Lake Louise – Alberta – Canada

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Our Canadian Exploration with Uncommon Journeys has taken us to

Beautiful Lake Louise in Alberta

The hamlet is named for  Lake Louise

Which in turn was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939)

The fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

Everyone was upset that the Lake was still frozen over; we found it quite amazing and wonderful…

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Of course the place to stay is the Chateau at Lake Louise

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a Fairmont Hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Louise, near Banff, Alberta.

The original Chateau was gradually built up at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was thus “kin” to its predecessors, the Banff Springs Hotel, and the Château Frontenac.

The hotel’s wooden Rattenbury Wing burned down on 3 July 1924, and was replaced by the current Barrot Wing one year later. The Painter Wing, built in 1913, is the oldest portion of the hotel still standing.

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Coming down her Grand Staircase, one is mesmerized by the grandeur and beauty

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The Lobby is large and magnificent

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Well off to the dining room……oh my, where to sit the views are spectacular..

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Oh…………YUM……..Breakfast is a pure delight…….

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Walking the grounds is very much like being inside a Fairy Tale.

The hotel was first conceived by the railway at the end of the 19th century, as a vacation destination to lure moneyed travellers into taking trains and heading West.

By the time airplanes and automobiles had displaced the trains, it had gained sufficient renown to have a life of its own. In 1999, Canadian Pacific Hotels (a division of the Canadian Pacific Railway) acquired Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and adopted the Fairmont name for all of its hotels, resulting the in the Chateau Lake Louise being operated as a Fairmont hotel.

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From the start, the goal was to exploit the stunning natural beauty of the emerald-green lake and of Victoria glacier which rose above it. 

Here is a photo of Lake Louise when she is not frozen…

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We never saw the emerald-green lake, but the glacier was most impressive. 

The surrounding mountains were so spectacular…

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We had such a grand time visiting this grand dame and were so pleased to see her covered with such lovely ice and snow

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We hope you have enjoyed visiting this most incredible place with us…

Look over your shoulder one last time for a glimpse of her beauty…

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14 responses »

  1. Wishing I was there. The pictures themselves tell a great story……Keep-up the travel and reporting to all of us stranded in the great indoors.

  2. The troika soared across the night sky; skimming the snow covered mountains. Faster and faster the horses carried her as she followed the trail of the two intrepid travelers on their uncommon journey. She would storm the castle and find them at breakfast. “Eggs Benny for breakfast and then we’ll stroll together along the shores of the ice bound emerald lake.” Alas, it was not to be. A few crumbs left on the table the only sign of their presence. She fluffed up the luxurious fur rugs and tucked herself into the sleigh. The horses tossed their heads and stamped their feet on the ice and then with manes flying and runners glistening they followed the silver rails west..

  3. Well, I’m GREEN with jealousy. Princess Louise Caroline Alberta! (I think she was an artist and witty, too.) Ah, the breakfast, the views, and the chandeliers all look fantastical. Along with your spiffy outfits, by the way. I love the black, red, and grey combination. Perfect for touring and photographing the mountains. The red really pops. Excellent choice of garb! ~Theadora (Lucky princess! Where’s my lake?!)

    • Ah, but I have found another who bore the name Theodora. She was empress of the Byzantine Empire from 527 A.D. to 548 A.D. She greatly influenced her husband, Justinian I’s political decisions. Theadora was born circa 497 A.D.,

      Theodora was empress of the Byzantine Empire, in either Crete or Syria (historians disagree on the location). She was one of the most influential women of her time. Her powerful husband, Justinian I, listened to her advice regarding political decisions.

      She is credited with influencing reforms, such as expanding divorce rights regarding property ownership to women, as well as other rights for women and children. Theodora reigned from 527 A.D. to 548 A.D. She died in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 28, 548 A.D.

      So it is written, so it shall be. I shall find a lake and christen it Lake Theadora! Queen Virginia shall oversee the ceremony. It shall be a grand affair.

      • Now, that’s a plan! Thanks for the digging up the Theodora tidbits. I do adore her, Monsieur Tin Man! A few years ago, I got to spend time with her at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. What a treat. What a treat. And story! Her father was a circus trainer, and her mother was a dancer and actress. Theodora was one smart (and stylish cookie! Big Hugs, T.

  4. Wow! What a beautiful place. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your amazing adventures. I sure miss seeing you. 😦

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  5. What a magical place! It really does look like a fairy tale. Thank you for sharing it with us! I loved the Grand Staircase and that GRAND breakfast and that handsome couple at the end with the mountains framed just right! Cheers!

  6. I’ve always heard about Lake Louise, but realize from your post I had no idea of what it looked like. Never conceived how grand, how overwhelmingly magnificent it is, from its setting and the architecture it inspires. And the breakfast, whoa!!!!!

  7. Ah, this brings back memories with my grandmother. She took me there when I was visiting her one time and she learned a lesson about her granddaughter and water… 😉

    It wasn’t frozen when we were there and was stunning!

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