This past weekend we packed up the kids and went to Lake Louise and Banff! This one wasn’t a last-minute plan like Fernie. We had it booked for just over a week or so. We kept telling Noah how many sleeps he had till we were going to see the mountains again. Every morning he would ask if we were going today.
It’s the time of year where you just don’t know what you should pack. It’s fairly safe to say when you are headed to the mountains it’s going to be colder than home. We just didn’t anticipate how much colder! Fortunately, I did pack all the snow jackets, gloves, beanies, and what felt like 20 changes of clothes for just an over night stay. But we were prepared!
Lake Louise I think, is one of those most beautiful places I have been. Santorini is probably my most favourite and, if you have been there too, then you know that saying Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful, is saying a lot. I have been quite a few times over the years of living here and it doesn’t matter what season I go, it never disappoints! I love how even though it’s always so busy with tourists it’s still such a peaceful, serene place. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a stunning hotel. When I turned 25 my family surprised me with a nights stay there, Joe and I had the lake view. It was amazing. But I think Lake Louise itself, takes the stage! We walked around the hotel, the kids played in the snow, we took many pictures (as you do) and then headed to Banff.
We stayed at The Rimrock Resort Hotel and I would hands down stay again! This place was beautiful! The views from the hotel was amazing. It’s like a more affordable (yet, definitely not cheap) alternative to staying at the Fairmont Banff. I wish we had more time to really look around the grounds of the hotel and swim in the pool. There is a complimentary bus service that stops right out the front of the hotel and takes you into the main town of Banff (it’s only around 3 minutes out-of-town). Which we did and ate at the old spaghetti factory. I tell you, thank god for smart phones. Our two were very tired and very excited so they were being very obnoxious and climbing around the chairs and under the table. Despite what some people may think, I think smart phones are great for kids in a time like that. We all ate and mummy and daddy drank in peace!
Sunday we took the gondola up the top of Sulphur Mountain, the kids thought it was the most funnest ride ever. Once at the top, if it was a good weather day, you would be able to see the amazing views of Banff below. Of course, sunday was not one of those days. Joe and I have done it before, so it wasn’t the end of the world, just slightly disappointing. Not that the kids had one care. They had the time of their life, walking around inside the interpretive centre. And then outside on the observation deck and boardwalk. It was SO PRETTY! It wasn’t busy which was nice. It’s honestly like being in a snow globe. The silent snow falling, it’s just magical.
Lake Louise and Banff will always hold a special place in my heart. Now…where to next?!