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Why we like it
- The hotel is in the middle of the pristine Banff National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site
- The park offers hiking, canoeing, fishing and mountain biking
- Interesting fact for car journeys - the emerald colour of the lake comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers above
- The hotel offers eight restaurants, a health club and spa
- Classical Fairmont service and quality
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Lousie appears in thousands of visitors photographs each year with its signature location on the shores of this dazzling lake...
The Wickaninnish Inn was a great hotel, we had a great room with a good view of the ocean. The service was perfect and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
- K Heisterberg, Denmark
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Lousie appears in thousands of visitors photographs each year with its signature location on the shores of this dazzling lake. We'd recommend the deluxe lake view room or the Gold rooms. There is nothing better than relaxing in bed sipping a glass of champagne as you take in the amazing view of the Victoria Glacier.
Best time to be there
The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.
For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.
For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.
Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.
Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.
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