Exploring the Luxury of Nature at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta

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Lefroy meeting room, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lefroy meeting room, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The late-19th century Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise rests in the quiet splendor of Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 550-room hotel immerses groups in the luxury of nature on a daily basis—from guided snowshoe and ski tours in winter months to a remarkable ride aboard the Massive Brewster Ice Explorer that ends in the middle of the Athabasca Glacier on Mount Columbia in summer.

“Groups are looking to get outside at every opportunity,” says Sarah Pearson, PR, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. “Luxury is not just about the fixtures of the hotel, it is about the service and comfort that embrace the surrounding landscape.”

Planners will find plenty of ready-made themed itineraries that set the stage for business meetings with enhanced productivity and ROE. After donning special “ice cleats,” groups can journey up Johnston Canyon toward its stunning icefalls on numerous suspended catwalks as part of the Mountain Heritage Program. Snowshoe, ski and stargazing tours are also included. In summer months, when the forests are green and the lake serene, planners can work with a concierge to tailor group adventures. Whether a canoe ride with a local historian, hikes to a historic tea house, the amazing 500 million year old Burgess Shale fossil fields, or into the alpine with an accredited naturalist—taking in the great weather and sites will undoubtedly be center stage.

Just a short 15-minute walk from the hotel, Kingmik Dog Sled Tours whisks groups through a breezy dog sled ride with a pack of happy huskies to Kicking Horse Pass at the Continental Divide. Horse-drawn sleighs leaving the on-site Brewster Lake Louise Stables offer cozy upholstered seats and blankets for day or evening sightseeing—individual lessons and tours are also available. Good use is made of Lake Louise in winter months when an elaborate ice castle is built ice directly on the ice, heralding in ice skating, hockey and broomball. Professional photographers offer groups tips, tricks and tailored lessons year-round.

Indoors, a number of break options boost meeting productivity. The Healthy Choice High Antioxidant break implements foods that purportedly increase brain function—popular options are acai berry and blueberry shooters, green tea matcha cookies and Ayurveda carrot pudding. The Healthy Choice Heart Smart break serves up homemade granola bars, wheat, flax and berry bran muffins and a special Bircher Muesli “Martini.”

Many of the hotel’s 18 traditional meeting spaces, which altogether total more than 36,000 sf, are named after the spectacular views that rest just beyond their windows: Mount Fairview, Mount Lefroy and Temple Mountain. The Mountain Temple Ballroom is the largest, seating close to 850 guests theatre-style. On-site restaurants offer additional meeting options—the aromas of a dozen signature fondues waft from the Walliser Stube, which also boasts a floor-to-ceiling wine bar. At the Glacier Saloon, a pint of Stubborn Buffalo Pale Ale, created by an on-site sommelier, adds a dash of authenticity. The newly renovated Lakeview Lounge serves up local fare and exquisite not to be missed views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier.

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