As one of the most famous bodies of water in Alberta, the glacial Lake Louise is the quintessential flagship capital of Banff National Park within the Canadian Rockies. It is located 5 km (3.1 miles) west of the Hamlet of Lake Louise and the Trans-Canada Highway 1.
The reflective emerald colour of Lake Louise comes from rock flour carried into the lake by glacial melt-water from nearby mountains. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities here during the summer months.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, is located on Lake Louise’s eastern shore. It is a luxury resort hotel that was built in the early decades of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway, opened in 1911, and remains a popular destination to experience Canadian culture and the great outdoors of Western Canada.