It's one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, and it shines even on a snowy day.

I'm gushing about Lake Louise, a gem within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, a 90 minute or so drive from Calgary. Last week I was in Banff to attend a meeting for the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef. I wrapped up early, which worked well for me as I had not been to this area in years, and wanted to treat myself to a trip and see Lake Louise.

Only an early snow storm hit the region, so I doubted the wisdom of driving in the snow. But the conference center's staff assured me the roads would be fine, and they were. After all, I was in Canada, our civilized neighbor to the north.

The drive was easy. And the setting was sublime. Lake Louise is a favorite destination as people from around the world gaze at its sapphire-colored water, which reminds many of the Caribbean or South Pacific. Particles from rock that trickle within melted glacier water give Lake Louise its magical luster.

Even on that snowy day, Lake Louise shined with awe-inspiring beauty. So no matter when you travel to the Calgary area, don't miss out on this special place. It is one of many reasons why Banff is one of the happiest places on earth.

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A Christmas card view

Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, Canada, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Travel, Leon Kaye

The lakeshore on a blustery day

Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, Canada, Alberta, Banff, Lake Louise, Travel, Leon Kaye

Dust from the area's rocks give Lake Louise its glow

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Happy snowy trails

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Even in show, the sapphire color shines

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About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.