Seven Day Summer Itinerary - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta

Seven Day Summer Itinerary

  • Activity Tour - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 1

Have you ever wanted to walk into a postcard? This is your chance! Stroll into the picture perfect image of the Lake Louise shoreline walk. Once at the end of the lake you may spot rock climbers, ground squirrels, marmots or even spot a mountain goat high on the sheer cliffs of Mt. Fairview. This walk is suitable for all ages and abilities.  See the Concierge for a Trails Map and History brochure before you start your walk. Distance: 4km/ 2.4mi 1.5-hours round trip.

Experience the panoramic splendour of Lake Louise! Surrounded by majestic peaks and glaciers, Lake Louise is truly a special place to experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies… and what better way to capture the spectacular view than from 1,600 feet above the valley on a Gondola tour. Once aboard you will have an approximate fourteen-minute ride up the mountain, while you enjoy hills of wild flowers, natural springs and possibly even some wildlife. Make sure to bring your camera, as you will have a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Louise and surrounding area. Enjoy various snacks and beverages at the lodge while viewing Mount Fairview, Mount Lefroy, Temple Mountain and many other mountain ranges. There is a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Lake Louise Gondola from our resort. Gondola Tours operate daily from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Day 2

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is more than a grand hotel.  Since 1890, it has played a considerable role in the colourful history of Canada's mountain west.  We continue to share the rich Heritage of this national icon with athe Mountain Adventure Program. Ask about our guided adventures, from hikes, canoe rides or scenic drives.

Swing through the doors for a footloose and fancy-free taste of the “Wild West” of yester-year.  Sit back and enjoy a cold drink, shoot a game of pool, listen to the music or get out on the dance floor, the Glacier Saloon is a great place for après-ski cocktails, casual pub meals, light snacks and of course nightcaps

Day 3

Take a spectacular drive along the Bow Valley Parkway, which runs through some of the richest wildlife habitat in the park. There is always a chance to see elk, deer, moose and bears so bring your camera as this could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Stop at Johnston Canyon where you can journey up on numerous suspended catwalks before reaching the grotto of spectacular upper waterfalls.

After a small hike at Johnston’s Canyon, continue on to the Town of Banff. Here, your opportunities are endless. Visit the Cave & Basin which is home to the sulphur rich hot springs that sparked the need for Canada’s first National Park, see the spectacular Bow Falls, take a 1.5 hike to the top of Tunnel Mountain, enjoy exquisite dining options and tour the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Day 4

Start your day off with the Sunrise Canoe Experience, arriving just before 5:30 am; guests are given coffee, tea and a muffin before heading out on Lake Louise to enjoy the spectacular sunrise.

Lake Agnes hiking trail is one of the most popular in the Banff National Park for one good reason: The first switch back lets you look down on the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. Continuing upward, you pass Mirror Lake tucked under the shear cliffs of the Big Beehive. At the Tea House you can enjoy a tasty treat and beverage all the while enjoying the breathtaking backdrop.

Day 5

Come and experience a feel of the Wild West on horseback with nothing but breathtaking scenery for the entire ride. Located on the grounds of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Brewster Stables offer a variety of horseback rides for novices to the most experienced rider.

Spend some time in a place that embodies the pleasures of a more civilized time.  Drink in the glorious view from the arched windows that face the lake. The Lakeview Lounge serves light lunches and on winter afternoons becomes the place to make a reservation for Afternoon tea, a relaxed and pleasant ritual of sandwiches, scones, sweets and polished silver.

Staying for a few days more? There's still lots to do!

Day 6

A great car tour for photographers! Begin your journey and head to Moraine Lake then cross the Great Divide to experience Yoho National Park; paddle on or take a stroll around beautiful Emerald Lake, gaze upon the amazing Takakkaw Falls and stop to see the Spiral Tunnels. Don’t forget to eat! The Truffle Pig in the town of Field is a local favourite.

Join one of the Chateau's award-winning Heritage Guides on a Discover Lake Louise tour and discover some of the Lake Louise area's unique natural and cultural wonders. 

Day 7

Enjoy one of the best day hikes out of the hotel.  The spectacular Plain of Six Glaciers hike is a loop by first walking up to Mirror Lake then traversing across the little traveled "Highline Trail".  On our way you will travel though several clearings in the dense forest caused by massive snow avalanches in the winter.  These are great places to spot pika's, marmots and the occasional mountain goat.  Suddenly you will exit the forest with a jaw dropping view of the east face of Mt Victoria soaring high above us.  After conquering the steepest climb you and your guide will arrive at the Tea House.

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