Although I have visited the Western area of Canada a few times, I have not had the opportunity to hike in the mountains.
On a recent visit with a very dear friend of mine, I had put in a request that perhaps we could fit this in to our itinerary, weather permitting.
With the sun shining & the promise of a glorious day, we packed up our vehicle & ventured off to to beautiful Lake Louise.
With its stunning backdrop of the mountains, its pristine glacier lake & the gorgeous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, it seemed a perfect place to spend the day together.
This jaw dropping view never disappoints
Proper boots, poles & supplies meant we were good to go!
Because of the amount of snow that had fallen in the mountains this past year, we thought it wise to check in with Parks Canada to ensure it was safe to head out on a hike.
Confirming we had all of the proper gear, our Canada Parks representative assured us that, although there was a little bit of snow up on the mountain, we had on proper attire & so, were good to go.
Making our way along the lake, the view is incredible & the colour of the water will take your breath away.
As we starting heading towards the trail, we weren’t very far along when we came across this sign.
It seems our friend from Parks Canada didn’t get the memo!
After speaking to a few hikers coming back down from the trail, we decided to ignore the warning & take our chances!
Such daredevils we are!
It wasn’t long before we came across the first evidence of a recent avalanche. Although a little tricky to maneuver, the smell from the freshly fallen trees was heavenly!
The power of an avalanche. Hopefully our bodies would not look like this at the end of our hike!
The snow definitely made for some challenging hiking, sometimes feeling like we should have included our snowshoes with our gear, but we were not going to let a little snow stop us form enjoying this spectacular day!
After trekking for awhile, we sought out a little spot for lunch, each finding a rock sticking out of the snow to sit our butts on to as not to get soaked. When in Rome!
It may have not been the most comfortable of seats but the view sure was spectacular!
This looks like a nice spot for lunch.
We came across this little guy when I put my pack down to take a few pictures. He was determined to get into my pack but there are strict rules about not feeding the wildlife in the national parks which sadly for him, we chose to abide by.
I must admit, he was hard to resist!
If I could just figure out this zipper?
Can I please, please, have the rest of your sandwich?
After enjoying a yummy packed lunch, we continued trekking further up the mountain, finding the “little bit of snow” increasing as we climbed.
At times, it seemed the trail was non-existent but we managed to find little glimpses here & there. You’ll notice the change in attire from the photo above to the one below. Off in the distance, it looked like a storm was coming in so we chose to layer up a bit rather than get caught on the side of the mountain in a shorts in a snowstorm!
Where is the trail?
Thankfully the storm blew off in another direction so we decided to take a break to shed a few layers & enjoy a little champagne.
As we sat sipping our champagne & talking about how incredibly grateful we felt to share this experience together, we heard rumblings off in the distance. You can imagine the look between us!
Thinking about that warning sign (we ignored), we agreed if we were to buried in snow, this appeared to be a beautiful spot to do so!
We were relieved, none the less, when the snow coming down the mountain was a little further away from where we were sitting.
Snow coming off the mountain in the distance
Taking this as our cue, we thought it best to pack up & start making our way back down the mountain.
Can you spot the Chateau off in the distance?
The Chateau coming back in to view.
Safe & sound at the bottom of the mountain.
What an incredible day spent with an amazing friend. Lake Louise was already a very special place for the two of us, this hike only made it more so! Perhaps next time we’ll try rock climbing!
Have you ever found yourself in challenging hiking conditions?
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!