Some things are truly worth the wait and my honeymoon is one of them. We got married in 2007 and knew that we wanted to do our honeymoon in Banff, Canada where we first met. Time and money usually got in the way of making it happen but finally the stars aligned and we made it happen this year. Here’s part 1 of 3 to a quick recap of being away for 2 weeks.
It takes a little more than 24hours for us to get to Vancouver. The transit in Taipei was quite a while and of course, I filled up on yummy veggie dumplings 🙂 We landed in Vancouver at 8pm and the sun was’t even down yet. I love summers in Canada!! Actually I love summers everywhere.
Day 1 saw us going into the States where my Father-in-law recently bought a cabin on Mount Baker. It was a lovely getaway and just what we needed to get into the time zone. There’s something your body gets from nature.
Day 2 was my husband’s 39th birthday and he was so happy to be back home celebrating it with family. Birthday celebrations were at my sister-in-law’s new place where we chanced on a couple of deers who didn’t seem to mind us at all.
For the birthday celebrations, my sister-in-law cooked up a dinner and made an awesome vegan carrot cake. Needless to say by the end of the night, we were all satiably in need of a bed.
My husband and I stayed over at my sister-in-law’s and got in some work on day 3. Picked up our rental car for the road trip and went to the Naam for dinner. It is my favourite vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver!! I could eat there EVERYDAY 🙂 Had an apple blueberry pie BEFORE dinner and was again very happy by the end of the night. I’ve come to realise vegan desserts make me very happy.
Day 4 was the official start of the honeymoon and after lunch, we drove out of Vancouver towards Banff. It would take about 8 over hours so we broke the trip up and planned to stop in Sicamous. I’m so very glad we did. We ended up at Owlhead Creek B&B and I would go back again for sure.
If nothing else, Deb the owner, makes AMAZING breakfast. The best we had the whole honeymoon. I would consider moving back to Vancouver just so I can take long weekend breaks at the Owlhead Creek B&B :p The surrounding trails were beautiful.
After a quick hike where I saw the biggest pine cone ever and a wooden branch that looks like an iguana, we were back on the road towards to Banff.
The views on the road were stunning and we stopped at the rest stops just to take them in. My favourite stop was the Northern Light Wildlife Wolf Centre.
Everyone knows I’m not crazy about zoos and aquariums. I understand the necessity for them but I’m not crazy about them. Same with this center, I totally understand the need and appreciate the fact that I could be looking straight at wolves. Yet a little part of me was sad. I would never like to be enclosed and I guess that empathy for wild animals is why I’m not crazy about zoos and aquariums. That said, if you are in the area, it is worth checking them out. While I’m not crazy about enclosures, I’m all for helping 🙂 We bade farewell to the pack, went back on the road and arrived in Banff ready for dinner.
Once we settled in our cozy cabin, we took a quick walk to the only vegan restaurant in Banff, Nourish Bistro. It was a little expensive for what they were serving but not bad at all 🙂
Part 2 and 3 coming up.