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Jeff Douglas ~ Heritage Guide
Born and raised next to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia, Jeff has been passionate about the outdoors for as long as he can remember. A Lake Louise local for seven years, Jeff is an avid adventurer who enjoys hiking, mountaineering, backcountry snowboarding and white water canoeing.
A rather easy hike that is straight out the front doors of the Chateau that will leave the crowds behind. After gaining the pass the summits of both Fairview Mountain and Saddleback Mountain lay out their welcome mats for those willing to push themselves. For those who have had enough, a little exploring around the South slopes of Saddleback Mountain will reveal some magnificent views of the north face of Mount Temple.
Starting along the shores of Moraine Lake, this is one of my favorite hikes to guide. After gaining the switch backs you walk along some beautiful high alpine flowers and Larch trees overlooking the beautiful Valley of the Ten Peaks while passing by Eiffel Lake and finally ascending the pass itself. Welcome to British Columbia! You are now standing on the Continental Divide!
Iceline Trail (Yoho National Park)
One of the more rewarding hikes in the mountain Parks that suits those looking for a little more physical exertion. The day begins at Canada’s second highest waterfall Takakkaw Falls, which is worth the trip itself. You will walk among Larch trees, while staring at glaciers all the while planning your next trip to return.
Huber Ledges, Yukness Ledges and the All Souls Prospect trails (Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park)
Hands down one of the most beautiful hikes I have seen in the world! Not only is this a demanding hike but it requires pre trip planning to get access into Lake O’Hara for which Parks Canada controls exclusively. Whether you do one of the trails or link two or maybe all three together (in a very long day), this will be one of the most jaw droppingly beautiful hikes you can find on our continent. You can hold me to it.
Evan Hounsell ~ Chef Concierge
Evan was born in Toronto and has been in Lake Louise for over four years. His passion for adventure and new experiences has enabled him to further his vast repertoire of knowledge as the Chef Concierge for The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Viewing Takkakaw Falls
Walking the short trail to Takkakaw Falls, you can hear the roar of the falls before you even see them. Takkakaw is derived from the Cree word "it is magnificent" and the name sure fits the view. The awesome power of the water falling over the 384m cliff shows you just how small you are. The road to the falls opens in late June and closes for the year usually in October after the first heavy snowfall.
White Water Rafting
Looking for something different? Experience the thrills and white water of the Kicking Horse River! The experienced and charismatic guides take you on the ride of a lifetime. Be prepared for lots of action as you paddle through the rapids with rushing water coming at you from all angles - it's an adenaline rush for sure! Well organized and fully equipped, these are trip for all ages. Getting wet is not optional - it's a compulsory rite of passage.
Hike the Big Beehive
Enjoy this full day hike in the mountains, past Lake Agnes, to one of the best vantage points in the area. This trail is well marked and traveled, which makes it a great option for the beginner/intermediate hiker. On your way, be sure to stop at the Lake Agnes Tea House before you travel to the old fire lookout station located on the Big Beehive.
Banff ATV Tours
Choose this exciting option to get a thrill and conquer lots of mountain terrain. It can get messy as you travel through streams and mud, but that is half the fun! Near the end of the tour you will reach Wapta Falls, which is beautiful to visit as a day trip. If you're ready to push your limits, this activity is for you.
Telma Marques ~ Concierge
Telma was born in Portugal and raised in Toronto, Canada and has been living in Lake Louise for 2 years. Telma’s passion for service in the mountains has led her to appreciate the great outdoors.
Relaxing and quiet, is what you will experience during the sunrise canoe on Lake Louise. Wake up extra early to catch that picture perfect beautiful sunrise over the mountains while canoeing on a very still lake. The advantage of waking up early is not only that beautiful sunrise but also the feeling of serenity.
A drive up the 93 North Icefields Parkway
Described as one of the most scenic drives in all of North America, this drive will definitely leave you in awe. There are many great places to stop along the way whether you are travelling up to Jasper or just up to the Columbia Icefields. One of my many favorite stops along the way is definitely Peyto Lake. During the summer months, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake which give the lake a bright turquoise color. Absolutely beautiful!
Only a thirty minute drive from our hotel, Johnston Canyon is not to be missed. There are a series of catwalks anchored to the walls of the Canyon and viewpoints above the river and falls. This leisurely hike is possible for any age and will not disappoint. Opened all year round this canyon can be enjoyed any time of the year.
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