I’ve been to Lake Louise four times now and on three of those occasions it has been cloudy and miserable. This lake is still incredibly beautiful even in these less than ideal conditions but it can get incredibly chilly even in summer.
On one of these trips I was visited by Christy, my oldest friend, from Australia. She was joined by her friend from back home, Chrissy, no that’s not a typo (best bit was when Christin my german friend was also in town). They were doing a month long trip from British Columbia to Alberta and we got to see Lake Louise together. Unfortunately, it was a rather wet and rainy day. To add to this misfortune I had no where to stay as the hostel was booked, and I missed the bus home to banff. So, I spent the night in their car, this was uncomfortable to say the least. I’ve never done anything like that before, and it was quite eye opening. Not to mention I didn’t bring a rain or winter jacket to Lake Louise and I was absolutely frozen by the time 6am rolled around…
I’ve since learned my lesson.
Some advice about Lake Louise that should go without saying, but i’ll say it anyway. This place is busy, incredibly busy. If you are arriving and expecting to just chill by the lake and enjoy the silence of nature, think again. I will say that the key to enjoying the area is to hike. You hike up into the ranges beyond and the world quietens around you. See below for the differences between cloudy Lake Louise, and sunny Lake Louise…
I’ll do a post shortly on the only sunny trip I’ve enjoyed here … and our hike up to the Little Beehive.
You can follow Christy here: @christybryan
And Chrissy here: @chrissy.xtine