I visited these 5 lakes, all within a couple of days of each-other, in mid-September.
One day I was hiking off the shores of Lake Louise during the first snowfall of the season wearing my wooly hat and thick gloves……….
……..and the next day I was sunbathing on a rock at Moraine Lake in a sleeveless top!
Yes this made for difficult packing, not knowing what the weather would bring, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I got my money’s worth out of Alberta, experiencing the best of both sun and snow and my goodness……..it was worth every penny!
Alberta has shown me, hands down, the best views I have seen to date! I cannot express how much I adored the Rockies, nor could have counted how many gasps I made at the breathtaking views. I will absolutely be returning someday and would urge everyone to put Alberta on their bucket list. You will not be disappointed!
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are both easily accessible for all ages. Should you be able and willing I would highly recommend a hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse. I set off from Lake Louise and followed the signs around the right side of the Lake to “Lake Agnes Teahouse”. Approximately half way up I came to the first lake, Mirror Lake, an apt name!
Full steam ahead and after approximately 1.5hours of hiking I arrived at Lake Agnes. What a delight! The teahouse offered refreshments, both hot and cold, and if you’re anything like me and can’t leave wildlife alone you’ll also come away with a new found friend in a wild chipmunk no doubt. Their card machine was out of order the day I was there, so make sure to bring cash!
Not being anywhere near experienced in outdoor hikes, I found this hike to be of a moderate difficulty. You definitely have to be committed to reaching the top!
The final lake I am going to touch on is Maligne Lake. From the majestic peaks to the glacier blue water, Maligne Lake is a sight for sore eyes!
You can take a boat ride to Spirit Island which is one of the most photographed locations in the world and gets great reviews. I recommend pre-booking the cruise online wherever possible to ensure you get a ticket and aren’t left disappointed. This activity is extremely popular! If you find you are unable to make the boat-trip, don’t despair and by all means still pay the Lake a visit. Rest assured you will thoroughly enjoy a peaceful and picturesque stroll along the shoreline.
The spectacular beauty of Alberta’s natural landscapes has me entranced. A piece of my heart will lie here forever!
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