Sept. 10, day 9 – Lake Louise & Icefield

Arriving on the evening of Sept.9, in one of the most beautiful settings and within impressive grounds, with a lovely lake surrounded by snow covered mountains, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sets a tone of elegance and delight. We loved it. That first night, after delicious hors d’oeuvres at the reception desk on the 7th floor (called the Gold Floor) we dined at the FairView Restaurant. Peter ordered their venison and I, their rack of lamb. We don’t know which dish was more fantastic – but we really didn’t care. The Rioja wine was a nice accompanient.

Awaking to a light snow fall, we had a wonderful breakfast at the Gold Room. Their chefs are outstanding – the lightest croissants we’ve ever had, all types of fruits, meats, breads, etc.. We then bundled up and drove to the Icefields – the remients of glaciers in a massive ice bowl surrounded by snow covered mountains. The temperature was around 28 degrees. The drive there , being there and driving back – gave you the feeling that you were in a totally different world – outstanding!!! Both Peter and I agree that the Canadian Rockies win hands down over the Colorado Rockies. You just haven’t experienced the Rocky Mountains until you see these. We certainly hadn’t. That night, after sampling more of their wonderful hors d’oeuvres (particularly their wild boar pate), we dined at their German resturant. I had a salad ( which I split with Peter) and he had a bison tenderloin (I had a few bites – just had reached my limit).

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