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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: an inspiring and timeless hotel

Way up north in the Canadian province of Alberta lies one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in North America.

Residing majestically on the shore of the small but stunningly picturesque Lake Louise, and surrounded by stately mountain peaks, is Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Lake Louise, the small lake where the hotel sits, is one of the most photographed in the world, partly perhaps because of the unique color of the water—caused by the rock flour carried into it from the nearby glaciers.

Set in a valley and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies and nearby glaciers, it is a hikers and skiers dream.

Originally built at the turn of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway in an effort to entice Canadians to travel, this grand property has grown from a one-story log cabin—then called Chalet Lake Louise—into the extensive and sophisticated hotel that exists today.

It’s the perfect combination of impressive natural beauty, elegant manmade structures, and superlative service that blend together seamlessly.

The hotel has survived much ado over the years—including two historic fires and the design input of four different architects.

Yet despite these travails, Chateau Lake Louise presents an ornate, composed façade, inviting visitors from all over the world to enter and enjoy its many delightful amenities—from first-class restaurants, to stylish public spaces, to a full-service spa.

More than 500 hotel rooms, many with jaw-dropping views of Lake Louise or the surrounding mountains, feature thoroughly modern furnishings, luxury linens, and a long list of amenities guaranteed to ensure every guest a relaxing and memorable visit.

Dining experiences range from relaxed and casual, to special-occasion formal—including an iconic afternoon high-tea served overlooking Lake Louise.

The hotel staff takes great pride in offering four seasons of thrilling activities for guests to experience—from hiking, mountaineering, and canoeing in summer, to skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides (and more) in winter. Whatever your fitness level or desired experience, there is plenty of opportunities to choose from.

Join Orbridge on Canadian Rockies Parks and Resorts, which features this iconic property.