7 Lakeside Vacations: Lake Louise

Savor the views as you mosey along on horseback.
A one bedroom suite at The Fairmont.
Wild decor inspired by the woodsy surroundings.

Lake Louise

Canadian backcountry in Banff National Park.


By Becca Hensley
Like a mirror, this turquoise lake reflects the towering pine trees and mountains that surround it. A pristine retreat in Alberta’s Rockies, the area earns its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Experience
It takes commitment to make the trek here. Though far-flung, the lake can still be reached by train as it was in the Victorian era, when well-heeled travelers first christened the region a vacation wonderland, popular for its hot springs. In winter, tour the area aboard a horse-drawn sleigh—warmed by a buffalo robe and with hot chocolate in hand, of course—or swirl across the nature-made ice rink on skates. Summertime transforms the spot into a splashy playground: Bike or hike the lakeshore trail, which puts you face-to-face with Victoria Glacier, a vista so beautiful that it’s impossible to take a bad photo of it.
Did you know?
At 5,033 feet, Lake Louise village (just minutes from The Fairmont) is the highest community in Canada.
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, an art and history archive located in the town of Banff. 111 Bear Street.
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, June 2014.


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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.