Canadian Rockies : Peyto Lake and Lake Louise

After the Columbia Icefields, we have arrived at one of my favorite spot – Peyto Lake. It wasn’t a major attraction of the trip but it was certainly a surprise.  The lake is dark blue but during the summer, the glaciers begin to melt, taking the rock debris known as rock flour with it. With the light’s reflection, it turns the water into an emerald green.

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Peyto Lake

The lake was named after Bill Peyto, a famous guide from the early pioneering days.  It is said that during an exhibition to Bow Lake, he snuck out at night to this lake to seek solitude.  Eventually, his party named the lake after him.

… and that was all the picture I took of this place!  Sometimes, nature is best left to enjoy with ones own eyesight.

We didn’t spend a lot of time here, just 15 minutes or so before we had to go back to the bus.  It was just for us to stretch our legs I think.

Shortly after, we arrived at another main attraction – Lake Louise.  It wasn’t as spectacular as Peyto Lake but it was certainly big.  It was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta but it was also known as the Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stoney Natives.

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Visitors can rent a kayak for $45 an hour and go into the middle of Lake Louise for a spectacular view of the chateau.  However, we did not have time to do that because we were only given 45 minutes to walk around Lake Louise to take photos.

The sun was really strong so we went into the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway as an alternative to the Banff Springs Resorts over a 100 years ago.  These resorts popped up because the turn of the 20th century brought about a new luxury style of traveling, by trains!  The resorts were there to serve them but now, their distinct style also made it an attraction in itself.

There isn’t much inside the chateau for the tourists aside from a few souvenir stores and a couple of ice cream shops.  We only found one washroom.

We departed Lake Louise and entered another Lake Louise – the hamlet that is.  This was known as the village and we spent much of the time at the Samson Mall.  We were brought to a restaurant upstairs, as we were promised Alberta Steak.  The steak was thin and mine was overcooked but the one my friend had was a nice medium-rare.  It also included a potato without gravy.  The strip mall also has a bookstore, a grocery store, and a bakery among other souvenir stores.  I bought a brownie.

There is also a visitor center.  We also found a bird with a very long tail ( a Black-billed magpie?) as well a critter with short tail!

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It seems that I took more photos while being on the road than at the attractions, but probably because I spend more time on the bus.  Here’s more:

Finally, we have arrived at our hotel!  It would be the best hotel for the entire trip because it was a casino and resort located at an Indian Reserve.  There was nothing surrounding the casino aside from a field, so we essentially stayed at the hotel for the rest of the evening.  It wasn’t too bad though as there was a fitness center, a swimming pool, a casino and bar.  I spent most of my time in the comforts of my hotel room watching TV and reading free brochures.  The keys were made to look like playing cards 🙂

The coffee and tea costs money but it is free in the casino.

August 2016.

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