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The last stop for your mountain adventures is at Lake Louise. Lake Louise is located two hours west of Calgary and 45 minutes west of Banff via the Trans Canada Highway. The glacial lake is the main highlight of the place. The emerald color of the lake is fantastic particularly in the summer and the Rocky Mountain background adds up to its beauty. The combination of Fairmont Chateau Hotel and lake make stunning images you can treasure forever, so make sure you carry a camera with you.
Lake Louise has the biggest ski resort in Canada and a usual venue for professional Alpine Ski Events where hundreds of athletes from different parts of the globe set in to compete. Top Canadian Alpine athletes such as Calgary’s own John Kucera and Erik Guay are some of the participants. A perfect place for ski lovers and enthusiast!
My favorite event in Lake Louise is the Ice Magic Festival Competition. This is an annual affair being held beside the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. My wife and I enjoy going there to see various fine ice carving. Some of the amazing of images we saw: unicorn, native Indian arts, ballet dancer, flying eagle, sea creatures, fairy tale land and my most wanted – ice castle.
This event is regularly being held third to last weekend of January. If you miss this competition, don’t worry you can go anytime to see their creation for FREE! Go at once before it melts. Don’t delay!
We went around the banks via horse sleigh for an hour, took pictures and saw the frozen waterfall.
The cool breeze of the air and fresh scent of the trees were refreshing and relaxing.
Also go for snowshoeing, cross-country, snowmobiling and dog sledding to explore the place.
Summer time is the best time to go for canoeing, and kayaking on the lake. Biking and hiking on to Lake Louise’s countless trails is another sure thing to do. You might end up face to face with animals such as moose, deer, cougars, mountain goat, black bears, grizzly bears, wolverine, elks, coyotes plus wide assortments of birds. So be on your guard and protect yourself by being aware of what to do when you encounter wild animals.
If your dream vacation is one where the only skyscrapers are towering rock cliffs, where you can unplug from the busy world and where you can exercise your body while rejuvenating your mind, then why not consider whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon?
Why not indeed? There are numerous options for getting from point A to point B on the canyon’s Colorado River. Seasoned water sports fanatics may favor Grand Canyon kayaking, while those seeking a somewhat less physically challenging experience can choose either an oar-powered dory or a large motorized raft. In either case, it’s a smart idea to book your trip with a professional outfitter. Their highly skilled and competent river guides can make sure your Colorado River rafting trip will be safe, insured and exciting. They’ll provide the proper equipment, carry your belongings, guide you on fascinating side hikes and feed you delicious meals. They also know the region and are skillful not only in river navigation but also in first aid in case of accidents or illness.
You’ll see stunning vistas featuring numerous geological eras that have been laid bare by the river’s flow over a few centuries. The view from your raft gives you glimpses of ancient ruins, waterfalls and wildlife; but the finest tours for body and mind will break up your days with Grand Canyon hiking. Just the sound of Matkimiba Canyon, Dear Creek Falls, Elves Chasm or Havasu Creek, all Grand Canyon hiking destinations, conjures up discovery and entertainment. Exploring remote canyons can reveal ancestral Puebloan, Cohinina, Hopi and Zuni cliff dwellings, marked by petroglyphs and pictographs. Be sure to bring your camera, and of course, some high-quality hiking boots are a necessity.
Taking a swim in a Little Colorado swimming hole provides a restorative break from hiking in the Grand Canyon before you and your fellow rafters continue your journey.
The Grand Canyon is a limited and extremely valuable resource. That’s why the National Park Service has put some constraints on its use. An individual can only take one trip each year. Also, the outfitters are restricted to a 24-person maximum on their oar-powered boats and a maximum of 36 on their largest motorized rafts. There is also a rule that what you bring in must be taken out – as in garbage, gear and other debris.
So, if your “bucket list” includes whitewater rafting the Colorado River as it hurries through the Grand Canyon, take this plunge to adventure on your next vacation.