Lake Louise Journals

Lake Louise: Emerald of the Canadian Rockies

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A travel journal to Lake Louise by jj2

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Lake Louise is a magical place where even the colors are more intense. In addition to breath-taking scenery and outdoor activities, it offers excellent dining and memorable accommodations. This journal concentrates on ski season with reviews of two nearby areas.

Lake Louise: Emerald of the Canadian Rockies

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Overview

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Emerald/turquoise water, soaring mountains, glaciers, tall trees and mountain air-and all from the comforts of a five star hotel- await the visitor to Lake Louise. It is the home of the world famous Chateau Lake Louise, a resort built to entice tourists to travel the Canadian Pacific Railroad through the Canadian Rockies. The hotel sits at the foot of the lake and captures the view from many of its public spaces as well as the guest rooms. Even if you elect to stay at another property, a visit to the Chateau for a meal or just to see the lake from the Lobby Bar will be well worthwhile. The hotel is not alone. In addition to the nearby Lake Louise Ski area, Lake Louise is also home t...Read More

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Hotel | "Chateau Lake Louise"

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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As you round the last corner of the winding approach to the hotel, the chateau suddenly fills the view…a midrise building with Swiss details. You step into a large lobby framed with graceful archways, a grand staircase on your right that leads to a gallery and an opening on your left that ultimately leads to the Lobby Bar. While the stairs are impressive, it is the huge crystal clear window in the bar that will draw you like a magnate. It looks out over the full length of the lake to the glacier and mountains that feed it. In the winter, it offers a snowy vista with Nordic skiers on the frozen lake. In summer, the emerald/turquoise water is surreal (the color is due to minerals in the melting gla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise, Alberta T0L1E0
(403) 522-3511

Walliser Stube

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Restaurant

Walliser Stube Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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The Walliser Stube is one of the premium restaurants in the Chateau Lake Louise serving Swiss Alpine cuisine. You enter through a narrow, richly paneled bar area that leads to two principal seating areas. The paneling, furniture and unusual wine library are all crafted from solid cherry. These dark and atmospheric rooms blend a feeling of a baronial European hunting lodge with elegantly appointed fine dining. The second seating area also offers views on the lake side of the hotel. The menu echoes the European hunting lodge motif by highlighting changing game dishes along with Swiss favorites such as fondue and cheese raclette. An extensive wine list and knowledgeable servers ensure...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Walliser Stube
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise, Alberta TOL 1EO
403/522-3791

Lake Louise Hostelling International-Canadian Alpine Centre At L

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Attraction | "Lake Louse Ski Area"

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A short bus ride from the Chateau will whisk you to the slopes of the Lake Louise Ski Area, one of the premiere ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies. Buses to and from the hotel are frequent and operate on a first come-first serve basis, just take care not to miss the last one out! This full service ski area boasts a 3250 foot vertical rise topping out at 8650 feet and an extensive base complex with multiple dining options, equipment rentals, ski lessons and pro shops. Looking up from the decks at the base, you see a variety of trails; however, you are only looking at a small portion of the ski area. It extends much further up and back and provides opportunities for skiers of all abilities in its 4...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Lake Louise Hostelling International-Canadian Alpine Centre At L
203 Village Road
Lake Louise, Alberta
(403) 522-2200

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village

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Attraction | "Sunshine"

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Sunshine contrasted in many ways with Lake Louise. While Lake Louise was easily accessible, Sunshine is a longer drive and, once you have arrived, a long gondola ride from the parking area. Just getting there requires a much greater investment in time, so get an early start. Lake Louise’s three major areas are close and easily accessed from each other. Sunshine also has three main areas, Goat’s Eye Mountain, Mt. Standish and Lookout Mountain. Mt. Standish and Lookout both connect to the village area, but Goat’s Eye is farther away. While it is interconnected by skiable trails to the village, the distance makes it a strategic decision to change areas (you can also exit the main gondola midway to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Lake Louise Banff - Sunshine Village
225 Banff Avenue
Lake Louise, Alberta
403-762-4561

Columbia Ice Field Tour

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Snocoach Photo, Lake Louise, Alberta
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The Columbia Ice Fields are a great day trip from Lake Louise. You can make the round trip in 6-7 hours (driving time to the glacier is roughly 1.5 hours). This is one of the few places in the world that you can safely journey to the middle of a glacier and walk around. You begin the tour at the visitor center. It is wise to check the snocoach schedules before you leave or when you first arrive, that way you can tour the visitor center at the correct pace. It is enjoyable and educational, providing a context for the history, nature and geography of the Canadian glaciers. When your scheduled snocoach trip is ready, you report to the parking lot for boarding. These are not your average buses. Ea...Read More