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Lake Louise

Marcy Williams Published: June 24, 2013

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is famous for its location on the shore of a vividly colored lake. In 1884 its name was changed from Emerald Lake to Lake Louise, in honor of the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.

The hotel is very historic, originating as a lodge that housed a dozen guests. It has been enlarged and at one time suffered a devastating fire. It was said that in spite of the fire, the comfort of the guests received immediate attention, and the staff was able to continue to serve meals and offer services as if there had been no fire.

The Lake Louise/Banff area is a major North American ski destination, but in the warmer temperatures of spring and summer, it becomes an excellent place for hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding.

It is fascinating to just sit by the lake, take in the beauty of the scenery, and listen to the many different languages being spoken by the guests who visit from all over the world.