Lake Louise Winter Vacation

We packed all our cold-weather gear and headed to Calgary to begin our winter vacation two days after Christmas. After some drama and a 25-hour travel day, we finally reached the airport. Fairmont Lake LouiseFive days of pure bliss in skiing, snowmobiling, hiking Canada is beautiful. We met so many nice people and I cannot wait for the summer to go back! Here’s a glimpse at our winter vacation to Fairmont Lake Louise, and all the activities we did while there!

How to Get To Lake Louise

These two babies survived 25 hours of travel. Yes, that’s right, 25 hours! We were on our way to the airport at 4:00 AM EST (2:00 MST) when we received an email alerting us that our flight had been cancelled and was rebooked for 2 days later. American wasn’t able to get us on anything, so we ended up finding a Delta flight out of Charlotte that connected through Atlanta to Seattle to Calgary.

Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

Shirts // Leggings Boots

After three flights, and a 2+ hour drive to our hotel, we finally settled at 3am MST. Both girls took a few naps during the flight and were rockstars. I however didn’t sleep a wink and was so hyped up on adrenaline that I unpacked up completed and organized the room before I was able to go to sleep.

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

Fairmont Lake Louise

We stayed at the Fairmont Lake LouiseThe rooms were amazing! We booked the Fairmont Gold Lakeview RoomIt had two queen beds, a sitting area, and a large bathroom. The hotel is a great place to stay. Fairmont GoldArea offers many perks, but our favorite was the lounge down below where we could get breakfast, snacks, and drinks all day long!

Fairmont Hotels are a great choice for families because of their fantastic kid programs and excellent babysitting. When we were in HawaiiThey outsourced the babysitters to an agency, but all of the babysitters work for the hotel. One girl worked as a marketing manager, another was a hairstylist, and the Fairmont’s wedding coordinator. Access to baby sitters can make family vacations more enjoyable. The sitters play with the girls and they can have movie nights together with their cousins. It is a great way to spend time with your family and enjoy a delicious meal without having to worry about kids.

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

 

 

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

 

The Fairmont’s perks are the grounds and staff. I swear, Canadians are the most friendly people I know. There are so many activities. We loved the hot tub and indoor pool. The only downside was that the food wasn’t really all that great. We loved it! Alpine Social but other than that the restaurants weren’t anything to write home about.

The best thing about our room was the view. The view was breathtaking! We woke up the first morning to a stunning view from our window. The girls were awestruck. I really want to return here for summer vacation. It is so beautiful in winter, and I can only imagine how it would be in summer. It is definitely magical in winter. It is full-on magical, take your breath away. Horse-drawn carriages are available to ride around the lake. There is also ice-skating and an ice bar. Fire pits are available. Children can also sledding down hills or playing hockey. It’s a winter vacation wonderland.

Winter Family Vacation to Fairmont Lake Louise

Scottie’s Snowsuit // Hayden’s Jacket // Hayden’s Bibb // Snow Boots // Gloves // Hats // Base Layers

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

Hayden’s Bibb // Snow Boots // Gloves // Hats // Base Layers

Winter family vacation to Fairmont Lake Louise

My Jacket // My Leggings // My Hat // Scottie’s Snowsuit // Hayden’s Jacket // Hayden’s Bibb // Snow Boots // Gloves // Hats // Base Layers

Cristin Cooper Winter Family Vacation to Lake Louise

My Jacket // My Leggings // My Hat // Scottie’s Snowsuit // Hayden’s Jacket // Hayden’s Bibb // Snow Boots // Gloves // Hats // Base Layers

Winter family vacation to the Fairmont Lake Louise

Skiing

Our vacation time was spent at the ski hill. And by “ski hill” I mean the 5 hours it took getting the girls ready, the 30-minute drive to Lake Louise Ski ResortAfter that, it was 2 hours getting their skis on, helping them to get down to skiing school, and letting them go to bathroom. Skiing with toddlers could make it an Olympic sport. My girls loved ski school and the instructors were amazing. I can’t wait for my girls to get old enough to love skiing and go on more trips. We didn’t eat at the resort but my girlfriend said that Whitehorn Bistro is excellent!

Toddler Ski School in Alberta Canada

Scottie’s Snowsuit // Gloves // Base Layers // Goggles

Ski trip with toddlers

Hayden’s Jacket // Hayden’s Bibb // Gloves // Base Layers// Goggles

Ski trip with toddlers

Scottie’s Snowsuit // Gloves // Base Layers // Goggles

Cristin Cooper ski trip, Canada

Ski Jacket // Goggles // Base Layer // Neck Warmer // Socks

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

Backcountry Snowmobiling

We went snowmobiling on one day, and it was incredible. It was my favorite part. We drove approximately an hour to the Fairmont. Rocky Mountain RidersWe drove for five hours through British Columbia’s backcountry before we set off. This is the perfect adventure trip for anyone who visits Lake Louise in winter.

Backcountry Snowmobiling with Rocky Mountain Riders

 

Backcountry Snowmobiling with Rocky Mountain Riders

 

Snowmobiling on winter vacation
Snowmobiling in British Columbia

My Jacket // My Leggings // Ski Pants // Goggles // Base Layer // Base Layer Top // Socks

Ice Hike

On the day we checked out we opted to squeeze in one last activity – an early-morning ice hike through Johnston Canyon. Our guides made us dress as if we were about to be overtaken in an avalanche. I was sweating and ripping down layers 15 minutes into the hike. This trail can be done without a guide. We saw so many people walking and driving through the trail. Kids, families in jeans, it’s not difficult at all. You can use ice cleats to help your shoes, but other than that, you just need to be warm and bring your camera. I will admit that we had beautiful weather the day we went hiking. I would not recommend it to anyone else.

Ice Hike through Johnston Canyon

 

Cristin Cooper on her Winter Vacation to Lake Louise

My Jacket // My Leggings // My Hat

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

 

Fairmont Lake Louise and Alberta Canada Travel Guide

My Jacket // My Leggings // My Hat

Calgary

Our flight to the East coast was very early so we decided to stay another night at the hotel. Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. We checked into the hotel, which is very fancy, and then headed straight to the Calgary ZooTo catch the Pandas. The Zoo was a great place to take the girls, and we could have spent hours there. After the zoo closed, we headed to SaltlikWe had the most delicious dinner on the entire trip.

Winter Family Vacation, Calgary Zoo

 

Winter Family Vacation to Canada

Banff

We had to cancel our plans to visit Banff because of travel issues. So, we need to book a vacation to Canada in the summer. When we do I’m planning on staying at the Fairmont Banff SpringsEat at Sky Bistro, Park Distillery, Banff Grizzly House Perhaps you should check out the hot springs while I’m at it. Oh, and I will plan my entire trip around trying for the Northern Lights. What other items should I add to this list? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below!!

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