We said goodbye to Banff and drove to lovely Lake Louise, Alberta. On our drive, we passed under a few wildlife highway overpasses in the Banff National Park. Put in place along the TransCanada highway, these overpasses (and many underpasses), allow animals to safely cross the roads, cutting down on animal-vehicle collisions. Unfortunately we didn’t see any animals passing as we drove under, but I can imagine that seeing a family of bears or deer crossing above you would be quite the sight!
The turquoise blue waters of Lake Louise were frozen over when we visited, but it was still a breathtaking sight to see. Since it’s a major tourist attraction, I would recommend visiting before 11am or after 5pm to avoid the tour buses and crowds. We spent the afternoon having lunch at the Chateau Lake Louise, which offered a yummy gluten-free menu and unobstructed views of the lake.
I think Lake Louise is the perfect afternoon stop, if you’re traveling near the Banff area. In the summertime the views are amazing, and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a magical hotel (I felt like it was something out of Beauty and the Beast!) to enjoy a cuppa.