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Banff to Lake Louise and the Athabasca Glacier, Canada – Part Six

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How many times have you seen photos of Lake Louise, Alberta? It actually looks and feels surreal, even when you’re there!

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Just superb, especially early in the day with no breeze.

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Chateau Lake Louise grew from a simple log chalet and then the implementation of the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway which was completed in 1885.

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Food at the Chateau is simply delicious and healthy choices available.

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A Grumpy Bear beer isn’t too bad either!
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On our way towards Calgary we stop at Lake Moraine which is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park – 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) outside the Village of Lake Louise.

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All along the way, just can’t beat the views.

P1180305View from the Icefield Interpretive Centre which is closed during the winter (mid-October to mid-April) and stands across from the glacier.

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We’ve come over by way of a snow coach which has to climb one of the steepest gravel roads in Canada to gain access to it.

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The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield located in the Canadian Rockies. It currently recedes at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year.

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Very impressive!

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The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance; however, travel onto the glacier is not recommended unless properly equipped. Hidden crevasses have led to the deaths of unprepared tourists.

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Group shot before heading onto Calgary.

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It’s not going to look like this for much longer as Canada heads into its cooler months and will be whiter than white.

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