I had arranged things so that when we came out of camping in the backcountry around Mount Assiniboine, we would have some hotel time to recoup. To me, the Lodge at Lake Moraine is worth the splurge to be so close to the lake. Not having to worry about parking and the nice rooms help too.
So we spent the next two days exploring Lake Louise and Moraine around sunset and sunrise. Both were crazy busy but we expected that. At Lake Moraine, the Rockpile is an obvious attraction but so is the nice trail half way around the lake. I got some nice shots from both, including a wedding party getting their photos taken.
We also took a side trip down to the Vermillion Lakes for sunset and hopefully a nice Mount Rundle reflection. It was well worth the trip.
The next morning we ventured up to Lake Louise and got the first parking spot by showing up before 6am. Several hundred of our closest friends soon followed. It was a great experience watching the peaks around the lake light up with golden sunrise light, all reflected in the aqua waters of the lake itself.
The next day we were set to camp in the backcountry around Lake O’Hara. We had put the tent out to dry at the hotel but it was time to get some solid meals to get ready and to finalize our shopping and gear selection. On to Part 3…