Chateau Lake Louise

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Chateau Lake Louise from the Big Beehive
General information
Location Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°25′4″N 116°13′2″W / 51.41778°N 116.21722°W / 51.41778; -116.21722Coordinates: 51°25′4″N 116°13′2″W / 51.41778°N 116.21722°W / 51.41778; -116.21722
Opening 1911[1]
Owner OMERS
Management Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Other information
Number of restaurants 6
Website
www.fairmont.com/lakelouise
The hotel from the opposite shore of the lake.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a Fairmont Hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Louise, near Banff, Alberta. The original Chateau was gradually built up at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was thus "kin" to its predecessors, the Banff Springs Hotel, and the Château Frontenac. The hotel's wooden Rattenbury Wing burned down on 3 July 1924, and was replaced by the current Barrot Wing one year later. The Painter Wing, built in 1913, is the oldest portion of the hotel still standing. The Mount Temple Wing, opened in 2004, is the newest wing of the hotel and features modern meeting facilities, including the Mount Temple Ballroom.

The hotel was first conceived by the railway at the end of the 19th century, as a vacation destination to lure moneyed travellers into taking trains and heading West. By the time airplanes and automobiles had displaced the trains, it had gained sufficient renown to have a life of its own. In 1999, Canadian Pacific Hotels (a division of the Canadian Pacific Railway) acquired Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and adopted the Fairmont name for all of its hotels, resulting the in the Chateau Lake Louise being operated as a Fairmont hotel.

From the start, the goal was to exploit the stunning natural beauty of the emerald-green lake and of Victoria glacier which rose above it. There were many hiking and canoeing itineraries for nature lovers. Eventually, all the natural areas around the hotel were incorporated into the Banff National Park. This park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Originally built to function only in summer, the hotel was winterized in 1982 and now offers all of the regular ski resort fare during the winter months. In addition to the usual skiing, ice skating and snowboarding, there are sleigh rides, ice sculpture contests and snowshoe excursions.

The hotel is also a popular place for special events including hundreds of weddings throughout the year.

Presently, The Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel is owned by Oxford Properties, the real estate arm of OMERS and operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Toronto.

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