1882 LAKE OF LITTLE FISHES
Did you ever wonder how Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies really got it’s name? It all started back in the summer of 1882 by a young Thomas Wilson who was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, packing supplies and equipment for construction crews for Kicking Horse Pass. One night, while camped with a group of Stoney Indians, he heard the rumble of avalanches. Using his limited vocabulary of native words and some sign language, Wilson learned that the noise was coming from ”snow mountains above the lake of little fishes.” The next day, two Stoney guides took Wilson to the lake on horseback. The first white man to see what he originally named Emerald Lake was captivated by the ”blue and green water” of this gem beneath the glacier. He sat and gazed, sharing a smoke with his companions and said, ”As God is my judge, I never in all my explorations saw such a matchless scene.”
This Emerald Lake was later renamed Lake Louise in honor of Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. Wilson also named nearby Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park and that name still stands today.
When you travel to the Canadian Rockies with CTE your Tour Director will bring the history of this region to life. Not only will you stay in lake view rooms at this Iconic hotel property and dine overlooking the lake with CTE, you will also gain a better understanding of how the history of this region came to be.