Right now, I am sitting in an armchair, feet up, looking out over the majestic Lake Louise. Everywhere is still snow covered, the lake is frozen and the glacier is also still frozen. There is a steady drip from the window outside, an icicle is melting and if I look down, I can see a sleigh ride ready to leave, skaters out on the lake skating rink and a couple of people hitting pucks on a mapped out ice-hockey field. It is truly a fairytale image, the sort you see in travel brochures or picture books.
We are so excited to be staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and splurged to ensure we had a Lake View room, and it is worth every cent. For over twenty years I have sent clients to this magical place and every single one has raved that this was one of the highlights of their Canadian Rockie’s adventure, and as I gaze out of the window, I can more than understand why.
The Chateau Lake Louise may be a hotel, but it is also the main stop for all tourists coming to the area. It is a striking Castle-like hotel, exclusively positioned right on the lake and home to a number of restaurants and bars with stunning views of the lake, a health and fitness centre (offering pool, hot tub, steam room, yoga and fitness sessions as well as an impressive gym), luxury spa, and a variety of shops. It also has numerous activities available for all to enjoy such as sleigh rides, snow sports and adventures which include a popular ski mountain, campfire activities and kids activities too.
Lake Louise is secluded and a special little part of Canada that is a must stop if travelling through the Rockies. Outside of the winter months, take in the numerous and extensive hikes on offer, which suit all levels of experience. Most activities stem or commence from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as it has prime location to everything on offer. The Lake Louise village itself is tiny, the highlight being an Old Heritage Train Station Restaurant (although this is open seasonally).
The whole Canadian Rockies area has two distinct seasons, an extended Winter season of skiing and snow adventures (check out nearby Sunshine as well as Lake Louise), and a short Summer, which is actually when the tourists really flock in to enjoy the National Parks, lakes, forests and to try their hand at wildlife spotting.
I must go now, a glass of wine is waiting for me to enjoy whilst savouring my view, but do make sure you treat yourself to a night of indulgence if you are venturing out to Lake Louise!