Banff NP – Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise (08/15)

To capture this view of Lake Louise, you must arrive early otherwise this naked canvas will be marred by lots of red bobbers. Another benefit to being an early bird is that you’re more likely to experience silence around the lake and on the trails. You’ll see more wildlife and hear nature’s sounds.

Victoria Glacier reigns large above Lake Louise.

Big Beehive reflected in Mirror Lake

Lake Agnes

Lake Agnes and her Teahouse

The Lake Agnes mascot. I just found out these are called Hoary Marmots as opposed the the Yellow-Bellied variety found in California.

Such bright and cheery asters

A nectarine pit was left behind; this little guy quickly found it. DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS!

This sign was especially helpful in identifying the mountains.

Looking down at Lake Louise. Today it’s not smoke causing the white skies, those are rain clouds.

Victoria Glacier and her surrounding peaks from the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. I read that the name “Plain of Six Glaciers” comes from the hanging glaciers of Mount Aberdeen, Lefroy and Victoria, as well as the Lower Victoria and Lefroy glaciers and the hanging glacier on Popes Peak.

This is Mt Lefroy, my favorite in the area.

Waterfalls and a close-up of a portion of Victoria Glacier. Just as I reached the end of the trail for this photo, it started sprinkling. I quickly started descending as thunder boomed and thankfully was nearing treeline when the first flashes of lightning were seen. I had rain gear with me, something that should be considered part of your minimum kit in the Canadian Rockies. The temperature dropped quickly and I hurried to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House to seek shelter. Of course this was something easier said than done as 50+ others had the same idea; the Tea House was bursting at the seams. After 30 minutes it became apparent the storm wasn’t going to cease quickly nor would I ever get a cup of coffee, so down the mountain I went. Soon thereafter, the rain stopped, the skies cleared, and the sun reappeared.

Blue sky and sunshine, a nice way to end the day!

Jan’s Tips:

  • This was about a 12.5 mile trip with 4,100′ of elevation gain and loss. I started at the Lake Louise parking lot, ascended the Lake Agnes trail up to the Big Beehive overlook, then connected to the Plain of Six Glaciers trail via the Highline Trail, and returned down the Lakeshore Trail.
  • Grizzly activity closes trails or requires groups of four to travel together. Therefore, it’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D.
  • If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY. This is not only a stop for the Charter Buses, but their is an onsite hotel. I started hiking about 7:30am and saw few others until I neared the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.
  • Helpful links:
  • A Parks Canada Pass is required.
  • Link to my other Canada blog posts.


3 thoughts on “Banff NP – Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise (08/15)

  1. Really like the Big Beehive reflected in Mirror Lake photo, but Lake Agnes and her Tea-house is my favorite 🙂 Hey are you losing weight? You look thinner since I first started following.

  2. Pingback: 2015 -Where did Jan Jaunt? | Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings

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