Canada has long been a favourite destination for Getaway
. The vast country is incredibly diverse and has some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
Giaan Rooney realised a dream when she visited Lake Louise in Alberta in winter. She said it was like stepping into a Christmas card. Not only that, she stayed at the Post Hotel, voted the best ski hotel in North America. It was also voted as having the best food in all of the Americas! At 1524m above sea level, Lake Louise is the highest community in Canada. It's surrounded by the natural wonders of Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies and enjoys an abundance of snow.
The Post has a European look, thanks to two Swiss brothers who bought it 28 years ago. They created a little piece of home in Canada. The scenery is comparable to The Engadine, a long valley in the Swiss Alps and is where you will find the very smart and trendy ski area, St Moritz.
The property was a modest mountain lodge in 1942 but it has come a long way since then. Guests can stay in the main chalet or their own log cabin. There are 103 rooms to choose from, all furnished with rustic pine and rich upholstery. Most have fireplaces, balconies and whirlpool tubs.
Temple Mountain Spa is five-star heaven. Relax those muscles after a day of skiing, skating or snowshoeing in pure, warm oxygenated water, and enjoy the aroma of exotic oils. There are eight treatment rooms, his and her steam rooms, lounging area with fireplace and a fitness area. Guests love the 75-minute mud wrap and full-body treatment, and soaking in the Roman-style pool is a most regal experience.
Another indulgence at The Post is dining. Culinary creations are whipped up by a Swiss chef so you are treated to Canadian produce with a European slant. There's a sommelier on hand to help you choose unfamiliar wines. Owner George Schwarz has put together one of the most comprehensive wine lists in Canada. The cellar has an inventory of more than 32,500 bottles and more than 2200 selections of the finest wines available.
Wine Spectator, the authoritative wine magazine of North America, recently awarded the Post Hotel its highest honour The "Grand Award". Just one of four restaurants in Canada to achieve this recognition, it is regarded as the pinnacle of restaurant success worldwide.
It's all enjoyed in the rich ambience of Canadian pine and the warm glow of a grand fieldstone fireplace.
Of course, skiing is the main attraction in this part of the world, but it is just as beautiful in summer. Hiking, riding, fishing, golfing and white water rafting are all popular with those who love the outdoors, but not necessarily the white stuff.
Lake Louise in the Canadian province of Alberta, two hours from Calgary.
Adventure World has four-day packages including accommodation at Post Hotel, horseback riding and a glacier heli-tour starting at $1297 per person twin share.
Air New Zealand has flights to Vancouver from:
- Sydney $2167
- Melbourne $2242
- Brisbane $2264
- Perth $2431
- Adelaide $2442
Sales and validity dates and other conditions apply.
Connections to Calgary are available.
Prices correct at August 12, 2010.
For further information
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476
Level 20, 141 Walker Street
North Sydney 2060
Ph: 1300 363 055 or (02) 8913 0755
Fax: (02) 9956 7707
Post Hotel & Spa
Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0
Ph: +1 403 522 3989
For further travel information
Visas: Australians do not require a visa for stays of up to six months. Passports must be valid for the period of the intended stay.
Electricity: 110V at 60Hz using plugs with two vertical pins.
Time zone: Alberta is GMT -7.
Currency: The Canadian dollar.
International dialling code: +1.