Lake Louise, Alberta

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Lake Louise
Hamlet
Lake Louise, Alberta is located in Alberta
Lake Louise
Location of Lake Louise in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°25′31″N 116°10′50″W / 51.4253°N 116.1806°W / 51.4253; -116.1806
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionAlberta's Rockies
Census divisionNo. 15
Improvement districtImprovement District No. 9
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • Governing bodyImprovement District No. 9 Council
 • MPBlake Richards, Wild Rose
Elevation[1]1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population (2001)[2]
 • Total1,041
 • Dwellings273
Time zoneMST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code spanT0L 1E0
Area code(s)+1-403
WebsiteLake Louise
 
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Lake Louise
Hamlet
Lake Louise, Alberta is located in Alberta
Lake Louise
Location of Lake Louise in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°25′31″N 116°10′50″W / 51.4253°N 116.1806°W / 51.4253; -116.1806
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionAlberta's Rockies
Census divisionNo. 15
Improvement districtImprovement District No. 9
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • Governing bodyImprovement District No. 9 Council
 • MPBlake Richards, Wild Rose
Elevation[1]1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population (2001)[2]
 • Total1,041
 • Dwellings273
Time zoneMST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code spanT0L 1E0
Area code(s)+1-403
WebsiteLake Louise

Lake Louise is a hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Improvement District No. 9 Banff (Banff National Park).[3]

History[edit]

The hamlet is named for the nearby Lake Louise, which in turn was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

The hamlet was originally called Laggan, and was a station along the Canadian Pacific Railway route. It was built in 1890.[4] The rail station building was preserved and moved into Heritage Park in Calgary.

Infrastructure[edit]

The hamlet is separated into two communities. The main community, referred to as The Village is at a lower elevation adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). It has a small shopping centre, Samson Mall, which includes a park visitor centre, grocery store, bakery, deli, grill, bar and sporting goods store. The ski area, Lake Louise Mountain Resort, is located across Highway 1. The second community is at a higher elevation and is centered around the Chateau Lake Louise, adjacent to Lake Louise.

The community is also located on Alberta Highway 1A, and just south of the Icefields Parkway.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001, Lake Louise had a total population of 1,041 living in 273 dwellings.[2] Statistics Canada did not publish a population for Lake Louise from the 2006 census under its urban area or designated place programs. However, its 2006 population is approximately 777 based on data aggregated from the dissemination block level.[5]

Geography and climate[edit]

The hamlet is located in census division No. 15 and in the federal riding of Wild Rose. It is administered by the Improvement District No. 9[6] and is located beside the Trans-Canada Highway, 180 km (110 mi) west of Calgary. The background of Lake Louise is filled with views of several snow-capped mountains including Mount Temple (3,543 m (11,624 ft)), Mount Whyte (2,983 m (9,787 ft)) and Mount Niblock (2,976 m (9,764 ft)).

Lake Louise experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc). Annual snowfall averages 3.3m and winter temperatures below −50°C have been recorded. Summers consist of frosty mornings and crisp, cool days. Snow can occur in any month of the year.

Climate data for Lake Louise
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)7.8
(46)
13.9
(57)
17.0
(62.6)
26.5
(79.7)
31.7
(89.1)
31.1
(88)
34.4
(93.9)
32.2
(90)
29.0
(84.2)
26.1
(79)
18.3
(64.9)
12.2
(54)
34.4
(93.9)
Average high °C (°F)−6.7
(19.9)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.7
(36.9)
7.5
(45.5)
12.8
(55)
16.7
(62.1)
20.1
(68.2)
19.9
(67.8)
14.5
(58.1)
7.7
(45.9)
−1.8
(28.8)
−7.3
(18.9)
7.0
(44.6)
Daily mean °C (°F)−13.8
(7.2)
−10.2
(13.6)
−5.4
(22.3)
0.5
(32.9)
5.6
(42.1)
9.4
(48.9)
12.0
(53.6)
11.6
(52.9)
6.8
(44.2)
1.0
(33.8)
−7.9
(17.8)
−13.7
(7.3)
−0.3
(31.5)
Average low °C (°F)−20.9
(−5.6)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−13.5
(7.7)
−6.5
(20.3)
−1.6
(29.1)
2.2
(36)
3.9
(39)
3.2
(37.8)
−0.9
(30.4)
−5.6
(21.9)
−14.0
(6.8)
−20.0
(−4)
−7.7
(18.1)
Record low °C (°F)−52.8
(−63)
−50.6
(−59.1)
−44.4
(−47.9)
−33.9
(−29)
−27.8
(−18)
−10.0
(14)
−7.0
(19.4)
−7.5
(18.5)
−25.0
(−13)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−44.0
(−47.2)
−49.4
(−56.9)
−52.8
(−63)
Precipitation mm (inches)53.0
(2.087)
40.2
(1.583)
35.4
(1.394)
25.4
(1)
42.3
(1.665)
53.8
(2.118)
57.3
(2.256)
54.3
(2.138)
42.5
(1.673)
35.2
(1.386)
58.2
(2.291)
71.6
(2.819)
569.3
(22.413)
Rainfall mm (inches)0.1
(0.004)
0.0
(0)
2.3
(0.091)
5.7
(0.224)
35.9
(1.413)
53.5
(2.106)
57.3
(2.256)
54.3
(2.138)
39.4
(1.551)
15.2
(0.598)
1.3
(0.051)
0.0
(0)
265.0
(10.433)
Snowfall cm (inches)52.9
(20.83)
40.2
(15.83)
33.2
(13.07)
19.7
(7.76)
6.4
(2.52)
0.3
(0.12)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
3.2
(1.26)
20.0
(7.87)
56.9
(22.4)
71.6
(28.19)
304.3
(119.8)
Source: Environment Canada[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Lake Louise at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°25′31″N 116°10′50″W / 51.42528°N 116.18056°W / 51.42528; -116.18056