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Lake Louise

Late Night at the Lake – Lake Louise, Alberta

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Lake Louise at Night

Lake Louise at Night (Photo: Gord McKenna)

WHY WE CHOSE IT
This photograph takes a symmetrical perspective of Lake Louise at night. With the frame beautifully balanced by the two light posts and hanging flower baskets, the snow capped mountains in the shadows brings viewers an experience that may only be relived through the image. Using a special exposure technique, photographer Gord McKenna created a unique blue tint on what was originally a pitch-black image, offering an artistic take on a popular tourist destination.

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Hotel of the Week: Skoki Lodge—Lake Louise, Alberta

By SHANNON KELLY

Opened in 1931, Skoki Lodge was Canada’s first commercial ski lodge. The National Historic Site in the Canadian Rockies‘ Banff National Park still retains an early 20th-century charm, due in no small part to its remote location. No roads lead to the log-cabin lodge, which is an 11-kilometre (three- to five-hour) steady, gradual uphill hike or ski from Lake Louise Ski Area, and you’ll have to trek in with all your gear—the lodge doesn’t provide any transport. (more…)

Rockies Dreamin’: Lake Louise—Banff, Alberta

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Why We Chose It

Pure eye candy. This photo perfectly showcases the drama and natural beauty that’s right at your fingertips in the Rockies. And at a time when some of us are sweltering in the summer heat and humidity, those snow-capped mountains look downright irresistible. The photographer has done an excellent job with scale: the canoers against the mammoth mountain peaks captures exactly how we remember our trips to Banff! (more…)

Insider’s Guide to Skiing Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kananaksis, Golden & Panorama

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Sunshine Village (Photo: Richard Hallman)

Seven ski areas, tons of snow and a November through May ski season. A world-class combination of ski terrain, high-speed lifts and on-hill amenities. No wonder Banff, Jasper and area draws skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Read on for insider ideas to help you make the most of your time on the slopes. (more…)

Colourful Autumn Hike

Larch Valley courtesy Parks Canada/Stefanie Gignac

Larch Valley courtesy Parks Canada/Stefanie Gignac

Hiking Larch Valley from Moraine Lake is a popular trail, especially in the autumn when the alpine larch trees turn a radiant golden hue. There’s a 350 m (1150 ft) elevation gain in the relatively short 2.4 km (1.5 mi) one-way hike. And with a meadow near the top, you are rewarded with unobstructed mountain vistas and panoramic view of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Group Access: Hiking Larch Valley may require hikers to travel in a tight group of four or more if grizzly bears are in the area (check with Parks Canada 403-522-3833).

5 Best Places to Spot Wildlife

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside

Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside

Canmore author John Marriott has photographed animals since he was six years old—find his Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside at local bookstores. His top picks for wildlife viewing are:

1 Lake Minnewanka Loop: Bighorn sheep (especially at the Lake) and elk

2 Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Castle Mountain: Deer, coyotes, bighorn sheep and elk

3 Bow Valley Parkway between Castle Mountain and Lake Louise: Black and grizzly bears

4 Vermilion Lakes: Bald eagles, waterfowl, elk and coyotes. Try sightseeing by canoe

5 Icefields Parkway between Weeping Wall and Columbia Icefield: Mountain goats and bighorn sheep

Two Ways to Sightsee

GyPSy Guide

GyPSy Guide

The scenic Canadian Rockies have knocked the socks off travellers since explorer David Thompson came here 200 years ago. Today, sightseers can choose a human-led or GPS-triggered tour.Brewster_Motorcoach

Traditional motorcoach and van excursions, where the driving is left to others, remain popular. “Our guides are locals who have conducted tours for over 30 years,” notes Joanna Buckingham of Brewster. “Their knowledge is vast and they love interacting with clients and sharing interesting stories.”

On the other hand, independent minded sightseers can rent a GyPSy Guide, an electronic device that provides GPS tours through the FM radio of their own vehicle. Commentary prepared by professional local guides automatically kicks-in at locations of interest. “It’s about flexibility,” says GyPSy’s Rick Bulich. “You’re not tied to a schedule, so you can move at your own pace.”—RM

Lakeside Lunch

CascadePonds

Cascade Ponds credit Andrew Hempstead

Heather Dempsey of Parks Canada suggests these scenic lakeside picnic sites:

  • Picnic at the west end of Lake Minnewanka and gaze at panoramas of the Canadian Rockies’ longest lake.
  • Southeast is Two Jack Lake and secluded Johnson Lake. Walk short trails and swim in shallow waters (on hot days).
  • Watch for deer, elk and pileated woodpeckers in tree cavities at Muleshoe Lake (5 min via the Bow Valley Pkwy W of Banff townsite).
  • Visit Bow Lake (Icefields Pkwy) for breath-taking Crowfoot Glacier and Waputik Range views.

Editor’s Note: Canmore’s Quarry Lake offers a sandy beach, swimming, trails and Ha Ling Peak view.—RM