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Winter Wonderland

Photo by Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau

Lake Louise scenery is the epitome of Canadian winters. Pillows of snow balance precariously on tree branches beside the frozen blue lake with Victoria Glacier backdrop. If the view isn’t breathtaking enough, give your lungs an extra blast by joining a sleigh ride, skating on the lake by the ice castle or cross-country skiing on lakeside trails (skate/ski rentals are inside the Chateau). The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise beckons with hot drinks, dining delights and shops. Glittering sculptures of ice carved during the Jan 23-25 Ice Magic Festival complement the sublime scenery. — Lisa Stephens