Consolation Lakes

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Although these lakes were mapped by surveyors from a nearby ridge in 1892, and were seen by Walter Wilcox and Samuel Allen in their 1893 attempt to climb Mt. Temple, their discovery is credited to Wilcox, the first man to visit the shores, in 1899. Wilcox was “so pleased with the place,” in contrast to nearby Desolation Valley, that he named it “Consolation.” The photograph that he took from Babel Creek he considered “one of the most beautiful pictures that I have ever seen…. This view combines every element of grandeur and beauty characteristic of the Canadian Rockies— vertical cliffs and glaciers, forests, meadows, and a water surface, the reflections in which give an added interest to the surroundings.”

Consolation Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Although these lakes were mapped by surveyors from a nearby ridge in 1892, and were seen by Walter Wilcox and Samuel Allen in their 1893 attempt to climb Mt. Temple, their discovery is credited to Wilcox, the first man to visit the shores, in 1899. Wilcox was “so pleased with the place,” in contrast to nearby Desolation Valley, that he named it “Consolation.”

The photograph that he took from Babel Creek he considered “one of the most beautiful pictures that I have ever seen…. This view combines every element of grandeur and beauty characteristic of the Canadian Rockies— vertical cliffs and glaciers, forests, meadows, and a water surface, the reflections in which give an added interest to the surroundings.”"

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 377 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Consolation Lakes

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8/29/2009
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Excellent trail to a beautiful spot that is MUCH less crowded that Moraine Lake, where the trail starts. Anticipate that you may need to form a group of 4 to reduce the risks of bears in the area. This is the only area where we were required to form a group of 4 or more.



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May 2018