I’ve been to Lake Louise in the middle of summer before, when the color of the water is a beautiful turquoise just like the millions of pictures you find on the internet. This time, I chose to go at a different time of the year.
Spring is a VERY interesting time to visit Lake Louise. We went in late May, and we hung around the area for a couple of days. We were fortunate to be there just at the right time to witness a color change. On day one there was still ice on the lake, and the water was a crisp emerald color. On day two, just like in a snap of a finger, the ice completely thawed and the color changed to a cool blue.
The layer of ice on Lake Louise can thaw very quickly. Sometimes the difference of going there in the morning and in the afternoon can be quite drastic. Large sheets of ice can change to very fine grind in almost an instant. The sound when the little icicles rub against each other is like wind charm.
We decided to walk around. I would guess a large portion of tourists only stay within the vicinity of the parking lot so most of the shots you see are pretty much the same angle. I figured why not walk around and see it in a different view.
We even ended up in a completely different place with a completely different view of Lake Louise. Yes, that tiny body of water far far away is Lake Louise. No, we didn’t walk this entire distance, that’d be crazy for us non-triathletes. We walked, hiked, drove, took some gondola, walked and hiked some more, then got to top of a mountain.
The size of Lake Louise is not small, but in comparison to the mountain it’s like a puddle.
A lot of you have been to Lake Louise, or at least seen lots of pictures that generally look very similar. Nothing special anymore right? There is a catch, that is the time of year to visit. Lake Louise is very popular in the summer, that’s when most people go, but going at a different time can make things much more interesting like it did for me.