|Lake Louise in a misty rain|
One’s first glimpse of Lake Louise will never be forgotten. The lake, in some ways, is an ordinary, rather small lake in the high Rockies of Canada’s Alberta Province. On the other hand, Lake Louise is blessed with an architecture that stuns; itis situated in a way that the natural approach frames it so perfectly between snowy mountain peaks and under a glacier that the composition of the view inevitably causes visitors to comment that it looks so perfect as to be artificial. That, combined with the utterly unique milky greenish colour of the pristine water, makes that spot the subject of countless postcards, paintings and snapshots by tourists from every corner of the globe. The colour of the water is the result of the relentless grinding of the surrounding glaciers and ice fields against the towering mountains, resulting in silt comprised of microscopic mineral particles, each type of which reflects sunlight at a different wavelength. The particular mineral composition of this area of theRockies produces the startling and unique colour of the region’s lakes and rivers, as well as their propensity to take on different colours depending upon the weather.
|Elk from the road through Banff|
Banff is alittle more than an hour west of Calgary, Alberta’s home to one of the world’s largest annual rodeos, the Calgary Stampede, and accessible by a very modern highway. The drive from the Albertan capital is only about an hour and a half and sees the landscape change from the dry prairies to the foothills and into the high Rockies.
|Into the high mountains on horseback|
|Me and Yolanda in the thin, high-altitude
July air high above Lake Louise
A trip to Lake Louise and Banff is an absolute must for any visit to Canada.