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Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful areas in Banff National Park and a well-loved landmark. The brilliant turquoise colors of Lake Louise come from the glacial silt (the fine powder of stones grinding away under the movement of the glaciers) running into the lake from the summer snow melt. Lake Louise is framed by Mt. Victoria and the Victoria Glacier on one end while Lake Agnes and the Big Beehive command one’s attention on another side.
Banff National Park in Alberta became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and offers spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains, including snow-capped peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, valleys of wildflowers and verdant green forests. It is home to many animals such as grizzly bears, mountain goats, cougars, moose, beavers and bighorn sheep. The nearby township of Canmore lies outside the park’s borders but nonetheless offers the same spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Some of the best known natural areas of Banff National Park include the Bow River Valley, Lake Minnewanka, Plain of the Six Glaciers, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon Falls. These are just some of the scenes that can be taken in through Banff’s 1600 km (994 miles) of hiking trails.