March 3, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu
Travel Alberta / Gerard Yunker
You don’t have to stay at the Fairmont to play at the Fairmont. Have a great day at the Chateau Lake Louise:
1. Start with the breakfast buffet at Poppy Brasserie, while you admire the morning light on the mountains through big windows.
2. Next, rent skates and glide into the ice castle with Victoria Glacier as your backdrop.
Feb. 24, 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & Ally McConnell
Travel Alberta / Paul Zizka
Nighttime Light Show
On clear nights, dark skies provide pristine conditions for stargazing and viewing the northern lights. Local photographer Paul Zizka recommends Lake Minnewanka near Banff and Bow Lake north of Lake Louise as prime roadside spots. Download the Star Tracker Mobile Sky Map app to help identify constellations; track northern light forecasts on aurorawatch.com.
By Afton Aikens
The third part of this four-week post series will introduce you to the horse-drawn carriage ride—the perfect addition to a winter getaway.
Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography
Magical Sleigh Rides
Historically, sleighs offered a practical (and preferred) way for ordinary people to get around after the snow fell. But today, it’s all about the magic of snuggling in a sleigh and listening to the rhythm of the horses’ hooves as snowflakes scatter the sky.
By RACHAEL FREY
Take the kids and head to the nearby ski hills! Photo courtesy WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
Calgary is known as the gateway to the Rockies, but there’s no need to leave the city to find outdoor activities in the winter. World-class Olympic sports facilities and a keen sense of seasonal nostalgia combine to create a variety of family-friendly cold weather fun.
Ice-skating is an integral part of Canadian cold-weather life, and while indoor rinks may be practical, nothing beats gliding across outdoor ice under the vast Prairie sky. (more…)
Sleigh Ride with Holiday on Horseback
Dash through the snow on a one-horse, two-seat sleigh and jingle all the way. A Holiday on Horseback cutter ride is pure romance, with mountain views, a meadow that’s home to elk and hot spring marsh with birds all winter. Snuggle under buffalo hides, and indulge in liqueurs and Callebaut chocolates. Alternatively, Brewster Lake Louise Sleigh Rides feature picturesque lake and glacier views, plus the lights of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise if you go after dark. Both also offer traditional sleigh rides for larger groups. —JN