this highway is car-free and only used as a paved bike path. It is about a six kilometer bike ride to the picnic area. Tips for non cyclers – you can still reach this area by motorized vehicle. Take the Trans-Canada (#1) west of Lake Louise for ten minutes and turn left to join the #1A (also the turnoff for Lake O’Hara).
  3. Paddle across beautiful Moraine Lake in a rented canoe. Moraine Lake is the first site of an aquatic restoration project in Banff National Park so you can see biologists and scientists removing invasive species to reintroduce the endangered bull trout. Walk along the Rockpile Trail to the canoe rental station located on the right.
  4. Have a quiet picnic at the Corral Creek picnic area located about ten minutes from Lake Louise on the #1A Bow Creek Parkway. You can have a fire and there are open grassy areas for family games. Take a short walk to McNair Pond to observe the ducks.
  5. Enjoy the flowers along Moraine Lake Road. Usually you would have to hike to see the show, but you can drive this road and stop at all the pull outs to see and smell the wildflowers. Sketch as many flowers as you can and identify them at the visitor centre. Please don’t pick any of the flowers since some of them are endangered species.
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