Photo courtesy of Paul Zizka/Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Lake Louise is the most visited spot in the Canadian Rockies, so be prepared to do battle with tourists—but this magnificent landscape is worth the fight. The lake's color shifts from a cloudy turquoise to a crystal-clear emerald green depending on the day's sunlight. This effect, in combination with the reflection of snowcapped Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria, makes for a breathtakingly symmetrical scene. Be sure to wander the easy paved path running along one side of the lake to take in the view from every possible angle.