Lake Louise on Google Earth

I’ve always thought that Google Earth would be a great tool for seeing the terrain at Lake Louise in detail and at any angle or altitude. The only thing preventing that was the fact that the Lake Louise area showed up too blurry to be of any use. Until now…

A few years ago, there was a square of amazingly fine detail located just to the north of Lake Louise, around Mt. Hector and Hector Lake. You could zoom in close enough to see the colours of cars on the Icefields Parkway and the small waves on the surface of the lake. As detailed as this section was, it didn’t extend south far enough to include Lake Louise. Then, a year or two ago, this section grew two more times until it included Kicking Horse Pass, Lake O’Hara, and the Lake Louise area west of the Trans Canada highway. The ski area is tantalizingly just outside the box.

However, more recently a new area of detail was added, and you can now see all of the Larch area up close, including Elevator Shaft and Purple Bowl. The view from above really helps getting the lay of the land, even more so than aerial photos since you can adjust your perspective. A screen shot of one view of Larch is posted below, now all we have to do is wait for the rest of the ski area to be included…

A Google Earth view of the Larch area at Lake Louise.

A Google Earth view of the Larch area at Lake Louise.

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