The Winter Wonderland of Lake Louise: A Short Guide to the Beauty of Banff National Park

It’s official. Banff National Park is a bucket-list beauty, selected as one of 21 places you need to visit in 2017. Of course, the folks at National Geographic Traveler aren’t the first to recognize the natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness and sparkling mountainscape of Canada’s first national park have been a world favorite for more than a century.

Look up, way up.

You’ve seen it in the pictures. It’s time to wake up beside glittering Lake Louise, deep in the heart of Banff National Park. The majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise occupies pole position, supplying iconic views onto soaring mountain peaks, the grand Victoria Glacier and the most famous lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Head for the great outdoors.

Adventure calls and Lake Louise answers with experiences for all. Hook up with Fairmont’s Winter Mountain Adventure program led by award winning naturalists and friendly, experienced mountain guides. With so many things to do in this winter wonderland, here’s just a taste of what’s on offer:

Snowshoe through silent woods.
Great guides with all the gear and are ready to show the way and offer insights into signs – from footprints to nibble marks — of the beautiful creatures that inhabit this world of tall pines and snowy peaks. For the ultimate romantic outing, join a nighttime trek under a sea of sparkling stars.

Glide into adventure on cross-country skis
Ski along immaculately groomed lakeside trails. Improve your technique with a guide and surround yourself with Lake Louise’s awesome peak-ringed landscape.

Lake Louise
Hike to magical frozen icefalls and ice skate on frozen Lake Louise amid an icy world of glittering snow sculptures and cups of steamy hot chocolate.

Ride up, slide down.
Just 10 minutes from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise by complimentary shuttle, world-famous Lake Louise Ski Resort serves up more than 4,200 skiable acres and 139 named runs and famed powdery back bowls. There’s variety and fun for all levels: in fact, every chair lift has both an easy and a more difficult way down. The peaky panorama over the wilds of Banff National Park is truly unbeatable.

Nestle down in the lap of luxury.

And of course – first, last and in between too — nestle down in the lap of luxury. Celebrate all that’s great about luxurious living by coming home to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Lie back in the warmth of a bubbly whirlpool, recline on a massage table, wine and dine in splendor amidst a wide choice of restaurants, and sink into a cloud of fluffy pillows at the end of each beautiful Rocky Mountain day. Sleep deep and long. Tomorrow’s another winter wonderland adventure.

Explore all available activities and create your own mountain adventure the “Winter Mountain Adventure package.