Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta is probably one of the most chosen scenes to represent the Canadian Rockies. On one end of the deep blue-green lake is a view of the Victoria Glacier amid mountain peaks, and at the other end, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Chateau was originally a much smaller cabin when it was built in 1885 with the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. It was expanded in the early 1900’s and became one of several prestigious CPR hotels along the Canadian National rail line.
Initially considered a summer resort for hiking and mountain climbing, Lake Louise expanded into a winter sport destination in the 1970’s.
The hotel had expanded again since my last visit and I was looking forward to finally having an opportunity to eat at the The Fairview Restaurant. Reservations are required, and there was no availability. Instead we sat in the Lakeview Lounge and took advantage of their evening tapas menu. The food was exceptional, plus it was fun to try from each other’s plates. We were more than full by the end of the tasting. Prices for the tapas started in the teens which was well worth the stunning view through large arched windows. The patio would also be a beautiful place to sit, weather permitting.
Canoe rentals are available for cruising the lake, and a walking trail follows the lakeshore. Lake Louise is a must see location in the Rockies and I hope one day to have time to stay in the Chateau to explore the areas hiking trails further.