We decided to visit Banff for Jesse’s 28th birthday.  We were looking for a destination that was not too far to travel to and doable within a 4 day weekend.   We arrived late Thursday evening and checked into the Airbnb in Canmore which is approximately an hour drive away from Lake Louise and about 15 minutes away from the entrance of Banff National Park. We rested so that we could get up in the morning and head out to Lake Louise and spend some time there.  Luckily we called before to make a reservation at the Fairview Restaurant at Chateau Fairmont where we enjoyed his birthday dinner overlooking a frozen Lake Louise.  I would highly recommend that you make a reservation because if the restaurant gets busy they will stop seating walk ins and only seat hotel guests. We got lucky and had called 30 minutes before we arrived at the hotel. One of the waitresses had informed us that during the busy season (summer) they will not allow non-hotel guests to sit in the patio area overlooking the lake because it gets so packed.

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