Jewels of The Rockies with APT

26 Sep 2016

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It’s difficult not to fall in love with the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Unbelievable beauty captures your eyes at every turn, and no matter how many times you visit, the soaring mountains, pristine waterways and unsullied wildlife are guaranteed to refresh your soul.


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Moraine Lake and The Valley of Ten Peaks. Photo: Getty

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, The Fairmont Banff Springs and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise are exquisite properties set in the Rocky Mountain’s most scenic national parks. Turquoise lakes, towering mountain scapes and pristine wildlife form the surrounds of these stunning hotels, and it can be hard to choose just one to experience.

Should you opt for the regal towers of the Banff Springs, the breathtaking views of the Chateau Lake Louise, or the nature immersion of Jasper Park Lodge?

APT’s Majestic Rockies and Alaska Cruise ensures you can experience all three as a part of your 18-day adventure through North America’s natural wonderland, with each stop offering a different brand of luxury.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

First opened in 1922, the Jasper Park Lodge is set on 700 acres of protected Canadian wilderness, and those who love the outdoors will adore the range of activities among Jasper’s incredible scenery. The lodge’s location on the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert provides sensational views and a range of water based activities.

Summer is a joy of outdoor pursuits, from horse-riding to golfing on a world-class green. Autumn offers glorious red gold foliage and cooler conditions for hiking enthusiasts. Winter brings the opportunity to ice skate on the lakes or ski at nearby Marmot Basin, and Spring beckons with its blossoming beauty and a snow melt that makes for prime white water rafting conditions.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The Jasper Park Lodge exudes rustic charm. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

The lodge has recently undergone a 16-million dollar upgrade, but stayed true to its rustic mountain charm. The rooms are graciously appointed in warm wooden tones, and the luxury day spa offers heavenly treatments such as lavender-infused stone massage and maple butter body wraps.

A great choice of on-site restaurants is the final piece of a puzzle that ensures you could remain within the grounds of The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for your entire stay and want for nothing.

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Fairmont Banff Springs
The Banff Springs' Signature Mountain View Rooms embrace the distinctive decor of a castle. Photo: Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

The Fairmont Banff Springs

It is hardly necessary for a hotel to provide anything more than the basics when it is located in a place as stunning as Banff. Cradled between the striking peak of Rundle Mountain and the spectacular immensity of Cascade Mountain, Banff is like a haiku brought to life.

The turrets of The Fairmont Banff Springs rise above the spruce trees like a fairytale castle, and the hotel lives up to its first impressions. From the medieval ballroom to the manicured wildflower gardens, the sensation of timeless grandeur stays with you as you explore the beauties of Banff.


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The Banff Springs Hotel in winter wonderland. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Explore the nearby Cave and Basin Historic Site, walk along the cliff’s edge of the Bow River and drink in views of Surprise Corner, or browse the retail outlets that form the lower floors of the castle complex. Boating, hiking, ice skating, skiing and horse riding are just a few of the activities designed to help you enjoy the natural playground of Banff.   

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There are several excellent restaurants on site, but stop by the concierge desk for recommendations if you wish to dine in town. They are local experts with many years of compounded knowledge, and have information on everything from the castle’s ghost stories through to where to find the best poutine in Banff.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
The grand lobby of the Chateau Lake Louise. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

From the moment the suited and booted doorman welcomes you through the door into the splendour of the main lobby you will be enchanted by the Chateau Lake Louise.  

Set on a lake so vividly blue that it is guaranteed to make your jaw drop, this exquisite building completes a scene that seems only possible on a postcard. The glacial-fed waters of Lake Louise are frigidly cold year round, but canoeing in summer and ice skating in winter gives a great vantage point of Fairview, the Victoria Glacier and The Beehive.

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Water so blue it is guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

There are a myriad of paths leading through the scenic wonderland that surrounds the lake, and an amble up to Lake Agnes Tea House is a must, but be wary; Lake Louise has the highest ratio of humans to grizzly bears in the world, and a sighting these shy creatures is common during the summer months.

High tea at the Lakeview Lounge or Fairview is a delightful way to enjoy the best views of the lake, although the Lakeview Guest Rooms* allow you to soak up some of the world’s most beautiful scenery in an intimate setting.

Enticing restaurants, thoughtful retail outlets and a blissful day spa are available on the days when the weather isn’t optimal, although snow offers its own set of opportunities...

Each of Fairmont’s mountain jewels offers a unique experience, and a visit to all three is sure to help you immerse yourself into the joys of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. 

*A Lakeview Room at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is guaranteed as part of your APT Majestic Rockies and Alaska Cruise. Get in touch with our friendly consultants to book your own Canadian adventure with APT!

Emma Lee

Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.