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Chateau Lake Louise

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Day 28 Wednesday 13 October – Chateau Lake Louise

Up at about 8 and breakfast with three bus-loads of Oriental Tourists. The buffet was quite good but not as extensive as the Jasper's. Regardless, there was certainly plenty to eat. After breakfast we walked down to the lake – we'd confirmed that it was still there from our bedroom window.

The appearance was somewhat different to last evening's as the sky was clearer and the sun from a different direction. Jenny was a bit reluctant to 'pose' but I think you'll agree that she looks in good shape with a background to match. Just walking from one side to the other of the lake brings different views of the peaks and the glacier.

We explored some of the many nooks in the Chateau and admired the many enlargements of historic photographs. Packed up and checked out by noon and left our luggage with the Bell Desk for collection later in the afternoon. Had a light lunch and then walked the 2 Km to the head of the lake. Again at every turn the views change and the hotel is placed in perspective with the mountains behind.

Back to the hotel and an interesting chat with a local business man who processes recycled newsprint into house insulation. It was an easy way to pass the time and hear about the area from a local rather than someone in the tourism business.

At 4 the Brewster coach was there to transport us to Banff. Along the way we observed the process of 'twinning' the highway. It is their way of describing the process of turning a two lane highway into a divided dual carriageway. This comes complete with wildlife proof fences on both sides and regular bridges to allow the animals to move from one side to the other. A very impressive operation.

On arrival at the Banff Springs at about 5 our reservation was not recorded. No drama, President's Club membership is recognised and there are ample vacancies. They feel sure that everything is in order and settle us in a room with the promise to 'sort it out' and 'let us know'. Within minutes there's a call from the desk to confirm that all has been resolved.

Funny, it was only this morning that I wrote to Debbie at Cartan Tours

“Our tour with you is only the second ever third party package we've ever booked.  It has been almost an act of faith to turn up with nothing more than a piece of paper and expect that it will be honoured or that the arrangements have actually been made.  It is a great relief when it all happens as predicted.  From the VIA Canadian through to the Fairmont bookings and having the President's Club on record you've exceeded my expectations.”

I must have upset the bookings spirits or something !!


Posted by greynomadm 20:03 Archived in Canada

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If you hadn't told me that it was a ridgey didge photo, I would have guessed that it was shopped for sure. That's just nuts Dad!

What a beautiful place! I can't believe that you didn't check the bookings before you left - such trust!

Love ya

by DrTard

Your trip is bringing back memories for me. I'm almost reliving my life forty four years ago. You will never look at a picture of Lake Louise again without putting yourselves there. Keep having fun. Happy Birthday for Saturday ,Jenny. Love you both. Maria

by mbessems

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