The still and deep green/blue waters of Lake Louise lends it’s colours from the “Crock flour”, which are tiny particles of sediment delivered by glaciers to the lake. These become suspended in the water and reflect blue and green light due to their size and uniformity. Adjacent to the stunning Mount Victoria and fed by the Victoria Glacier, the water may look inviting but beware, the temperature rises just a few degrees above freezing, even in the height of summer!
The native’s knew the lake as “CHo-run-num-nay” or the Lake of Little Fishes. Much later in their history they showed this rare gem to explorer and outfitter Tom Wilson who has since been credited with it’s “discovery”.
Tourism inevitably followed it’s modern day discovery and as early as 1890 visitors have been able to stay on the two and a half kilometre shoreline.
Lake Louise takes it’s name from the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, a daughter of Queen Victoria who later married a senior Canadian government official. Lake Louise also gave Canada it’s reputation for mountaineering after Swiss born mountaineers were recruited to guide wealthy guests around the nearby peaks.