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There’s something very memorable when you see things clearly for the first time. You take a step back to appreciate what you are witnessing, and feel a little sorry for all the time you have missed enjoying it. That will be the feeling you get when you come to Lake Louise. First, you will have a moment of deep gratitude for the crisp, clean atmosphere that surrounds you, followed by the realization that this is what nature should always feel like. While Eric had spent his time there he had that same experience. He pondered on some similar experiences where he had the opportunity to… “see things clearly” and wondered if we had some to share as well.

Wally, always fond of the literal take on things, remembered the time where he couldn’t see very well through a pair of reading glasses. Concerned that his eyesight had gotten worse he chirped up when Eric asked him for something and he replied with, “I can’t see that!” It was when Eric approached him and pulled the prescription label off of the eye-lens that he was able to ‘see clearly!’ 

Our guest, Caroline Gleich, described her time sitting on a mountain top after hiking all through the night to watch the sun slowly rise into brilliant colors of light. For her, in that moment, she is able to see everything clearly; life is truly brought into perspective.

I looked back on the first time I was responsible for putting on an event. My mind was completely blown once I understood all that goes into something like that. I would always attend parties, events, or even teachers’ lessons without the slightest idea at what effort went into making everything come about. My appreciation grew exponentially when I saw clearly the time that was sacrificed in order to ensure others enjoyed theirs.

Eric brought up the time he was emceeing an event and could not read a name, evidently butchering the pronunciation. A gentleman reached up to hand Eric a pair of specks to finish the list of names. Once he brought them to his face he exclaimed in front of everyone that he could see! With a few laughs from the crowd Eric played along, however he wasn’t putting on an act, it was the first time he had seen clearly in a long time. Just like Lake Louise, you don’t necessarily realize what you are missing or appreciating until you see it all clearly.

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AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR HISTORY… in a nutshell

What happens when you combine a melting glacier and a princess?  The answer might just surprise you. 

Have you ever swam in a glacier-fed lake?  If you have, you remember those 3.5 seconds as frozen bliss, or maybe the shock was too much and you felt nothing.   

Lake Louise is fed from the melting of Victoria Glacier and is rarely above 40 degrees.  In fact it’s frozen over 9 months out of the year, and so you won’t see many people swimming or water-skiing here, though lots of boats out on the turquoise, reflective water. 

The lake was discovered in 1892 by a railways worker named Thomas Wilson who was scouting ahead of the coming tracks.  He met a group of Stoney Indians at Kicking Horse Pass— who told him of the Lake of little fishes—a magical body of water tucked deep in the high mountain valley above. 

He saw the lake was something extraordinary and Christened it “Emerald Lake” because of it’s color. 

Only two years later the name of the lake was changed in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the daughter of England’s Queen Victoria and the wife of the Governor General of Canada.  (By the way, the “Alberta” province is also named after her.)   

The first cabin was built in 1890 and guests started arriving immediately.  Over the years it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Ranier of Monaco and movie stars such as Alfred Hitchcock, Douglas Fairbanks, and Marilyn Monroe. 

The famous and the adventurous still come, but now they stay at the Chateau Lake Louise built in 1913. which had a 65 million dollar remodel done in 1986.  It’s unbelievable! 

Lake Louise is where nature and Royalty meet.  You don’t have to be famous to come here, but you will see views that exist no where else, and yet you can dwell in relative luxury while doing so. 

Get to know Caroline Gleich

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A professional ski mountaineer and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, UT. When she’s not on snow, she loves trail running, alpine climbing, ridge scrambling, biking and dreaming about her next human-powered adventure. You may have seen her on the cover of Powder, Backcountry, Ski Magazines, or in Warren Miller films. A nature lover since birth, Caroline uses her voice as an athlete to advocate for the environment, working with non-profits such as Protect Our Winters, HEAL Utah, Tree Utah and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. She also has a big organic fruit and vegetable garden where she grows some of her own food. Caroline’s goal is to inspire people to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Follower her on social media @carolinegleich!

Our One Minute Madness Interview with Caroline

  1. Chocolate or vanilla? – “Chocolate”
  2. Name an item off your bucket list? – “Ski in the Himalayas” 
  3. What’s your favorite movie? – “Inside Out”
  4. What was the last book you read? – “Expedition Planning”
  5. What’s your favorite holiday? – “Christmas”
  6. What do you miss most about being a kid? – “Nothing, I love being an adult!”
  7. One place you could travel to right now. – “Back to Canada”
  8. What is your weirdest quirk? – “I drink a lot of water”
  9. What’s your favorite flavor of potato chip? – “Anything with lime”
  10. Who is the first person you call when you’ve had a bad day? – “My friend, Brooke”

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Best of the Best of the Best “Sir!”

  1. LAKE LOUISE ITSELF– Whether you go swimming in the lake or take a step back to enjoy its beauty, just be sure to do that, enjoy its beauty. The world famous Lake has such an enchanting color that it pulls you in and can only be truly understood in person.
  2. PEYTO LAKE – Peyto Lake is a glacier-fed lake located in the Canadian Rockies, easily accessed from the Ice-fields Parkway. Named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.
  3. MORAINE LAKE – The brilliant blue green waters sheltered by the valley of the Ten Peaks cannot be overlooked. Only half the size of Lake Louise, but still very gorgeous!
  4. FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE – Right on the shores of Lake Louise, this luxury mountain resort dating back to 1890 is the place to be if you want to feel like royalty. With fine dining options, a spa, and indoor pool, gym, outdoor activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, and skiing, your bound to never want to leave.
  5. LAKE LOUISE SIGHTSEEING GONDOLA – The Lake Louise sightseeing Lift, Gondola & Interpretive Center offers dining at the stunning Lodge of Ten Peaks, an ascent to the awe-inspiring viewpoint, and to understand why Lake Louise is home of the Grizzly Bear.
  6. RIVER RAFTING & TUBING – Be sure not to pass up any of the water activities available. Try whitewater rafting, a float trip down the river, canoe or kayak on the lakes, or stand up paddle-boarding.
  7. PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS – Plan for a 5 hour round trip with great views of peaks and glaciers up close. The hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers is one of Banff National Park’s classic hikes.
  8. BOW GLACIER FALLS TRAIL – This is an outstanding hike, ideal for photographers, hikers, bikers, and really anyone. The hike is right in Banff National Park which circles around the turquoise blue Bow Lake and leads to the base of a refreshing waterfall.
  9. NATURE & WILDLIFE TOURS – You can rent or take your own bikes on the Banff Legacy trail or go on a 30-90 minute dog sled tours to enjoy the amazing nature around you. There are a number of tour operators offering all kinds of sightseeing that will take guests to the most exceptional locations. Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for some wildlife viewing.
  10. FAIRVIEW LOOKOUT – Take this short 20 minute hike, it may be uphill but it is definitely worth visiting. You are able to get a full view from the top of the beautiful lake and the Fairmont Chateau in the back.

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Our Take Away

After listening to the many adventures of Caroline, Wally wants to give ice climbing a try! However, she didn’t have us all convinced on that one 😉

I learned from Caroline that you can get sick if you go all the way under water in some glacier-fed lakes, I will now be more aware of that when lake swimming!

Caroline didn’t have the chance before to check out the views from the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, so her next trip will include a relaxed ride up the mountain.

Eric made the point to make sure you are safe! Be aware of where you are and where you are going. Nature is beautiful and can be mesmerizing, but can also be dangerous if not prepared. Take your family to Lake Louise where you will drink in one of the most refreshing outdoor experiences and have a chance to see things clearly!

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