Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Old School X-C Skiing in Lake Louise
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Hand-Painted Doors at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Sunrise Canoe Trip on Lake Louise
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Old School X-C Skiing in Lake Louise
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Hand-Painted Doors at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Sunrise Canoe Trip on Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
One of Canada’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is cradled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and fully immersed in the protected pristine wilderness of Banff National Park. In the distance, the hotel looks like a grand castle. Originally founded in 1890 by Cornelius Van Horne—the general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, who famously declared, “If we can’t export the scenery, we’ll import the tourists”—the hotel helped kick-start tourism in the Canadian Rockies. Today, guests arrive to a grand lobby with imposing chandeliers and sweeping staircases. Common areas are decorated with old-timey photos from the hotel’s past, while spacious rooms are all about showcasing the stunning turquoise lake and snowcapped mountain views.
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Neighborhood Vibe
Lake Louise lies in the heart of Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site recognized for its responsible tourism. Take a trip back in time at the Lake Louise Railway Station to see where modern tourism in Canada began thanks to the railways. During the summer, get out on the water. Experiencing the morning light over the intense green water is a wow moment, so rise early and book a sunrise paddle.
Need to Know
Rooms: 460 rooms, 90 suites. From $299.
Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: Guests can choose from five on-site restaurants, including the famous Walliser Stube with its traditional Swiss fondue. The restaurant honors the history of the Swiss guides who came via the Canadian Pacific Railway to found the birthplace of Canadian mountaineering. The Glacier saloon offers casual bites such as wings, nachos, and wild game. Sip craft cocktails in the Lakeview Lounge with its huge windows overlooking the terrace and lake.
Spa and gym details: The first-floor gym is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with whirlpool, steam room, heated indoor pool, and fitness center. The spa offers Kerstin Florian treatments and has an Aveda hair salon.
Insider Tips
Who’s it for: Outdoor enthusiasts, fans of mild to moderate adventure, and families.
Our favorite rooms: Room 505, a deluxe lake-view room, has a Juliet balcony overlooking the terrace and grounds of the chateau, with vast unspoiled views of the lake and glaciers. The Belvedere suite on the eighth floor is tucked away in the top corner of the hotel on two levels, with a spiral staircase and two huge balconies. These floors are part of the Fairmont Gold level and offer exclusive services and amenities, such as snacks served throughout the day, plus a dedicated concierge.
Cozy perch: Curl up in one of the reading nooks by the Painter Wing, which dates back to 1913 and allows perfect views of the grounds and lake.
Old School X-C Skiing in Lake Louise
One of the most picturesque places to explore by x-c ski is Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is set right on the lake and has its own ski rental shop as well as in-house guides who give lessons as well as offer x-c ski tours around the lake and up in the trails of Banff National Park. Our guide Bruce was a real character, straight out of a Swiss mountain village (though really from the nearby town of Field). He looked at our "modern" x-c skis and then showed us the hotel's vintage collection of 1970s Norwegian x-c skis that are made from hickory wood. They were real beauties and worked just as well as our plastic versions so we swapped the new for the old and set off on newly-groomed tracks across Lake Louise. Bruce took us on a two-hour tour to the back of the lake. I'm not a downhill skier so I tend to get nervous on skis, but he had me gliding down "dipsy doodles" as he liked to call the downhills, in no time at all. Bruce paused along the way to point out critters like a red squirrel and the tracks of a hare imprinted in the snow. At the end of the trail we came to a frozen waterfall glowing an ethereal crystal blue color. We didn't see another person out on the trails. It was a magical way to explore the park.
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect base for winter family adventures. An in-house gear shop can outfit guests with hockey equipment or ice skates, and the lake’s ice castle provides an Instagram-worthy backdrop for photos. The hotel’s on-site activity outfitter, Mountain Heritage, leads guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours straight from the back door. On the edge of the lake, a small shed showcases a collection of vintage European skis and snowshoes that are available to rent. In the evenings, guests can get a taste of Switzerland with an authentic Swiss fondue dinner at Walliser Stube restaurant. From $266. This appeared in the November/ December 2014 issue.
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Hand-Painted Doors at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
There are lots of reasons to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the most important being, well, Lake Louise. The hotel is right next to it. There's also the variety of taxidermied animal heads hanging on the walls in the lobby—musk ox, bison, elk. But one detail that might not get much notice is this: In one section of the hotel, all the room doors have designs that were hand-painted by a long-term guest of the hotel way back when. Nice touch.
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Photographs of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the summer, when it presides over the turquoise blue lake, may be more familiar, but the hotel has a different magic to it in the winter. The portion of the frozen lake alongside the hotel becomes an ice-skating rink, and cross-country ski trails run along the lake's edges. The hotel's spiked hot chocolate drinks can be ordered year-round at the lobby Lakeview Lounge, but we think they must taste better when enjoyed with a snowy view out the windows. Other features of the hotel are excellent regardless of the season: the elegant Fairview restaurant, the more casual Lago Italian Kitchen, and the generous and delicious breakfast spread at the Poppy Brasserie. If you are only going to stay once at this iconic property, one of the classic Canadian Pacific hotels that helped open the country to travelers, consider paying the higher rate for a lakeview room. John Newton traveled on Collette’s Canada’s Winter Wonderland tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on John’s journey, visit the USTOA blog..
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Chateau Lake Louise
March 8th, 2011 Lake Louise is a great big mountain ski destination. Many people drop off and stay in Banff. because there is no night life in Lake Louise. I'm not even certain that there is a town. But there are a few good lodging options and the 3000+ vertical awaits just across the valley floor. If you can swing it, you cannot beat the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as far as scenery, dining and things to do.
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Sunrise Canoe Trip on Lake Louise
A sunrise paddle on Lake Louise is a once in a lifetime experience. It is an early start to the day, but well worth it. The canoe trip is a popular activity during the summer months so contact the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise concierge well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada