Hotels, Ski & Spa

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

May 9, 2012 by

Taking an outdoor adventure vacation doesn’t always mean staying in tents and cooking over a campfire. Housed in Banff National Park, on the eastern shores of the emerald waters of Lake Louise, is an oasis of luxury.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was built in the heyday of train travel by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The goal was to attract wealthy travelers to Canada’s west with opulence, elegance, and of course, killer views of the lake.

It succeeded, and people continued to visit long after the era of train travel was over. Nowadays, the Chateau is a hotspot for nature-lovers, luxury travelers, and wedding parties.

Interiors are a mix of rustic and European, giving the place an elegant-yet-comfortable vibe. Thinking of booking? Be sure to specify a room in the middle wing for the best views of the lake.

Travelers lacking the cash for an overnight stay can still get a dose of luxury by visiting the Chateau’s Lakeview Lounge for afternoon tea. Enjoy this local tradition while gazing out at the lake through Palladian windows while noshing on smoked salmon sandwiches and scones served with clotted cream.

Looking to get out and explore more of the Canadian Rockies? Lake Louise is famous for its hiking, fishing and whitewater rafting. And with over 4200 skiable acres, it is also home to one of the largest ski areas in North America.

photo credits: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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