After the Fairmont, I headed over to Lake Louise Ski Resort
to hop on the summer gondola, and ride it up to the panoramic viewpoint deck and Wildlife Interpretive Centre. I had never been on a ski lift in the summer, but it felt like a relaxing roller coaster, where you can hear birds tweeting, alpine streams trickling, and even smell the nearby pine trees. At the top, we did a short hike and admired the view of the now tiny blue puddle of Lake Louise, from 2088m (6850ft) in the air.
The highlight of the ski resort: seeing two big grizzly bears hanging out on the grass hillside, right below my feet, as we rode the lift up the mountain, and then seeing them taking a nap on a pile of snow, as we came back down.
As I would be having an early morning flight, I thought it would be best to stick close to Hotel Arts
that night, so I dined in-house at the award winning Raw Bar
Restaurant. I tasted a variety of their best dishes, and absolutely loved every last bite. My favourite dishes were the spicy salmon tartare, maple ginger black cod, and surprisingly, the grilled artisan romaine lettuce.