A Wintery Wonderland at Lake Louise
I grew up in Massachusetts, but now call Orlando my home. I’ve had my fair share of snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures – that’s what helped convince me to move to Florida. The only time I miss the snow is around Christmas. But come January 2nd, I’m ready for the beach. So, when I learned I was traveling to Canada in the winter I was not looking forward to the runny noses, chapped lips and layers of clothing that come with the cold weather.
But all that changed when I made a trip to Lake Louise. Located in Banff National Park, a 2-hour drive northwest of Calgary, Lake Louise is a breathtaking retreat nestled amongst the Canadian Rockies. To get there, you need to take Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s a beautiful drive through the flat plains and rolling hills that – almost immediately – disappear as the mountains emerge from the ground.
The park does have a small entrance fee. A small price to pay to marvel at the wonders of Mother Nature. But the fee and the drive are well worth it once you arrive at the lake. See for yourself in this YouTube video.
Sorry about the nose goblin during the intro!
The hotel you saw was the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. In the winter, you can rent skates, skies and snowshoes while in the summer, you’re provided with virtually every outdoor activity available on a lake in in the mountains. It’s the perfect getaway – for those that can afford it.
If the lavish lifestyle is out of your budget, the nearby town of Banff has plenty of accommodations for all budgets available. A quaint shopping district and delicious restaurants make it a favorite weekend retreat all year round. A return visit is a must during the summer to appreciate the sparkling blue/green water.
Lake Louise was absolutely stunning. You can view more photos of my visit on my facebook fan page here.
What’s you’re favorite winter activity? Share by commenting below.
I’ll see you out there!