Lake Louise is special pocket of the world where dreams are actualized and magic happens. This is not a bold overstatement but my own experience. It’s almost impossible to describe without resorting to expected clichés. Because Lake Louise is truly one of a kind.
The New York Times Travel named Canada the #1 country to visit in 2017, and it’s no wonder with locations like awe-inspiring Banff National Park, home to Lake Louise and the surrounding amphitheater of soaring mountains that showcase Victoria Glacier. Well-known for its traditional teahouses, winter ice-skating, and world-class hiking trails, it’s a destination on bucket lists across the globe.
Named for Queen Victoria’s otherwise anonymous fourth daughter (who also lent her name to the province), the pristine gorgeous Lake Louise is an Instagram-worthy hot spot. Aiding in the magic of the area is the only accommodation on the lake, the immaculate Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel, an ideal place to stay to extend your Lake Louise experience.
For wellness warriors looking for the next self-care infused getaway, here’s a list of why you should add Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to your wellness wonderland bucket list:
Visit One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth
Location is everything. The gorgeous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.
World-Class Wellness Retreats
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is committed to all levels of wellness. They have an extensive calendar of wellness retreats scheduled throughout the entire year to help you become your best self. With 12+ retreats annually working with industry leaders, incredible facilitators, bestselling authors, and health and wellness experts, there is a retreat for everyone: creative writing, yoga, meditation, self-love, mindful eating, spirit medicine, and more. To see upcoming retreats and RSVP for 2018, visit here lakelouisewellness.com
Focused on Greater Good
The Fairmont Chatea Lake Louise recognizes the privilege of its pristine location and they are committed to a multitude of sustainability initiatives. Namely, recycling all of the wine corks from its delicious menus and turning them into yoga blocks for guests’ daily practices. The yoga classes are included in most of the wellness retreats, and guests can use them in the fitness center that is open 24 hours. Some current initiatives that are top priority: replacing the 20,000 CFL light bulbs with Energy Star-certified LED light bulbs in the entire hotel. The expected electricity savings is projected to be up to 20 percent. They are also committed to reduction in CO2 emissions of 20 percent as well replacement of conventional shower heads with low flow, Water Sense-certified shower heads. The expected water savings will be an additional 5 percent.
Spa for Instant Ahhhhhh
The Spa at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a boutique spa located on the lower level, a tranquil oasis to rejuvenate you during your stay. Relax with more than 20 treatments and services. Try the foot massage or a luxurious body scrub and facial. All the treatments are designed to soothe your mind and body. Plan your visit after a day of mountain adventure or wellness retreating, and emerge feeling refreshed and ready to embrace whole body wellness.
Organic Food Options
The culinary team at the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts recognizes your health and well-being as a top priority. They include organic local produce when possible, and their kitchen has eliminated trans fat from all the dishes. They also do their best to accommodate specialized diets and food sensitivities. They avoid fish that are endangered or threatened due to over fishing. “We believe that an individual’s health is directly connected to the environment, and we put as much care into sourcing our ingredients as we do preparing your meal.”
Make sure to make a reservation for the Walliser Stube, the innovative European alpine cuisine and wine bar. Choose from a tempting variety of classic Swiss, German, and Alpine dishes influenced by regional styles, or experience the authentic Swiss fondue, arguably the best in the world.
Want to Go:
Trip plan: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Toll-Free (room reservations only):
111 Lake Louise Drive
Maps & Directions
TEL + 1 403 522 3511
FAX + 403 522 3834
Wellness retreats and programs:
Looking for more inspiration? Check out the full program of 2018 wellness retreats. Click here.
Photos Shannon Kaiser @ShannonKaiserWrites
With her love of health and writing, Melissa has written for such publications as Shape, Natural Solutions, Yoga Journal, Self and Pilates Style, and has created recipes and food-oriented stories for such publications as Delicious Living and Cooking Light.