A truly Canadian experience, one that I have had to the fortune to enjoy throughout my life, is visiting and witnessing the beauty and calm that is Lake Louise in Alberta. My family and I have traveled there on many occasions, at any time of the year, to relax, spend time together, and be a part of one of the most majestic places in North America.
Located in the heart of Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we always stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, and regarded for its luxurious offerings and beautiful views.
Still, it is more than simply a grand luxury hotel – it is one of the oldest. Since 1890, it has played a considerable role in the colourful history of Canada’s mountain West.
It began as a hotel for the outdoor adventurer and alpinist, in a place understood to the be the birthplace of Canadian mountaineering. Over the years and decades, this lake in the Rockies has become one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. The Mountain Heritage Program has cataloged and demonstrated how what was once a simply hotel became an icon of Canadian identity for more than 100 years.
As mentioned, the hotel and the surrounding area is great to visit any time of year. In summer, the National Park offers activities such as hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and rafting. During the winter, you can experience a wonderland of exhilarating recreation including world-class downhill skiing, heli-tours, snow-mobiling, cross country skiing, ice skating and horse drawn sleigh rides.
After spending an adventurous day, my family and I always gather to enjoy a memorable dining experience in one of the eight restaurants at the hotel; there is truly something for everyone. From an intimate wine bar to fine dining in the shadow of a glacier, there are plenty of unique dishes and cocktails to discover.
The attentive service of Fairmont Gold features private check-in, concierge service and access to the exclusive Gold Lounge, complete with complimentary breakfast, evening canapés and honour bar. Like the food, the amenities and opportunities feature something for everyone, whether you need an après adventure treatment or just some time to recharge, spa. There too are also special Sunday brunches, afternoon tea and long-weekend festivities that are but a few of the events that occur regularly.
The views are truly something that has to be experienced in person, and there is no better spot to enjoy them from and from which to start exploring the magnificent Canadian Rockies than from Chateau Lake Louise.