It’s true that as the snow blankets down, the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains becomes a picture postcard of smiling skiers and snowboarders and glittering peaks.

But when the afternoon light begins to soften in the western sky, a whole new world awakens at the fairytale castle that is Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Winter doesn’t sleep when the sun sets.

Relax and Recharge

Located in Banff National Park, about two hours from the international airport at Calgary, Alberta, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers a bevy of ways to relax and recharge — from night-owl snowshoeing beneath the stars, to crackling campfires in the forest, to cups of hot chocolate at the ice bar in between spins round the natural skating rink.

What about wellness in winter?

Me Time

When it’s time to hit the reset button, with a backdrop of clean air and sparkling snowflakes Lake Louise offers the ideal locale for “me time”. Choose from a variety of daily and weekly wellness options – take a yoga, stretching or meditation class or perhaps join one of several multiday wellness retreats led by yoga masters and leading creativity coaches, mind-body medical doctors and award-winning wellness authors.

Every moment will help de-stress and restore balance, delivering a getaway with lasting benefits.

There’s always time for après

So much better at 5,200 feet

In the mountains, après-ing happens whenever you’re ready, and long into the starry night. Over afternoon tea, a glass of wine or tantalizing cocktails, spectacular views of snow-covered Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier glisten through great arched windows of the elegant Lakeview Lounge. New among the hotel’s many fabulous restaurants, the latest hot destination is Alpine Social, where mountain adventures and chitchat are inspired by the glory days of Canadian mountaineering. Craft beers and a fabulous wine selection enhance locally sourced, alpine-inspired food — and it all tastes so much better at 5,200 feet.

No matter how you choose to recharge, reset or relax, the luxurious accommodations elevate the moment – from pillow menus and fluffy king beds to the crisp, clean mountain air for which Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned – at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, après is only the beginning.