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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lake Louise, Alberta is a special place





The last time I posted I left off as we were about to visit Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, Alberta.    The above photo shows the road going into the lake.

This is the Chateau Lake Louise which is situated on Lake Louise.  What a spectacular spot!

Here is is!  Lake Louise in winter.
In summer the lake is green as it's fed by a glacier which you can see in the distance where the mountains form a valley.

A bit of open water near the shore.

The paths around the lake near the hotel were well cleared.  It was just gorgeous there on this day.  Cold.  But gorgeous!  There were hundreds of people around taking part in winter activities of skating, hockey, snowshoeing and cross country skiing or just walking and taking photos.  

There were several ice sculptures on display in front of the hotel as well as the ice castle out on the lake.  The one above is of elk fighting.  Pretty awesome eh?  I guess it never got mild enough for them to melt and there is a bit of snow on some of them.


The ice castle. 
 If you follow Lorrie's blog, "Fabric Paper Thread", you might remember that she posted about this very ice castle right here when she visited in January.   Pop over to visit and also have a look at what's blooming in her house this week. 

There was some hockey going on on several cleared 'rinks' on the lake that day.  The Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic was taking place.  Above are some sledge hockey players, some of whom are paraplegic.  


Has anyone ever seen a 'block of wood heater' before?
This was sitting on the ice and burning on the inside.  It created a lot of heat right up close to it and smelled so good too.


Our family with a special announcement.  :)
Do you get it?  1, 2, 3…..another ba…by.   :))
Isn't this a cute way to make an announcement?
It was so special for me to be able to take the photos of our daughter and her family for this special moment in their lives.
Baby is due in August, which means they won't be able to come home to our son's wedding in August but, we'll be going out again later this year to visit them and meet our newest grandchild. 
You can see why Lake Louise is such a special place to us. 

Murray was here one time on a business trip many years ago and had the opportunity to paddle a canoe on the lake right up to the far end.  We also visited here about 14 years ago.


We got home late Tuesday night.  I have a bad head cold and sinus infection so the landing in Montreal and Fredericton was pretty bad on my right ear….which totally blocked in Montreal…. and while landing in Fredericton I had a lot of pain in it and my sinuses.  I'm off to my doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics to clear it up this morning.   I can't hear very well so hope it clears up.  
We sure do miss our family.  It was so quiet here this morning.  

I can't believe how much snow we have here at home.  There were several bad blizzards while we were away as well as freezing rain in between.   Lots of snow to clear away before we get more.  Come on Spring!!

Thanks for visiting and all your kind comments.  I see some new followers too and I thank you for joining me.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela



39 comments:

  1. Pamela, what breathtaking shots! I just love the one of your sweet little family's announcement! That is really clever and just precious! Oh, I bet you miss them so much! Great post!
    Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  2. You took many wonderful photos of such a beautiful place! Those mountains framed by that blue sky - wow! And congrats on the new baby. That will be so fun and exciting!

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  3. Spectacular pictures. Lake Louise is such a special place. We were there with the kids 25 years ago, but never in the winter. It's certainly on our list to go back to! Glad you had such a good visit.

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  4. Congratulations on the new baby. It took me a moment to figure out the photo. Wonderful photos. Imdomhope that your infection clears.mso fat this winter I have been lucky, only minor sniffles. Have a nice week end.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Pamela . . . Loved seeing your photos!
    And I really liked the announcement photo . . . congratulations!

    I hope your sinus infection is cleared up pronto!

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  6. Oh, my, Pamela! How gloriously gorgeous! I love that ice castle. You look so cute all bundled up and I hope you were warm!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. New adventure, new baby. Sounds like your trip was a winner in every. Fantastic photos. Would love to visit there one day. Heard so many great things about it.

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  8. Beautiful post and photos ! The scenery there is amazing . It is great to see you are having a wonderful time . I do like the ice sculpture of the bucks clacking antlers ! Congrats on a new baby in the family . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  9. Oh what exciting news! Congrats all around.

    Hope that you will be able to lie low and listen to the quiet as you recover from that head cold.Glad that you won't try to ride it out and are getting some meds.

    Lake Louise is so beautiful, winter or summer. (I do think summer is best for all that glorious water.)

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  10. Beautiful photos, Pamela, and an exciting announcement. What a great photo op that was. The one of you and your husband is great, too.
    The lake looks much busier now than it did when we went through. Seeing the hockey game would have been fun.

    Just a note - the Fairmont hotel on Lake Louise is the Chateau Lake Louise. Banff Springs Hotel is in Banff, also a gorgeous setting.

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  11. What a beautiful spot and what a fun announcement. Congratulations!!

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  12. Lake Louise is just as pretty in winter, and the ice sculpture of the elk is fabulous. Congrats on another grand down the road Pam, and I hope you feel better soon.
    Judith

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  13. Lake Louise is beautiful and I'd love to see it in the summer. The scenery is awesome in it's winter finery, too. What a beautiful spot for the baby announcement! Congratulations! Hope the meds will soon heal your sinus infection. Take care!

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  14. Oh what a fabulous surprise - love the numbers! Gorgeous photos of the area - a special treat for sure.

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  15. I'm sure it was hard to come home from those precious grandchildren. What amazing photos. I learned something new about that block of wood heater. Great picture of you and your husband.

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  16. wow, this post is full of so much... great views, amazing news & those ice sculptures. Congrats on the grand baby news ... that is so wonderful!! gorgeous sight ... i enjoyed it so!! i wonder what to do now ... ha. ha!! ( :

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  17. Oh, it's so pretty in the winter! Gorgeous shots! Did you stay at Banff Springs? Sorry to hear about your sinus infection, hope you're on the mend!

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  18. Oh congrats, those are all gorgeous pics, and I love the baby announcements! That's a great idea.

    I'm catching up on everyone, but still deep in delete mode.

    Jen

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  19. What a beautiful place, Pamela - and congratulations on the happy news! What a sweet way to announce it, too. Lovely family and a beautiful trip. Hope you are on the mend soon. xo Karen

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  20. What a wonderful trip you had! Congratulations on the new baby! Hope you are feeling better very soon.

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  21. What fantastic beauty! The hotel is amazing and I love the ice sculptures. I think it's wonderful how the paraplegics are able to play sports now.
    Congratulations on the upcoming birth of # 3. What a cute way to announce it. I hope your ear and sinuses are feeling better.
    Stay warm!

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  22. Pam, take care of that sinus infection...they can be wicked! Gorgeous pix and memories even though it was cold!!!...:)JP

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  23. Hi Pamela, What a beautiful place. So pretty, even in the winter time. Congratulations!!!!!! Another grandchild!!! This is wonderful news for your family. (I think I told you we are expecting a grandchild in august, too.) May God bless your daughter and the new little one.

    Susannah

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  24. Spectacular photos of this gorgeous lake and surrounding landscape, Pamela. So much activity going on and then the wonderful announcement! Congratulations, you all must be so thrilled!!

    I smiled when I read about your head cold. My ears popped on Monday, I am stuffed up and achy! Hope you feel better soon!!

    Poppy

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  25. The scenery shots are beautiful, Pam, and the sledge hockey game must have been fun to watch for awhile. The photo of you and your husband is beautiful. As for the news of a new little one to love later this year, what a cute way to announce the happy news. How thrilling for you!

    Karen

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  26. Love the "block" heater, Pamela! So beautiful in winter at Lake Louise. I have only seen it in the summer.

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  27. Beautiful shots of such a stunning place. I have been to Lake Louise a few times but always in summer. Congrats on the happy news! How exciting!

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  28. I sure hope you feel better tonight...an ear ache is miserable! And I'm very happy for you, too. What wonderful news and a beautiful family you have. Thanks for sharing the photos. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  29. Congratulations, August will be a big month for you!

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  30. Spectacular scenery! It's hard to beat the northern regions for true winter shots. The mountains are gorgeous! Congratulations on another grandchild! Hope you feel better.

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  31. Oh how beautiful and exotic! You all look just darling out there in the cold weather! Congratulations on the baby news. Another exciting year for you. We can never have enough time with ours. Get well and feeling better soon!

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  32. My husband and I had camped at Lake Louise many years ago and loved it. Such a beautiful place!

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  33. It's so pretty there! I have only been there in summer though. ;)

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  34. I've never been in such a gorgeous state, like Georgia! The scenery is amazing and your photography stunning dear Pam...as always, though! Thank you for your sweet and kind comments on our anniversary.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  35. Pamela
    It's all so awesome! I love the ice sculptures and seeing the Chateau.
    Congrats to your daughter and her family, they look so happy.
    I hope you get better soon. t
    Thank goodness you made it home before it got too bad!

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  36. Ah, one of my favourite places when we lived near Calgary ! [reminds me that I should post a few shots from there when we visited last summer]. These are beautiful shots ! And congrats on the coming addition, Pamela.

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  37. It did my heart so good to see the beautiful photos and think back to when we visited here about 10 years ago or so! (No digital camera back then.) It is truly a spectacular place. You did a terrific job on the compositions, and your color and white balance are spot on! Congratulations on the new grand baby on the way. And I hope you are already feeling better!

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  38. Happy to hear that you had a lovely trip. Congratulations on the new little one on the way and what a cute way for the announcement. My youngest sister and I visited Lake Lousie and Banff in the 80's when my (late) sister and her husband lived there, for the birth of their youngest (now a mom with two kids of her own.) It is truly a beautiful place and you have captured it so well in winter. Hoping you are feeling better soon.

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  39. Wonderful! I have only been there in the summer. Did you stay at the Chateau? We were on the Rocky Mountain Express and just spent the day at Lake Louise before heading into Jasper. A lovely spot and just gorgeous photos! Hope you're over the sinus infection...not fun to fly with that!
    Ruth

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