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Why you should go to the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

The Fairmont Château Lake Louise is a must for any traveler. I first heard of this location from my aunt, as she told me this is where she honeymooned with my uncle. In 2013, I saw The Château's beauty for myself when the ABC reality show The Bachelor filmed an episode at the Château. It served as the backdrop for the most successful Bachelor Nation relationships, the iconic Sean and Catherine Lowe, first date. Beyond the familial and Bachelor Nation connection, Château Lake Louise allows visitors to explore Banff National Park. Banff is considered by some (including myself) as one of the most beautiful places on earth. In the center of the paradise, Château Lake Louise stands tall as an oasis among a national treasure. I had the opportunity to interview Clare Fraser, Marketing Manager at Fairmont Château Lake Louise, to learn more about this property.

(Video courtesy of ABC's The Bachelor)

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

1. Why should someone visit Banff National Park and stay at the Château Lake Louise?

Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. It is a bucket list item for many.

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

2. How has the hotel adapted in the face of COVID-19?

The hotel has incorporated more safety guidelines to ensure our guests feel safe whilst staying with us. You can read more about the specifics here.

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

3. What are the top sites anyone should see in Banff National Park and how does the hotel add to that experience?

One of the best experiences in Banff National park is canoeing on Lake Louise – we have this experience right on our doorstep and canoe rental is available from our boathouse located on the west shore of the lake. Our Mountain Adventure guides can take guests out on a voyager canoe – see here for our video

4. How has the hotel shifted its efforts during the pandemic?

The hotel is a global icon with many international tourists visiting every year, over the last year with the pandemic we have refocused our efforts to the Canadian market and highlighting to our local and backyard markets the advantages of staying with us during this time – mainly you can experience all the joys of Banff national Park without the hordes of international travelers.

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

5. What is the future of tourism in Alberta and for the Château Lake Louise ?

Tourism in Albert will bounce back quickly once the pandemic is over – we are a destination that people spend their lives dreaming about visiting – I think this year, people have re-evaluated their lives and are keen to get back out and travel.

(Image Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

Thank you so much, Clare, for taking time out of your busy schedule to teach me more about this property. This magical place is officially on the top of my bucket list.


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