Thursday, July 07, 2011

Will and Kate spend free night at Lake Louise before Calgary stop

A friendly welcome to the 2010 Calgary Stampede. Photo by Sue Frause.
There was no shortage of speculation about where the royal couple would spend their "free night" on July 6. Many thought they were headed to Jasper National Park, Alberta. Nope. Turns out that Will and Kate hunkered on down in Skoki Lodge in Lake Louise before heading 115 miles west to Calgary July 7.

Skoki Lodge was constructed from 1930-31 and originally owned by the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies. It was renovated in 2004. The backcountry lodge, elevation 7,100 ft., is only accessible by hiking or skiing the 11 km trail. No word if the couple hiked in.

Read my preview story about the royal couple's visit to Calgary in The Huffington Post.