Our first full day in Banff is day 6, we took it easy. Enjoyed our egg free muffins for breakfast and I’m loving this B&B route we decided on. Then we walked into the town, had lunch and went to the museum.
Found out how the town of Banff was founded and how the love for skiing and mountaineering in Canada started. I particularly love the photo in the bottom left hand corner which are hand made goggles from the late 19th century to face the ice storms in winter.
Day 7 was another road trip in itself. We were going to see the icefields that were a two and a half hour drive away from Banff. It started with my favourite muffins of the week, Cherry Vanilla Crumble Muffins. Then we saw an elk and a Mama bear and her two cubs on the way!!
Again the views were stunning. There is something about water that immediately calms me and something about mountains that humble me. I was often speechless, which is rare for me :p When I finally got to the glacier, I was as excitable as a kid in a candy store.
Being on top of a glacier that feeds into three ocean was quite the thrill for me. I even managed to have a sip of glacier water. It was icy cold and extremely fresh. It was a lovely summer day and in my mind, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like during winter
By the time we came down from the glacier, it was dinner time. The sun was still out but our tummies were ready for dinner and guess what we had. Chinese food!! Yep, in the middle of Canada by the Rockies, we had pretty good Chinese vegetarian food. Can’t wait to bring my parents and my sister there now 🙂
Day 8 saw us being in total tourist mode and getting on the Banff gondola. The queue going up was long but not as long as the line up coming down!! You’d think it’s a ride at Disneyland. All in all, it was worth it 🙂 You can see the whole town of Banff from Mount Sulphur, they did a good job with the board walks and making it friendly for all ages. Again another spot to bring my parents and my sister!!
Day 9 was a long day for us. It started with a pretty hike by Johnston Creek. Again it was friendly for all ages so it was crowded because it was a lovely summer day to be out and about. We took out time and enjoyed the sights and little chipmunks aka pikas along the way. They were chubby little things because everyone was feeding them.
Then it was off to Lake Moraine. A beautiful turquoise lake nestled in the Rockies.
We took a lovely hike along the lake and stumbled on a trail that needed 4 or more people to do. Yes, apparently bears and cougars are less likely to attack if you’re part of a bigger group and noisy. After Lake Moraine, we moved on to Lake Louise.
Less turquoise than Lake Moraine because of the rock flour. So Lake Louise is more green. Then we headed back to Banff. In time for jaunt to the place where we met some 12 years ago 🙂
It was 2001 and during the Banff TV Festival, we met in one of the rooms of the convention center. So it was nostalgic for the both of us to walk through the hallways and the bus stop where we had a brief conversation that is clear in both our memories. A wonderful wrap to a beautiful day 🙂 and part 2 of the post.