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Lake O'Hara, in Yoho National Park. This is the actual lake itself, showing the mountains towering above the blue/green water. The one on the left is Mt. Huber, and the one on the right of centre is Mount Victoria, as seen from the west. The more famous view of Mount Victoria is from the east, as it is the mountain right behind Lake Louise. While Lake Louise is a high traffic area, with hordes of tour buses and people, the Lake O'Hara region has been preserved as a wilderness area, with the number of visitors restricted to only about 100 people per day (not sure what the exact number is, but it's around that). As a consequence, this beautiful area is almost unknown, even within Canada. The reservations to visit Lake O'Hara can be make 3 months in advance, and for the busy July and August times the reservations fill up very fast. If you are in the area an you want to visit without a reservation, then don't give up, because they hold a few spaces open and only give them away 1 day before. There are also cancellations, which is how I got in. I called a few days before and they said that they had a space on August 7 because someone just cancelled. August 7 was on a holiday weekend, and probably the busiest weekend of the year, so I got very lucky.

This was taken with a wide angle at 15mm - the mountains there are huge and close, so I strongly recommend bringing your widest wide angle if you visit.

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