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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise via Banff to Calgary

Our final day, as organized entirely by Canada Rail Vacations - bye bye Rocky Mountains!
 Also this 6th day got organized excellent!
This photo I've taken from our room 237 at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise at 7:29 in the morning.
Not quite daylight... but later that morning I felt so good for having captured this as it was rainy and rather cloudy!
The Victoria Glacier in the center is visible here.
View to the left... with still the Victoria Glacier visible to the right.
View to the right with the Painter Wing of the hotel visible.
An almost magical surrounding!
This was the early morning view from above... Finding Pieter's iPhone.
It is a huge hotel, with the Glacier Wing to the right of our Barrott Wing as well as the newest Mount Temple Wing.
We were in the BARROTT WING
Our room 237 was more than likely below room 537 in this layout...

We both felt like having half a day vacation so we stayed in and went for brunch at the POPPY BRASSERIE.
That was quite a treat and we felt pampered for not having to rush!
Check out at 1:00 PM and we had to wait still till 2:00 PM till the Brewster Express came to pick us up and brought us to Banff from where we left on a big Brewster Sightseeing bus to Calgary Airport.
Both of us found the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise rather drafty...
Constantly when the big double doors in the parkade or big entrance went open you got treated by very cold air.
Also the previous night, when we dined in the entirely open Lakeview Lounge with spectacular view but very drafty entrance around the corner.
They should learn from the Alpine style double vestibule.
So, avoiding all that draft, we went to the Lower Level of Mount Temple Wing, where no doors opened.
Here, husband Pieter even could take a nap close to the Beehive Room...
Also some time for using my MacBook...
This wing of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise also was kind of a museum, with so much on the wall to study...
Early Trails - Of Steel
Trails can also be made of steel. The railway was completed in 1885 and within a few years the Canadian Rockies culture was forever changed. Tourists came to the area, resorts and trails were built and word of this beautiful place spread to the rest of Canada, the United States and Europe.
There even hung a photo from H.R.H. Princess Louise
Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll, G.B.E., was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, The Princess was born March 18, 1848 and lived until 1939.
She was married in 1871 to the ninth Duke of Argyll, and they had no children. The Princess was left a widow by the Duke's death in 1914
Photograph March 18, 1935

The highlighted eldest daughter of Queen Victoria is WRONG!
Princess Louise was the Queen's 4th daughter.
On September 13, blogger friend Debbie did write a blogpost about her: Princess Louise, Duchess Of Argyll and it is quite interesting to read, just click the hyperlink.
For both of us it was great information about the very hotel, named after her, we soon were going to stay on our trip through the Rocky Mountains.
But surprising to see that at the hotel they got it WRONG!
We'd booked us a room at Delta Hotels by Marriott, at the Calgary Airport.
One only needs to cross the road for entering the airport terminal - very convenient!
No photos made during the trip, except our Relive video of 1 min. 44 sec.
This was the entire trip with Brewster Sightseeing, on Express bus and large bus, just click the link below:
 
The next morning we got up early and it was cold!  
-3 ºC or 26.6ºF...
Departing from Calgary International airport was a breeze.
Clearing through US Customs and through Security Check went fast!

Thanks again for your visit and comment!

Related links:
Entire Day with Brewster Sightseeing from Banff to Lake Louise, Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls | previous post by me
Exploring Banff with Brewster Sightseeing | previous post by me
Our Kamloops to Banff Trip Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer via Canada Rail Vacation | previous post
Our Canada Rail Vacation Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Kamloops | previous post
Vancouver British Columbia, Canada in 1996 and back again in 2018 | previous post by me

24 comments:

  1. Dearest Mariette,
    Lake Louis, what a wonderful place! Thank you for sharing all those great pictures and your story!
    Have a lovely week,
    sending Love and hugs, Claudia xo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      It is an almost magical place right in these Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks that are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
      So blessed for having toured there and seen it all.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Liebe Mariette,

    ich freue mich über deinen interessanten Post.
    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke, es freut mich!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, The mistake about Princess Louise shows how careful you have to be when researching the past--you have to double-check everything. Still, I would have been fascinated by all the historic photos of the region.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, anything you put in writing you better double check!
      We loved all those old photos, so much history from 1885 till now about these beautiful National Parks.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Dear Mariette - that was both an impressive and magnificent view you had from your room at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
    Did you tell the hotel about the mistake that they had made? If so, I wonder if they have bothered to do anything about it!

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      It was quite impressive indeed, from our room far better than form the ground.
      Oh, I did write them but so far no reply from my two writings. One on their website, in a message and one on their FB Page. They did reply from the website that someone from the hotel would get back in touch but nothing...
      For that reason I've waited longer here to reply!
      Looks like the younger people don't really care about history and the accuracy of certain facts.
      Both of us are really history buffs and love to read and educate on the subject before traveling any place.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hi Mariette! You have had a wonderful journey! Have a nice day;-)

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, indeed, it was so far the best vacation ever!
      I've also enjoyed it so much because there was no driving for me involved... as usual is the case.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. This is a huge hotel indeed and has such a breathtaking view! I think double vestibule would be a great idea especially when it's so cold outside!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Well, the Manager of the Lakeview Lounge did reply: "We have recently turned off the automatic doors so that they do not stay open for a period of time. We apologize that the draft of cold air made for an unpleasant dining experience".
      So glad they have done something about it as it sure was unpleasant.
      The view is breathtaking as long as you're in the comfort of your room or dressed warmly outside.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Hi Mariette.
    The first images are very beautiful. I love very much ! You had a great time, it's great.
    Hugssssss

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    1. Dearest Nathalie,
      Thank you, we enjoyed being in these National Parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. So happy for nature to be kept pristine over these years since 1885.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Nice photos of your trip Mariette.
    Strange that the hotel got their facts wrong about Princess Louise.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Thank you, even with the weather rather dark, we tried to capture it.
      Yes, one wonders how one can put something in print that is NOT true!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Hello dear Mariette!
    What a beautiful place,and the view from the lake and the mountains is breathtaking!
    Wonderful pictures from your trip! I’m sure you had a great time visiting Lake Louise!
    Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a lovely day! Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Yes, we felt like being in nature's paradise. So pure and peaceful also.
      The photos could have been far better but we only had limited time and could not wait for better weather.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette,

    What an interesting trip you took to a beautiful area of Canada. I hope the Canadians are able to keep their clean, beautiful landscape always and never overdevelop it.

    Thank you for linking back to my blog about Princess Louise and her husband, John Campbell, who did quite a bit as Governor-General of Canada. Isn't it a wonder how a rememberance of a historican person is gotten wrong? How is it that no one fact-checks. And why note their childlessness? That is a mystery, as opposed to using the space to list what all they accomplished for Canada. Oh well, is my love of history making me nit-pick?

    Thanks for sharing your trip. Very interesting, indeed!

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    1. Dearest Debbie,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, let's hope they maintain this UNESCO World Heritage site in the Canadian Rockies the way it has been preserved. Such wonderful National Parks and the entire world comes here to admire it.
      Nothing is mentioned of Princess Louise's husband being the Governor-General of Canada. You and both of us do love history and we always do fact-check as well. It is obvious that a lot of people don't respect history's grand people and even ignore all of their accomplishments, worse still getting the facts wrong!
      Nobody ever bothered to reply to my writing about it - to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise that is.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dear Mariette,

    I enjoyed seeing your photos of your trip and you were lucky to get an early morning photo of the lake before the rain and cloud came. Shame that it was cold and drafty though.
    Hope you are having a great weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Yes, we got indeed lucky for having seen it in time. Lovely view...
      They seem to have addressed the draftiness though by turning off the automatic doors so they no longer remain open for a period of time.
      We did enjoy a lovely brunch the final day, downstairs in a cozy area!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. We stayed at the Chateau at Lake Louise and The Banff Springs last Fall. Amazing that you found that error!

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Happy for you for having been there as well last fall.
      Well, I've been always a fast reader and I do have a sharp memory once I've read something and I spotted this error right away and captured it.
      They don't seem to bother as they did not reply to my writings.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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