Tourists have been taking in the beauty of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada since the Canadian Pacific Railway replaced a fishing shack with a chalet in 1890 and increasing crowds have been mesmerized by the turquoise waters of this glacier fed lake ever since. However, only a lucky few ever see gold reflected off the surrounding peaks.
A normal day at Lake Louise sees the parking lot within walking distance quickly fill up with most tourists forced to use an overflow lot and shuttle in. As the day goes on, parking at the ski hills on the opposite side of the highway comes into play, but the view alone is worth the inconvenience and the price of admission to Banff National Park.
When the air is still, the mountains surrounding the lake are stunningly mirrored in the blue-green waters and even when a breeze blows, the view can take your breath away. The few moments provided to those on tour are never enough. The picture changes with every nuance in the weather and the walking trails on both sides of the lake are a must to fully appreciate the site.
However, few people arrive in time for one of the more spectacular sights that only a sunrise in the mountains can provide. Dawn comes cold and early at 5,740 feet above sea level and majestic Victoria Glacier at the end of the lake provides the perfect backdrop for what is about to happen.
Daybreak arrives with the sun still hidden behind a mountain and as it rises, sunlight hits the peaks and the glaciers on the other side of the lake and for a few unique moments, the golden rays are captured by the rocks and snow and reflected in Lake Louise.
The organized and dedicated adventurer can make sure they arrive early enough to witness the full beauty that is Lake Louise, but there is another way to improve the odds of seeing everything. The Chalet is now a luxury Chateau with amazing views. It’s a lot easier to get those perfect pictures when one can just step outside to do it.
Staying at the Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise will lighten your wallet, but the opportunity to see even one sunrise at this rare jaw-dropping historic site is worth it. It’s a destination every Canadian should take in at least once. The only problem is once you’re here, like so many others from the greater Toronto area who have come to Canada’s Rocky mountains, you probably won’t want to leave.
Stephen Brotherston is the editor of ProBballReport.com and has covered the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams since 2009. His articles have previously appeared in USAToday.com, Foxsports.com, Hoopsworld.com, Yardbarker and Bleacher Report and he has been interviewed on ESPN Radio, Fox Radio, NBA TV Canada, Canada.com and independent basketball podcasts.