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Jasper to Lake Louise

semi-overcast 40 °F

Today was special because we got to walk on the Athabasca Glacier as we wandered our way to Lake Louise. The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield, located in the Canadian Rockies. The glacier currently loses depth at a rate of about 5 metres (16 ft) per year and has receded more than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) and lost over half of its volume in the past 125 years. Easily accessible, it is the most visited glacier in North America. It was chilly-about 20 degrees fahrenheit - with the wind chill. We then got a different view at the Glacier Skywalk before we traveled to Lake Louise.

Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939),[3] the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise from eastern shoreline, facing west. Lake Louise & Lake Agnes as seen from Devils Thumb. The turquoise color of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake. The lake has a surface of 0.8 km2 (0.31 sq mi) and is drained through the 3 km long Louise Creek into the Bow River.


Posted by rpickett 00:54 Archived in Canada Tagged ice field columbia

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