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Discover Wonderfall in Lake Louise

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Mountains beckon nature-lovers at any time of year. Winter snow brings skiers and snowmobilers; spring offers wildflowers and animals waking from their long winter sleeps; summer presents numerous activities and opportunities for adventure, such as fishing, golf and hikes into high mountain meadows. But, what about autumn?

Surprisingly, this can be a somewhat forgotten period in the mountain calendar for tourists and explorers. However, it can also be a hidden gem for those who want to avoid the crowds of summer and the cold temperatures of winter.

Lake Louise is a stunning destination at any time of year. In autumn, the Larch trees put on a special golden show in the region, creating a magical experience for visitors.

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism recognizes this spectacle with Lake Louise Wonderfall until October 12th, 2015, assembling an awesome array of activities, accommodations, and amazing cuisine options for travellers. The Lake Louise Wonderfall experience allows you to luxuriate in extraordinary scenery, participate in all sorts of outdoor and indoor pursuits, and enjoy an alpine picnic or dine in a fine restaurant specializing in haute cuisine.

“Paddling through the breathtaking blue waters can soothe your soul.”

WILDLIFE

_47A4788 (1)A multitude of wild animals lives in Banff National Park and Lake Louise. For those with a keen interest in wildlife, there are a number of ways to safely seek out viewings. Parks Canada can direct you to scenic hikes in the back country, where you are more likely to see animals in their natural settings. Trained guides can also lead you on targeted treks with critters in mind. There are also great locations for birdwatchers to hang out and spy feathered friends. Driving or biking the panoramic roadways might also bring you into closer contact with wildlife. Whatever you do, make sure you are properly prepared for your adventures, to keep you and the animals safe.

PHOTOGRAPHY

To help you capture amazing images of all the displays of flora and fauna, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is offering a fabulous “Fall Photography Weekend Package” with instructional indoor and outdoor workshops led by celebrated nature photographer, Richard Berry, on September 18th and 19th.

ACTIVITIES

Untitled1WELLNESS presents fitness expert Susan Agrios, who guides participants on an enchanting, healthful journey—hiking, meditating, and practicing yoga—through the amazing mountain country, from September 18th-20th. Google “Training by Agrios” to register for the retreat.

Throughout the month of September, on Saturdays and Sundays, Parks Canada teaches visitors to geocache. Meet at the Lake Louise Campground Theatre and learn how to seek and find hidden “treasures” using a supplied GPS device.

2015 is also the 75th Anniversary of the fabled Icefields Parkway. This famous scenic route guides you through mountain highlands full of turquoise sparkling lakes and vivid glaciers, highlighting unparalleled vistas. Parks Canada encourages you to take it in with their complimentary Icefields Parkway Explorers booklets, available at the Lake Louise Visitor Information Centre.

For those who feel the pull of the water, canoe and kayak rentals are available throughout the park, and at Lake Louise, in particular. Paddling through the breathtaking blue waters can soothe your soul.

Another way to appreciate the magnificent scenery is by going on a trail ride. Brewster Lake Louise Stables and Timberline Tours proffer numerous choices, including a “Spooktacular” option.

Alternatives abound for hikers, too. Choose an easy ramble such as the Bow Summit Lookout trail, or have tea at the top, with moderate hikes to the Plain of Six Glaciers the Lake Agnes Teahouse. If you desire a more demanding track, the enticingly-named Paradise Valley & Giant Steps trek, or the Boulder Pass route will meet your expectations. No matter which way you walk, the majestic views of the mountain scenes and fall colours will delight you.

DINING

_47A5000If all of the activity makes you hungry, the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and Whitehorn Lodge Restaurant proposes either the “Lift, Lunch and Larches” package or the “Gondola and Gourmet” option. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise presents more dining choices, in their Fairview or Walliser Stube restaurants. A host of other eating alternatives is available in and around the lake and village. Visit Poppy Brasserie, the Baker Creek Bistro, Laggan’s Mountain Bakery or the renowned Post Hotel & Spa. You can find everything from mountain cuisine to continental to pasta and pizza.

“The Larch trees put on a golden show.”

So, if you’re looking for an autumn getaway that will stir all of your senses, “Wonderfall” is the perfect time to visit Lake Louise!

WONDERFALL

For more information on Wonderfall, go to: www.banfflakelouise.com

A bit of history:

Both Lake Louise and the province of Alberta were christened for Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, whose husband was Canada’s Governor General from 1878 to 1883. Sadly, the Princess never saw the beautiful lake, nor the province, which were later named after her.

CONTEST:

Enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 great prizes from Banff & Lake Louise Tourism by sharing your favourite Wonderfall photos on Instagram or Twitter hashtag #lakelouisewonderfall between September 5th and October 12th.

 

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