Lake Louise is a picture-perfect destination. It’s the kind of place you see on postcards, in paintings, on travel bucket lists, and all over Instagram. A real-life winter wonderland with a glistening frozen lake, framed by snowy mountain peaks and snow-dusted trees.
Horse-drawn carriages trot by, carrying wide-eyed visitors. Cross-country skiers glide passed seemingly without a care in the world. Ice skaters drift and twirl across the frozen lakes. It’s a slice of perfect wintery heaven.
As you may have seen from my previous post, I visited Revelstoke Mountain Resort for some skiing adventures. On one day of our stay, we decided to do a day trip to Lake Louise. It’s about a two and a half hour drive – but when the drive is as beautiful as this one, you can’t complain.
Playing ice hockey at Lake Louise
On arrival, we took to the ice to play some ice hockey. There are two ice rinks at Lake Louise in winter. One is for general ice skating, the other is for ice hockey.
We were lucky enough to have the ice hockey rink to ourselves. Given the quality of my ice skating (think Bambi on ice), this space was rather useful for me to flounder around in.
After developing cramp in both feet, I took to the sidelines to watch the more skilled members of our group play.
Afternoon tea at Fairmont Hotel
After wearing ourselves out on the ice, we visited the Fairmont Hotel for some high tea. Complete with mouth-watering sandwiches, warming scones and delicious sweet treats. All with a gorgeous view out onto the lake.
After tea, we wandered (waddled) around the ice sculptures and snapped some pictures before heading back to Revelstoke.
If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend a trip to Lake Louise. Even better, try to fit in some hiking or skiing too. I’d love to visit in the summer too, although I hear that it gets overwhelmed with tourists.
Have you ever been to Lake Louise? Would you rather go in winter or summer?