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Lake Louise
Hamlet
Entering Lake Louise
Entering Lake Louise
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Alberta's Rockies
Census division No. 15
Improvement district Improvement District No. 9
Elevation 1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,041
 • Dwellings 273
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T0L 1E0
Area code(s) +1-403, +1-587
Highways Hwy 1 (TCH)
Website Lake Louise

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

History

Lake Louise-75
Château Lake Louise

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. The rail station building was preserved and moved into Heritage Park in Calgary.

Lake Louise cloudy
Picture of Lake Louise on a partly cloudy day in July, 2010.

Demographics

As of 2001, Lake Louise had a total population of 1,041 living in 273 dwellings. 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.

Geography and climate

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 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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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) -5.4
(22.3)
-1.7
(28.9)
2.9
(37.2)
7.5
(45.5)
12.7
(54.9)
16.7
(62.1)
20.4
(68.7)
20.1
(68.2)
14.7
(58.5)
7.3
(45.1)
-1.7
(28.9)
-6.9
(19.6)
7.2
(45)
Daily mean °C (°F) -12
(10)
-9.7
(14.5)
-4.7
(23.5)
0.9
(33.6)
5.8
(42.4)
9.7
(49.5)
12.6
(54.7)
11.9
(53.4)
7.1
(44.8)
1.1
(34)
-7.1
(19.2)
-13
(9)
0.2
(32.4)
Average low °C (°F) -18.4
(-1.1)
-17.6
(0.3)
-12.3
(9.9)
-5.8
(21.6)
-1.2
(29.8)
2.8
(37)
4.7
(40.5)
3.6
(38.5)
-0.5
(31.1)
-5.1
(22.8)
-12.6
(9.3)
-19.1
(-2.4)
-6.8
(19.8)
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) 52.4
(2.063)
47.9
(1.886)
37.3
(1.469)
32.3
(1.272)
59.9
(2.358)
54.3
(2.138)
56.4
(2.22)
53.9
(2.122)
41.9
(1.65)
37.7
(1.484)
57.4
(2.26)
48.7
(1.917)
543.8
(21.409)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.7
(0.028)
0.0
(0)
1.5
(0.059)
9.0
(0.354)
32.8
(1.291)
54.1
(2.13)
56.4
(2.22)
53.6
(2.11)
39.1
(1.539)
19.0
(0.748)
2.4
(0.094)
0.0
(0)
268.7
(10.579)
Snowfall cm (inches) 51.3
(20.2)
33.4
(13.15)
36.4
(14.33)
23.5
(9.25)
7.1
(2.8)
0.2
(0.08)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.8
(1.1)
18.7
(7.36)
57.0
(22.44)
48.8
(19.21)
279.1
(109.88)
Source: Environment Canada
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