Lake Louise, Alberta The lake was originally named Emerald Lake in 1882 by Tom Wilson, a railroad surveyor, who was the first white man t...

RV Trip II

Lake Louise, Alberta

The lake was originally named Emerald Lake in 1882 by Tom Wilson, a railroad surveyor, who was the first white man to discover it.
A couple of years later it was  renamed Lake Louise after the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, who was married to John Campbell, the fourth Governor General of Canada.




Lake Louise was named Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stoney Nakota First Nations people, after the whitefish, splake and trout that live there.



The reason that the lake is such a bright turquoise colour is because it contains both clear water and billions of particles of rock flour. This rock flour is a silt formed from glacial ice continually moving and grinding against the bedrock beneath it. The rock flour drains into the lake and becomes suspended in the water floating near the surface, when the sun shines the combination of water and rock flour absorb most of the colour spectrum, except from green and a bit of blue. 

The Fairmont Ch√Ęteau hotel in the distance.

If there's one thing I've noticed about myself it's that when it comes to tiny critters I get very snap happy. I'd heard some squeaking in the rocks and spotted this little guy, it wasn't until I read a book in Banff that I found out it was an American pika - like Pikachu.



American pikas are apparently considered to be one of the best early warning systems for global warming in the US. Their habitat consists of cool mountain ecosystems, so it's believed that temperature increases are causing them to move higher up in search of a more suitable living environment.



And then I found some chipmunks.




After Lake Louise we headed to Tunnel Mountain Village campground in Banff, where we were told there had been a bear spotted on the site that afternoon. 
We didn't see any bears, but one morning Andrew went across to the toilet and a coyote ran past him.

Next to our campsite there were a gang (I had to google that, I thought it was herd) of elk. 



All in all, I am completely sold on RVing and I'd absolutely jump at the chance to do it again. 

Happy campers!



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