Most people love to get away for the weekend in the summertime, but not everyone can afford their champagne taste. A weekend away in Banff and Lake Louise is a terrific option, as the same experience can be customized depending on your budget. Here are some sample itineraries to get excited about that won’t (or will??) break the bank:
1. A Wilderness Weekend
The Canadian Rockies are well known for their dramatic mountains and crystal blue lakes. The hiking in the area is simply out of this world.
Splurge: Indulge in a 3 night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy a full day and a half day guided hike. You can choose a mellow meander around the sapphire, glacial fed lake, or take it up a few notches with the Tea House Hike or a hike into the alpine. When you return, indulge in a Chateau Signature Foot Therapy Treatment at the hotel and soak away the strain of the day. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is one of the area’s top hotels, and service and attention to detail will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and pampered. This package is available throughout the summer, with prices starting from $1740.
Save: The town of Banff is filled with many wonderful hotel options to choose from, and if you can swing it midweek, the prices are extremely reasonable. Try the well known and historic Brewster’s Mountain Lodge located right in the heart of town. Pick up some tasty snacks and supplies from the Wild Flower Bistro located across the street and set out on foot on a free hike and explore the trails, meandering river and wildlife that occasionally find their way to you downtown! To rest at the end of the day, make your way up to Banff Hot Springs and enjoy the natural pools as you relax the day away. For up to date pricing and availability for your dates, check here.
2. A Foodie Weekend
Understated excellence is a good way to describe the culinary experience in the Canadian Rockies. From casual pubs and sandwich shops to upscale fine dining, there is something for everyone!
Splurge: Spend a night at the glorious Rimrock Resort Hotel perched above the town of Banff. Enjoy 4 + star accommodation and indulge in an evening in Western Canada’s only 5 diamond restaurant.
Save: Check out the Special Deals section for your dates for the best offers available. Consider the Banff Aspen Lodge where you get accommodation in a nicely renovated room, and one of the best continental breakfast inclusions in the whole town. When dinner time calls, check out the Banff Ave Brewing Company, Banff’s only brew pub where the beer is made with actual Rocky Mountain water! While not necessarily for every foodie, this is a must try for the true beer connoisseurs!
3. A Spa Getaway
Getting away from it all and checking into the spa is becoming one of the most popular weekend getaways, but it doesn’t have to be overly extravagant!
Splurge: Pampering and The Fairmont Banff Springs often go hand in hand. Stay one night and choose from an assortment of services available at the world class Willow Stream Spa such as full 60 minute massage or body scrub. For added indulgence, upgrade to the Fairmont Gold for some added benefits and pampering. Package prices vary by season and start at around $619 per night based on double occupancy.
Save: Pampering doesn’t always have to come with a heavy price tag. Stay downtown at the Banff Caribou Lodge and book your service at the Red Earth Spa, the hotel’s full service spa including 6 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy and Eminence Organics of Hungary products. Prices depend on the dates – for up to date rates and availability check here.