My family and I had such an amazing time a few weeks ago in Alberta Canada and today I'm sharing a bit more what we did each day.
We had lunch at the hotel's Lakeview Lounge which was seated next to large windows so there was no shortage of snowy views! We then bundled up for a horse-drawn sleigh ride with hot cocoa. This was our first chance to see the trails on the outer parts of the lake and it was very serene, I've never been in that much fresh snow before.
I went back to the hotel for a hot bath, one of the coolest things about Fairmont hotels is the use of Le Labo Rose 31 scent (which was created exclusively for the hotel chain) for the shampoo, conditioner, soap, and bath salt provided in our rooms, which made my bath extra nice!
Later that evening we had dinner at The Wallister Stube for Swiss Fondue and ate sooo much- the cheese portion was too delish to stop. You may have noticed from my Snapchats that week that one of my favorite people (and fellow blogger) was also there too!
Being in good company and sitting awhile at the table, we ended up eating more than our share plus made room for dessert. The restaurant was hidden a bit upstairs and made for a great evening setting with the dim lights.
We enjoyed breakfast at the Poppy Brasserie before being transferred to the Lake Louise Ski Resort. The gondola ride was so beautiful heading to the top of the mountain and freezing of course, but well worth it.
We hung out there for a bit just because the views were beyond breathtaking, at one point we were near the edge with just mountain tops all around us (and warning signs for avalanches).
Side note: My phone kept shutting off the first day from the cold temperatures and our guide told me to stick a toe warmer to the back of it to keep it functioning… I looked pretty ridiculous with it stuck to my phone all week but it worked so well and my phone never struggled the rest of the time. #insidertip
We had a sushi lunch at a brand new sushi restaurant in the ski lodge, Kuma Yama– very modern and not what I would expect to be at a mountain ski lodge… it felt like a place I would eat at in LA.
Later in the afternoon we went dog sledding and this was maybe one of my favorite activities of the trip (although it's hard to choose). The dogs couldn't wait to run and right when we got loaded into the sled they were barking like crazy just so excited to take off.
Once we got moving, they were dead silent and it was the most peaceful experience… felt a bit like Narnia going through the trails (not that I've actually been to Narnia, but you get the point). We sledded to the Great Divide and got out to stretch our feet and to try to get the blood moving- again the dogs were barking like crazy because they wanted to keep going. Definitely recommend this experience!
We woke up early that day to get a tour of the property with our guide and took time to enjoy ice skating during the day before leaving for our next hotel, Fairmont Banff Springs.
The hotel is nicknamed “Castle in the Rockies” and the whole vibe felt like were were in a castle inside and out, it was truly gorgeous.
This day we knew we were going to be colder than ever… we were headed to Sunshine Village for a snowshoeing adventure. After the gondola and ski lift ride, we were literally above the clouds with fresh powder all around, so peaceful.
After we trekked around in the snow for a bit we made our way back down the lift to the Chimney Corner at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge to enjoy a warm mug of German mulled wine (see my snap story below for how the sugar was burning on top, I need to learn how to make that at home).
For lunch we drove into the cute downtown area of Banff and ate at Park Distillery, the food were on point.
Overall we had a great time experiencing a true winter wonderland, it really got us in the spirit of the season! We may need to make a visit to Banff during the summer as well… I hear the lake is turquoise.
A special thank you to Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs and Roots Canada for hosting such an amazing trip!
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