Prior to a white Christmas, I actually had a white birthday celebration! Every year, my birthday just gets better and better, thanks to a loving husband who has blessed me so much, and all thanks to God who has blessed him even more!
This year’s birthday was exceptionally spectacular. Celebrated in the midst of the mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies, what more could I have asked for? Of all the famous hideouts within, J chose to commemorate this special day of mine at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful and majestically scenic Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel is the only establishment located just next to Lake Louise. And at this time of the year, it is entirely frozen.
Skating on beautiful frozen Lake Louise
J and I rented ice skates and skated with baby E in her pram for 2 hours on the frozen Lake Louise. The lake is cleared daily of the newest snowfall and for even more sparkle, each year, the chefs at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise create an intricate ice castle carved from huge blocks of ice to highlight the world’s most spectacular rink.
Dog Sledding in the Wintry Woods
Snuggled cozily under a blanket, cool, crisp air whooshes past us as a team of lean Alaskan huskies pulls our dogsled on a picturesque journey through the mountain valleys. I’ll say dogsledding within Banff National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will remain indelible in our minds.
We had my birthday dinner one day earlier on 20 December, the same day we first arrived at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. There are altogether 7 dining venues within the resort hotel from which we could choose from. The choice was obvious – Fairview Dining Room.
For appetizers, J had the Celeriac & Dungeness Crab Velouté served with roasted squash, chanterelle mushrooms and confit Jerusalem artichokes; while I had the Scallops & Bacon served with seared scallops, double smoked bacon espuma, squid ink risotto and candied Meyer lemon rinds.
For our entrées, J enjoyed his Brant Lake Wagyu Beef Striploin that came with glazed veal cheek, agria potato & nori pavé, hay roasted carrots and Marsala jus; while I savoured my Juniper-Crusted Venison Loin that came with creamed wild rice, Brussels sprout leaves, yam purée, sour cherry gastrique and Pinot noir jus.
Our sensational dinner ended with a sweet birthday complimentary dessert of our choice – Soft Hazelnut Chocolate that came with pliable ganache, chocolate foam and Earl Grey gelato.
To date, this was the best meal I have ever had.