Canoeing in Lake Louise.

My Aunt has a list of 50 things she would like to do before she turns 50. One of them was to canoe in a mountain lake. What better lake than Lake Louise? It was such a selfless deed to help her cross this off her list.

I haven’t visited this lake since I camped here with my family when I was 5. It is still as beautiful as ever. Lake Louise was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. The snow on the mountains in the background is Victoria glacier. The glacier delivers rock flour to the lake which reflects the light and gives it the gorgeous teal colour.

No personal boats or canoes are allowed on the lake but they have canoes for rent. An hour of canoe paddling… well worth the money. I can’t believe the thousands of people, including myself, who constantly drive past this gorgeous lake without turning off the highway to see it every once and a while. 

Just amazing. Almost as amazing as my two canoeing partners. My aunt was in charge of steering the boat, because apparently that is what the person sitting in the back does. My mom was in charge of paddling and taking pictures. I was in charge of paddling looking at the beautiful view. 

As you can tell, I was so disappointed to be here.

The weather changed every 17 seconds, but it only sprinkled for about three minutes. It was just enough to cool us off during all of this intense canoe paddling.

I am so glad we got the chance to come out and canoe! One more thing crossed off her list! My mom said that she was going to immediately put this on her bucket list… and then cross it off right away. I don’t think she understands the concept of a bucket list?

After the canoeing we walked around the lake a little bit and took a few more pictures. They had beautiful flowers in front of the Chateau Lake Louise.

I love this woman.

I adore Lake Louise. I was going to say I “love” Lake Louise, but I have used the word love far too many times in this post. 

Just try wiping that smile off my face. We had an hour with the canoe. We managed to canoe around the whole lake. We got to the end of the lake and turned around and had much less than half of our time left so we had to paddle hard to get back and return our canoe in time. The downside of sitting in the front? My mom and Aunt could see whether I was paddling or just sitting there staring at the beauty. I think my lower back and arms are a little sore. Clearly I haven’t been working on my paddling muscles.


  1. Oh and that pic with the “rock” made me laugh. We’ll have to take a pic at the marathon with me in the middle – I’m the missing stair step lol

  2. Gorgeous pics πŸ™‚
    I want to go back to Lake Louise too – I, like you, haven’t been there since I was about 7 or 8 (which is a touch over 20 years ago…) πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for sacrificing your day to help me with this one! : )xo

    oh….and by the way….. Kris is standing on a rock in that one shot! You know which one. : )

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