Fairmont Hotels and Resorts’ historic mountain hotels share spectacular scenery, discreet service and a plethora of adventures for the ultimate Canadian experience
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts sets the stage for the ultimate in luxury experiences at its four historic resorts located in Canada’s western mountain region: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the grand dame, Fairmont Banff Springs. These landmark properties with their luxurious accommodation, incorporating Fairmont Gold (a “hotel within a hotel”), spas, discerning service, distinctive culinary experiences and awe-inspiring scenery have created millions of memories for guests around the world, from celebrities to royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II.
While each resort is distinctive in character and architecture, they all share a quintessentially Canadian mountain landscape. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, in British Columbia, sits at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and is the destination’s premier ski-in, ski-out hotel and golf resort. The “Castle in the Rockies” Fairmont Banff Springs is a striking baronial landmark in Alberta, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. A 45-minute drive north of the castle resides Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, famed for its views of the Victoria Glacier and Lake Louise, which boasts an extraordinary turquoise hue in summer. From the lake, guests can take one of the world’s most stunning drives, The Icefields Parkway, to Jasper. Located in Jasper National Park, which holds the designation of the most accessible Dark Sky Preserve in the world, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is spread over 700 glorious acres and lakeland shores; its luxurious and comfortable accommodation comprises a collection of 14 signature one- to eight-bedroom cabins, with Fairmont’s legendary butler service.
These distinctive locations and the resorts’ grand histories have inspired the unique activities and experiences at each property. Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s year-round Whistler Experience Guide programme provides authentic outings with a local guide. Excursions include scenic hikes, bike rides, skiing, paddle boarding and snowshoeing. Yoga, summer Tai Chi and tennis round out its wellness activities.
Fairmont Banff Springs has a rich offering of customisable private experiences, such as forest bathing, stargazing tours and winter adventures that include cross-country skiing. For those who love a crackling campfire, the castle features intimate terrace settings with smokeless fire pits, a fire butler and signature cocktails to order – all overlooking Bow Valley and Rundle Mountain.
Considered an alpinist’s paradise when it first opened in 1892, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has Mountain Adventure Guides ready to take guests on summer explorations. Guided winter activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along the scenic shores of Lake Louise.
At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, guests enjoy a myriad of activities year-round. They can rent a clear-bottom stand-up paddle board, bask in the crystal-clear Lac Beauvert, or use the lodge as a basecamp for national park exploration and guided tours that include stargazing, wildlife watching, winter fat-tyre biking and the popular Maligne Canyon Ice Walk.
Golf fans can take their game to new heights on the golf courses in Fairmont’s Western Mountain Collection, ranked in the top 100 in Canada and renowned for their challenging layouts. From the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed course in Whistler, to the panoramic range in Jasper and Banff by Stanley Thompson, each one comes highly acclaimed. Whatever the activity, it is all part of the ultimate Canadian experience.