There are a few locations that made the list of places to visit when I first thought about this trip years ago and Lake Louise was one of those. For years I admired photos online and thought this was a most wonderful place.
With some anticipation I settled in Banff which is a nearby, sweet, very walkable town. It was beautiful to wander here and there and be surrounded by amazing mountains. Unfortunately the accommodation in Banff is very expensive for what you get and you have to book way ahead for it gets full very quickly. OK, I have been travelling through cheaper places so sooner or later, Western prices were bound to be a shock to the system. As it is, booking at the last minute and with some difficulty, I found two B&Bs where I divided my stay in town. Banff’s drawbacks are that it is quite touristy and the whistling from the freight trains. Whistling, you ask? Grain falls from the trains onto the tracks which attracts bears making trains the number one cause of unnatural death for bears. Hence as the trains moves it whistles away, constantly announcing its presence and if it is the middle of the night and you are asleep, you know about it. But, it is good for the bears.
As the tour I’d booked travelled to Lake Louise, I thought about how the first sight of the Rocky Mountains had brought a smile to my face the day before but I still told myself the anticipation of years was bound to disappoint, and that it was ok for surely it could not live up to the photos I’d see. Silly me…why did I worry…
Lake Louise is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sights I have been lucky enough to see. Truly marvellous. I took one of the trails around the lake which was a true delight. For an hour and a half I enjoyed the calm emerald waters, the blue sky, the snow peaked mountains, the faint scent of trees, ducks swimming along the shore and tiny chipmunks walking along the path. It was just magical. I wished I had not booked a tour and could stay for a little longer but then had I done so, I would never have seen Moraine Lake, a place I had never heard of, but which was out of this world. Whereas the waters at Lake Louise are of a beautiful emerald green, Moraine Lake’s are the most brilliant sapphire blue I have ever seen. Being surrounded by so much beauty took my breath away and for a while, everything was alright with the world. This day was a true feast for the eyes. Just gorgeous. I thanked the universe that with all the craziness in the world, there were moments that could fill my heart and soul with joy.