Initially, I thought the tour had too much time at ‘The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’ considering the limited options due to the weather at this time of year. I ended up being grateful for the two nights and day and a half.
Even though it was May in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the last month of spring, snow was still everywhere and the maximum temperature during the day was 10 degrees Celsius.
I walked along the trail beside the lake which was still covered with snow, which was different but an enjoyable experience. The trail was picturesque and tranquil. The views towards the various mountains were stunning.
When not outside, the hotel had plenty of places to sit and relax while drinking a hot or cold beverage or having something to eat.
I had upgraded my room to a lake view room, which isn’t something I would normally do. It was the right decision and the view from my room over the lake and mountains was stunning. I also spent time in my room on the lounge chair next to the window with my feet up reading and watching the weather change between grey, drizzle and sunshine, all while being cosy and warm.
On the second day, I went for a walk towards the horse stables at the back of the hotel along a gravel road to have a look around and enjoy the lovely sunny day and snow covered ground. The Richardson’s ground squirrels were out now that the snow had receded from around their burrows and looked like they were also enjoying the sun.
There is a constant flow of day tourist who can access the front of the lake and the trails around the lake. There are also Parks Canada officials with information on the lake, trails and weather, which is important due to the snow and ice.
I was amazed at how many people would go onto frozen Lake Louise beyond the ‘DANGER THIN ICE’ sign!