The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s spectacular mountain setting immediately takes your breath away—so it’s a good thing that its wellness offerings are geared towards helping guests breathe deeply, properly, and often.

Alberta’s Banff National Park is a land of legendary natural wonders, where shimmering emerald-hued lakes, majestic glaciers, and snow-capped Rockies set the stage for a wide array of adventures. Among all these splendors is another legend: the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, built over 100 years ago as a hub for skiers, hikers, canoers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, and now a world-class resort getaway for travelers of all types.

In addition to its direct access to the national park, the hotel makes fast fans out of guests with its stellar dining, engaging kids’ clubs, and upscale accommodations. In recent years, transformative wellness offerings have also helped draw a regular crowd of international travelers, who come in search of much-needed relaxation and balance—and leave with a newfound sense of self. 

 At the heart of the wellness programming is the outdoors. Each season, the hotel creates an activity guide that helps connect guests to the destination, featuring experiences ranging from skiing, ice skating, and horseback riding to exploring on foot with one of the in-house Expert Naturalists as part of the Mountain Adventure Guide Program.

The health club, meanwhile, helps you get the blood pumping indoors, with a fitness center stocked with an array of weight, cardio, and yoga equipment, and a schedule of instructor-led classes like Boot Camp and Deep Stretch. Afterwards, head to the whirlpool or steam room for some well-earned R&R.

Given Fairmont’s brand-wide commitment to sustainability and wellness, the spa is also core to the Lake Louise experience. As a nod to the setting, the menu of 20-plus services focuses on treatments designed to soothe over-exerted muscles and nourish skin affected by the elements. During the Hiker’s Foot Therapy, for example, therapists employ an invigorating scrub to boost circulation, before working away knots from sore feet and tight shins and calves. There are also plenty of services bestowing pure indulgence, from aromatherapy soaks to the targeted Stress Release Face and Scalp Treatment.

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A few years ago, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise introduced a program of year-round wellness retreats to complement its spa offerings and give guests truly engaging, transformative experiences to help them rediscover their centers and leave renewed in body, mind, and soul. The retreats have been so popular that the hotel recently expanded the program, adding holistic programs focusing specifically on fostering mindfulness and balance.

The retreats are led by noted experts in fields like yoga, stress management, creativity counseling, meditation, and life coaching, who arm guests with useful skills and techniques they can integrate into their lives back home. Ranging from two- to four-nights, the packages also include satisfying and healthy cuisine, daily yoga sessions, deluxe accommodations, and plenty of free time to explore the extraordinary resort—and its breathtaking location.