We were on the same cruise with you! It was a great week despite the rain. We were on deck 9, 10, and 11 in forward suites. I have to agree the forward elevators were always crowded. We were at the same lumberjack show with you. I agree, its a little cheesy but a lot of fun. I would recommend booking it on the website vs. through the ship unless you are trying to use your shore ex. credits as it is cheaper to book direct. Super easy to pick them up at the register just before the show as well.
I only wish we made it to see the lake when we drove on our own to Canada, we drove to the sled dog camp in the afternoon and it was not crowded at all. We were the only ones in with the puppies. We turned around and headed back afterwards with plenty of time to drop off the rental car and walk around town before getting back on the ship. Town was a lot less crowded as well.
We downloaded Murray's guide for less than $10 (I believe) and he said that going in the afternoon was better to see wildlife and all of the tour buses would be gone by that time of day. He was right, less traffic and we saw a few bears along the way.
So glad you had a good time!