A Taste of Travel: Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta

by Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Tucked on the shores of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Chateau Lake Louise has long been a getaway for well-known visitors: Prince Rainier of Monaco, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Autry, Edward VIII, the list goes on and on.

Since 1890, the guests have come here to enjoy the spectacular scenery. It was designed as "a hotel for the outdoor adventurer and alpinist" according to Cornelius Van Horne, vice president of the Canadian Pacific Railway that first brought tourism to these Canadian Rockies. His dream was soon realized and the hotel opened on the shores of Lake Louise in the shadow of the Victoria Glacier.

Today the resort has more to offer than ever, following a complete restoration of its guest rooms. Couples can enjoy a full day of romantic activities, whatever the season may be. Winter is often filled with days on the largest ski area in Canada, while summers are spent enjoying alpine walks. Evenings are filled with fine dining and the choices are several. The Poppy Room Family Restaurant, with its unique Bavarian atmosphere, serves diners three meals a day and overlooks the gardens of Lake Louise. The Tom Wilson Dining Room is noted for its Continetal menu. The Victoria Dining Room, restored to the grandeur of 1913, tempts visitors to dine and dance in a wood paneled room with hand painted motifs. Finally, the Edelweiss Dining Room offers European cuisine with many game dishes, all served up with a romantic view of Lake Louise.

Pouding Chomeur

This hearty dessert is a traditional French Canadian dish.

2 tablespoons plus 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups water
1 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 x 8 x 2-inch baking dish.

Mix the two teaspoons of flour into the brown sugar, then place ina saucepan with the water, maple syrup, and butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside.

Whip the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the shortening and mix .

Sift the 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly pour the cooked liquid mixture over the batter. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and the center firm when the pan is shaken. Let stand for 10 minutes then serve warm.Yields: 6-10 servings.