Day 121 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountains

The Continental Divide (or Great Divide) is the name given to the principal, and largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean. It divides those river systems which drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those which drain via the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea), and also along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems which drain into the Arctic Ocean (including those which drain into either the Arctic or Atlantic Oceans via Hudson Bay).

Although there are other continental divides on the North American continent, the Great Divide is by far the most prominent of these because it tends to follow a line of high peaks along the main ranges of both the American and Canadian Rocky Mountains, at a generally much higher elevation than the other divides. (taken from Wikipedia)


The valet parking team greets you with a smile at the front entrance of the Chateau Lake Louise


The “Lake of Little Fishes” (HO-RUN-NUM-NAY in Stoney) was the first name given to the lake by the natives who settled in the area. On August 21, 1882, Tom Wilson, a horse wrangler/packer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, christened the lake “Emerald Lake” due to its brilliant green colouring. “Lake Louise” was the third name given to these waters in 1884, to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. She was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, but more importantly, married to the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada at the time.

Since its original beginnings in 1890, Chateau Lake Louise has had many facelifts. Changes have been made to establish us as a year-round international destination resort. Before the hotel became famous for its architecture, Lake Louise had already been established as one of the country’s first mountaineering centres. In 1899, the Canadian Pacific Railway imported Swiss guides to begin developing an extensive trail system that would eventually radiate into the backcountry from the shores of Lake Louise. (taken from Wikipedia)


There are miles and miles of well-groomed cross-country ski trails around Lake Louise.


It’s good to start them out young!


Three sisters enjoy toboganning while overlooking the mountains.


Triple-Decker Ride


Lake Louise has two skating rinks – one for hockey and one for family skating.


The ice castle is a yearly-treat at the foot of the Chateau Lake Louise. There is also an annual ice-carving competition.


Hundreds of tourists visit Lake Louise every day. It is incredible how many people there are from other countries who have come to admire and enjoy the scenic mountains and the natural beauty of the area.


Exquisite Ice-Sculptures


Faces Of The Day: Lake Louise


Flag Of the Day



1 Response to “Day 121 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountains”

  1. December 21, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Wow you are so lucky. That is a dream….

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