- Lake Louise
unincorporated place, southwestern Alberta, Canada, on the Bow River, in Banff National Park, immediately northeast of the icy, blue-green lake of the same name, which is renowned for its scenic beauty. Originally settled in 1884 as a Canadian Pacific Railway construction camp, it was known as Holt City and later Laggan, until renamed in 1914 for the lake, which had been discovered in 1882 by railroad workers and named to honour Princess Louise, the daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of the Marquess of Lorne (governor-general of Canada, 1878–83). Since 1892, when the Lake Louise area was added to Banff National Park, the settlement has been administered by various government agencies. It is a famous tourist resort and recreation centre (hiking, mountain climbing, skiing), made accessible by its location at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Icefields Parkway. The lake, at an elevation of 5,680 feet (1,731 m), springs from Victoria Glacier; it is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 0.75 mile (1.2 km) wide and reaches a depth of more than 220 feet (70 m). Pop. (most recent) about 1,000.
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