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September 5, 2010
LAKE LOUISE, AB, Sept. 5, 2010/ Bon Voyage / – This major Canadian tourist destination captures beautifully the picture-perfect vision of majestic snow-capped mountains, turquoise blue lakes and a charming multi-coloured village.
Lake Louise is a tranquil getaway for those who want to bask in the bliss of stunning topography and serene atmosphere. It can also be an exciting destination for those searching for heart pumping outdoor activities. Or it can be a haven of artistic expression to those who are looking for creative inspiration.
Summer lakefront activities include canoeing, fishing and boating. The area’s friendly slopes are also ideal for trekking, cycling and mountain biking. Come winter, the lake is transformed into a vast skating rink for holidaymakers to enjoy. If you happen to visit in the month of January, watch out for the Ice Magic Festival and its fascinating display of incredible ice sculptures.
There is no better way to appreciate Lake Louise’s grandeur than from the height of the Sightseeing Lift half-way to the summit of Mount Whitehorn. For a historical view of the area, the Visitor Centre is the perfect place to visit, where you will be able to view an instructive exhibit of how the area came to be what it is at present.
You may also want to visit the Natural History Museum for a glimpse of the evolutionary history of the Rockies. If you are not interested in what the museum is offering, you may want to see the life sized mock-up of the legendary Big Foot.
The five kilometer trek to the Lake Agnes Tea House is definitely worth sweating out. You will not regret seeing the gorgeous cascade of the Bridal Veil Falls and the reward of tasty pastry treats awaiting you.
For gorgeous panoramas of the surrounding mountains, the nearby Bow Valley Parkway is also a must visit. Take a car and go for a drive to experience a never ending montage of scenic mountain backdrops and breathtaking panoramas. You can stop by the Johnston Canyon for a short hike to Ink Pots Falls.
Walk a glacier
Glacier watching may not sound exciting but when you are in the middle of these colossal structures, you’ll surely feel your adrenalin revving up. Go for an ice walk tour at the massive 125-square-miles Columbia Ice-field and experience the majesty for yourself.
The Lake Louise area features world class ski resorts that should prove challenging to skiers of all levels. Nature trippers will also find the trails connecting to different areas of Banff National Park highly satisfying. The Wenkchemma Pass and the Boulder Pass are popular trails among hikers. Other notable areas worth visiting include short trips to Moraine Lake, Paradise Valley and the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
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