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Lake Louise was first discovered by Tom Wilson, a young surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway, who was accompanied by two Stoney Indian companions on August 21, 1882. Tom had woken to thunder in the morning and decided to investigate the location known as the Lake of Little Fishes by his native horse packer, Eddy Hunter. After several hours of trail blazing through lodge-pole pines and aspen they came upon the sight of the lake nestled at the bottom of towering mountains and glaciers above, the sight so beautiful to the young surveyor he sank to his knees at the shoreline in awe. Tom called it his “Emerald Lake” and in 1884, Dr. G. M. Dawson, head of the Geological Survery renamed Tom’s mountain jewel “Lake Louise” after Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, and wife to Marquess of Lorne, Duke of Argyll, then Governor-General of Canada.
Mount Victoria forms the backdrop of Lake Louise with a height of 3,464 m (11,365 ft), and named by J. Norman Collie in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria.
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The Canadian Rockies by Roger Patillo, Trafford Publishing, pp. 54, 60, 62-64.