Most people head to a sunny beach during spring break, but this year we bucked the trend and went north to the Canadian Rockies.
Lake Louise was so beautiful during our honeymoon in July 2009. I wanted to see its winter version, which Joel had enjoyed visiting as a kid. We took advantage of off-season deals and the 150-year anniversary of Canada (free national parks pass!) to visit.
Our first stop was Deer Lodge, steps away from the famous chateau on-site at Lake Louise. We stayed in the lodge’s historic rooms, which means that while Gordy had a room to himself (so convenient for naps!), there was pretty much zero sound privacy (sorry, other hotel guests!). The biggest bonus of this hotel was that our baby monitor reached from Gordy’s room to the hotel lounge, so we were able to hang out and play games while Gordy napped or after he went down for the night.
We loved skiing on the lake with Gordy in his pulk! We also used this hotel as our base for downhill skiing (Joel) and visiting Radium Hot Springs and Banff (Gordy and me).
Our second, shorter stop was to the seriously incredible Emerald Lake Lodge. This spot is west in Yoho National Park, and WOW! The main lodge is a cool log building with a massive game room and sitting rooms with food available. The resort has a bunch of 4-unit cabins of varying fanciness, but all seem to have a great view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Best feature = wood-burning fireplace in every room!
Although we had to whisper a lot during our stay (the lounge was way too far away for our baby monitor), we both really enjoyed the incredible location. We also had a great family hike through the snow around the lake on a sunny day. I definitely want to return here in the summer! …But probably not for an overnight! $$$
On this trip, Gordy learned about napping in the car, swimming in pools, and deepened his love for food squeeze pouches. It was so fun bringing him to Canada for the first time, and we look forward to many more summer and winter visits to the Canadian Rockies!