As awestruck as I was in Banff (and thankful to don jeans verifying that cooler weather still exists in the world) I was not prepared for the splendor I’d experience in Lake Louise. Having done some research we learned taking a slightly different route from Banff to Lake Louise on Bow River Parkway adds barely any time but affords some spectacular scenery and better wildlife viewing opportunity. We did not see any wildlife but frankly the scenery was so mesmerizingly beautiful unless the animals jumped on our car I don’t think I would have noticed.
|Lake Louise from across the valley at the top of the Lake Louise Gondola. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is poised in front of the lake|
The ski lodge at the base of the Lake Louise Gondola. Indoors in the central area was a floor to ceiling river rock fireplace, perfect for a Nordic break.
|The Lake Louise ‘Gondola’ actually offers the choice of riding inside a small gondola car or on a four person chairlift. We enjoyed the outside ride in the chair with full unobstructed vistas.|
|The view from the Lakeside Lounge.|
|The aura of Lake Louise is magical and as if to prove it we came upon a man placing these small boulders on obscure axis on larger rocks. Their perfect balancing act was unbelievable and they were still in place the following morning.|
Bow River Parkway (via Instagram)