Spectacular Setting and Accessible
We spent 3 wonderful nights at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in August 2022 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It’s a huge, beautiful complex with spectacular views across turquoise colored Lake Louise and glaciers, and virtually everything is wheelchair accessible. We stayed in room 417 which was quite spacious with a large accessible bathroom. Our room had a tub which was not accessible (the hotel may offer roll-in shows – I did not inquire). Bed height was 30-31 inches and a bit high for me but manageable. No clearance under the bed, thus no Hoyer Lift was possible.
The complex has multiple wings but there are large accessible elevators throughout. There are 4 very nice restaurants as well as a coffee / deli – all were very accessible with accessible restrooms nearby.
They offer valet parking and also a self-parking garage which they were redoing when we arrived. A couple disabled parking spaces were available near the elevators, and I parked diagonally across 2 spaces which they said was fine.
Accessing the incredibly beautiful Lake Louise is reasonably easy: You can take an elevator down to the basement level or the paved path around the complex which is a bit circuitous (medium grade) but very doable. The pathway along the lake is nicely paved, accessible and a Must DO. It’s one of the most beautiful lake settings in the world as you look across the lake onto the glaciers and Canadian Rockies.
Just so you know, there is the traditional Fairmont heavy carpet throughout the complex which makes wheelchair rolling a bit tough but good for the cardio I guess.
On the WJAR Index the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise gets a 4 rating. It’s expensive, a bucket list item for me, but we had a magnificent stay with superb food, service and wonderful views everywhere. The spectacular lake setting is among the best in the world. Only drawbacks are the beds are a bit high, the tub in the bathroom was not accessible and accessible parking limited (although they were fine with my diagonal parking).
Excursion Note: If you visit Lake Louise, make sure you drive up the Iceland Parkway Highway toward Jasper. It’s one of the most scenic drives in America and the world. Truly spectacular! I advise avoiding the Columbia Iceland Visitor Center along the way which is among the worst visitor centers I’ve been to, and very difficult to access. They do have large accessible restrooms.
Just 15 minutes from Lake Louise is Lake Moraine which is even more beautiful than Lake Louise (hard to believe but true) and the lake is even a brighter turquoise color – but accessibility is very difficult. You can get to the lake easily but it’s quite hilly with gravel pathways. There is an accessible porta potty at Lake Moraine.