Why Lake Louise Holds A Special Place In My Heart

by Fraser

Out of all the places I’ve snowboarded this past decade, my favourite place has to be Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Lake Louise will always hold a special place in my heart. There are a number of reasons but the biggest reason has to be nostalgia – it’s where I proposed to my wife on a starry cold night back in January 2006 in an ice castle sitting on Lake Louise (pictures below). To be fair, I winged it having never visited Lake Louise before but Lake Louise came up trumps when someone kindly built an ice castle on a frozen lake to stage my proposal. I really couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting, so thank you whoever built it 🙂

Lake Louise has some seriously jaw dropping scenery everywhere you turn. I can’t imagine how beautiful this place is during the summer months. If the photographs I’ve seen are anything to go by, it’s spectacular.

In terms of ski / snowboard holidays – if you’re after a lively night scene with pubs and clubs, Lake Louise will certainly not be for you.

But if you’re looking for a holiday with some of the best snowboarding terrain, epic powder, brilliant ski lifts, stunning scenery, romantic settings, fantastic places to dine and exhilarating apres-ski activities then Lake Louise ticks all these boxes and more.

I could easily harp on all day about how special Lake Louise is, but if you get the chance, go for yourself and experience it. You won’t be disappointed.

Here are some photographs I took during our time in Lake Louise, full of special memories. We will definitely go back one day with our two boys.


Lake Louise is a winter wonderland

This turned up at our hotel...even though holidays had come and gone

This turned up at our hotel…even though the holidays had come and gone

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Thigh burn presents a good opportunity for a photo


You can’t help but take photographs of this place…even if you should be listening to your instructor


You’re guaranteed a shed load of snow in Lake Louise!


Quite possibly the best fun you can have away from the slopes on a snowboard trip…go snowmobiling. I will do this whenever I possibly can.

Lake Louise Ski Holiday 5

The ice castle…where I popped the question.

Lake Louise Ski Holiday 1

A better view of the same ice castle

Lake Louise Ski Holiday 2

Dog sledging was an amazing experience in an amazing setting


Typical tree lined runs and epic scenery all around you


Lake Louise in the distance…where the ice castle can be found


Trees, powder, scenery & hardly anyone around…sheer bliss.


Off the lift and scenery like this greets you.

Lake Louise 2080

You can’t beat an outdoor hot tub after a long day snowboarding


Horse drawn sleigh rides are available around the lake

Lake Louise 2092

We fell in love with Lake Louise, pure and simple.

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