Valerie Wilson Travel

Alberta, Canada

As a province in Western Canada, Alberta’s landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands, and vast coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. Within Alberta lies Banff National Park, home to soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier, as well as Lake Louise. The area is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts & alpinists, as you can find guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and canoe activities in the summer, and exceptional dining experiences year-round.

Fun Facts:
  • Alberta is home to Lake Louise, which is Canada’s highest community at 1,540 meters (5,033 feet) above sea level.
  • The bright blue color of Lake Louise is due to tiny mineral deposits of glacial silt or rock flower, carried down from the Lower Victoria Glacier.
  • Alberta has over 30 annual festivals. Internationally renowned are the Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festivals in Edmonton.
Where We Would Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park this iconic resort sits majestically on the shores of Lake Louise. Surrounded by pristine wilderness with unobstructed views of the Victoria Glacier, discover the grandeur of history and endless activities on your doorstep. Enjoy renovated rooms and suites, six restaurants, a Fairmont spa and easy access to the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Step outside and discover why snow worshippers, nature lovers, and world travelers continue to visit this resort for the best outdoor adventures and timeless luxury. Summer Activities: Hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, heli-tours, wildlife tours, gondola and more. Winter Activities: Skating, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sleigh rides and more. 

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February 2021