After climbing into our warmest clothes, we stepped outside into the eerie quiet. The full moon pierced the darkness lighting our path.
We thought we were alone in the crisp alpine air until we stumbled upon a lone photographer. He hunched over his tripod, with his lens pointed across the lake at the shimmering glaciers of Mt. Victoria.
As we approached the boathouse, the aroma of coffee and hot chocolate welcomed us like a warm hug. A small group huddled together on the dock and even in my semi-conscious state, their excitement was electric.
After a quick briefing, we selected life jackets and paddles, before launching our canoe. The magnetic pull of the full moon hanging above Victoria Glacier, and the promise of sunshine propelled us along Lake Louise.
Our paddles sliced through the glacial water as the sun began to peek over a mountain. At the end of the lake, the closest point to the retreating glacier, we stopped and waited. The warm glow illuminating the summit of Mt. Victoria began to creep toward us. I might have been holding my breath as the sun began to bathe the ancient ice in a rosy glow.
A full moon, clear sky and incredible sunrise aligned to make this early morning paddle on Lake Louise a once in a lifetime experience.
Regardless of the size of the moon, exploring Lake Louise by canoe is a fantastic experience during the warmer months.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is in an unbeatable location. Consider upgrading to a room on the Fairmont Gold floor for an even more exclusive experience.
Calgary, Alberta is the nearest urban centre and is approximately 200km from Lake Louise. A private vehicle is a great option because there are many other incredible sites in the region, including Banff and the surrounding Banff National Park.