Lake Louise (Alberta)

lake in Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, also called Lake of the Little Fishes by the Stoney Nakota First Nations people,[1] is a glacial lake within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The village of Lake Louise is on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), which is 57 knots (106 km/h; 66 mph) west of Banff, Alberta.[2] The emerald 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. Moraine Lake and Lake Agnes are also accessible from Lake Louise.

Lake Louise from eastern shoreline, facing west

Lake Louise was originally named "Emerald Lake".[3] In 1884 the name was changed, naming it after the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.[3]


  1. "Banff National Park of Canada: What to See and Do - Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Area". Parks Canada. 2011-07-11. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. "Discover Lake Louise". Discover Lake Louise. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lake Louise". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historic Canada. Retrieved 18 November 2016.