After spending a night in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we woke up to a very beautiful day of clear cloudless blue skies. We had buffet breakfast at the Poppy Brasserie, which is adorned with expansive French windows that showcase the beauty of the frozen Lake Louise.
It was a considerably good delectable spread of breakfast items ranging from Eggs Benedicts, bacon, smoked meats, salmon and even mackerel, beef and pork sausages, hash brown and roasted potatoes, quiches, egg station, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, variety of breakfast rolls & breads (including gluten-free ones), chocolate almond beignets, lemon raspberry crepes, gingerbread French toasts, pineapple fritters, cereal and oatmeal station, selection of fruit juices, etc.
After the satiating breakfast, we headed out for a good skate before returning to our room for a revitalizing catnap. We wanted to take a ride on the horse-drawn sleigh ride that would take us to the end of Lake Louise at the foot of the Victoria Glacier, with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. However, considering that the 1 hour ride would be too long for baby E, we decided not to expose her to the -18ºC cold and dry weather. Instead, we went shopping within the Chateau galleries and bought her new onesies that are exclusively made for Lake Louise.
Good times roll on fast, and it was time to check out and drive on to Banff for another 2 nights. We had lunch at the Lakeview Lounge, where it’s signature Palladian windows flaunt the breathtaking views of the Victoria Glacier, surrounding Rocky Mountain peaks, and the frozen lake. We thoroughly enjoyed their French Onion Soup with herb crostini and Swiss cheese gratin and the world’s best Braised Beef Short Rib Pappardelle i.e. in our opinion.
Throughout our jollifying vacation, we can’t thank God enough for the perfect weather conditions and the journey mercies He has granted and blessed us with.
We left Lake Louise and headed towards Banff. The hotel we stayed in this time is very much better than the Banff International Hotel, which we stayed in the last time we went to Banff in October. The room (#225) we took came with a fireplace, paintings on the wall, a larger bathroom, and most importantly, a very comfy king-sized double bed.
We rested and played with baby for awhile before we went out hunting for dinner. As we strolled along the main streets of Banff town, we felt very thankful that baby E took to the cold weather pretty well. After all, she is a Canadian!
After 2 days of fine dining at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, all we really wanted for dinner that day was anything that is simple and fast to round up the day. Thus, we settled on Edo Japanese Teppanyaki beef and Sri Lankan butter chicken briyani that also came with a papadum and beef samosa in a food court within a shopping mall.
We returned to the lodge to rest for the day. J helped me care for the baby while I showered and prepped myself for a good night’s sleep. When I emerged from the shower, I saw and captured precious moments of father & daughter time which made me grin from ear to ear that night, and for many years to come…