Contrary to what people know, say and believe travelling to Alberta in winter is magical. The little hamlet in Banff National Park comes alive every winter in all its glory and natural beauty. The sights are one of a kind and every glimpse of the journey comprises of a picturesque view.
I flew from Vancouver to Calgary via WestJet, and hopped on to the luxury coach at Brewster’s Express by Pursuit ( make a booking ) and headed straight to Lake Louise via a few stops around Banff. The ride on Brewster’s Express was swift, relaxing and serviced with Wi-Fi on the go. The journey was visually appealing to my eyes, snow-capped mountains, lakes and a pretty sunset welcomed me. As my final destination was Lake Louise we made our way to the quaint Mountaineer Lodge amidst all the snowfall in Banff. The lodge is centrally located in Lake Louise with comfortable rooms that kept me warm.
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Between the boundaries of Banff National Park, the two towns of Banff and Lake Louise reign. They are the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies and one of the most peaceful towns to visit in Alberta. They are a great destination to visit if you are planning a getaway with friends, family or if you wish to travel solo.
During my travel to Lake Louise & Banff this winter I learned a few things that were surprising yet magical and glad I took this trip.
Sharing a few of the reasons why you should visit Alberta’s crown jewels any winter below:
- X number of winter activities: A winter destination comes with a few perks such as numerous recreational opportunities. Whether you want to play throw ball in the snow, ski all day, go snowboarding, ride a snowmobile like me or just go wandering around the snow peaked mountains. You can also go ice-skating on the famous Lake Louise too.
- Time to bond with nature and live in the winter wonderland: The areas of Banff & Lake Louise in Canada are picture perfect impressions of a true winter wonderland. If you are thinking of snow paved roads, clear skies, hot chocolate and plenty of good times ahead then this is the destination you want to visit. Personally I do love getting lost in nature, so if this were something you’d enjoy then make sure to take this scenic route. Everything is around walking distance wherever you choose to stay, except for the Fairmont Chateau that is a 10 min drive or a free shuttle offered from the Lake Louise town.
- Wide selection of hotels & lifestyle experiences: Look beyond luxury hotels to more quaint and distinct boutique places to eat & dine. I literally stayed in one hotel but dined in everything around Lake Louise. Visitors will be spoiled for choice, especially during the winter months as Lake Louise Inn, The Outpost Hotel, The Station restaurant have plenty of cute dinner and brunch options. Since the outside temperatures are below minus, one can take a dip into a cozy hot tub or jacuzzi in one of the properties you pick for your stay. Some hotels include a fitness club and other amenities too, but not all. It’s best to check ahead with the hotels.
- Ice Magic Festival: A definite highlight of my visit was the magical ice carvings on Lake Louise at the Banff National Park. Since the stunning Lake Louise is frozen during the winter months, a magical ice castle and display of some of the best artistry comes alive. Ice carvers from around the world come down to Alberta to put an exquisite display of ice carvings. I spotted a few beautiful ones, sharing them here. It’s even more beautiful to see them lit at night.
- The Famous Lake Louise: Named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. Lake Louise is an impeccable hamlet that will take your heart away. It is also home to the famous turquoise Lake Louise that reveals its true colours during the summer months. Where you will see plenty of visitors out canoeing or kayaking in its pristine waters. But from my visit I feel she is the prettiest in winter. The frozen lake is perfect and quite dreamy.
Being one with nature and visiting the Canadian Rockies was a dream come true. Something I’d love to revisit again at some point. Maybe the next time I want to visit Lake Louise & Banff would be in the summer time.
It was a special trip for me. Have you guys been here before? Leave your comments below or reach me on instagram @jonathanho1
Canon Canada Camera and Fujifilm AX-1 were used on this shoot.
Outfits all belong to Jonathan from Waiching’s Wall
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