Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend in Banff National Park

One of the couples in our circle here in Calgary was suddenly transferred back to Houston a couple of months ago. It got me to thinking about all the things I'd better hurry up and do in case the same thing happens to us. This weekend we crossed two things off the list.

1. We spent the night at The Banff Springs Hotel. It was originally built for wealthy people who traveled from all over the world to "take the waters" in the Banff hot springs. It still usually costs mucho dinero to secure a room but we were able to take advantage of an off-season special rate. woo-hoo! 

From their official website:

Located in the heart of Banff National Park and styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. 

(Not my photo! It's from wikipedia. All other photos are mine.)

2. Being in the mountains at certain times of the year gives people magical powers which enables them to cross over any body of water without a flotation device. Number 2 on the list of "Things to Do Before We Move" involved  employing those powers. In other words, we walked across the ice on Lake Louise. Yes! It's late April and the ice is still thick enough to walk on.

We headed straight for Lake Louise from Calgary on Saturday morning along a scenic route. We were rewarded with a few animal sightings!

*TIP* If you want to see any of the photos larger, just click on them.

Rocky Mountain Sheep:

Lake Louise

Then off to the hotel in Banff! We checked in and then walked around the golf course behind the hotel:


"Hey! No pictures!!"


The view from our room. Or it might be a mural they taped up outside our window. Even in person, it didn't look real:

We had a fantastic meal at an Italian restaurant that evening and got up in the morning to walk along the golf course again:

Lunch in town and then we headed for home. More sheep!

"You looking at me?" Most of the sheep are looking at me!

Is he sticking his tongue out at me?

It was a really nice weekend. So glad we went.

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Mary Ann said...

What a gorgeous part of the world...right at your finger tips! You and Greg are very lucky!

Anonymous said...

Holy cow! You are lucky and those pictures do not look real... I'm sure they are, but it truly is God's country out there! Too bad you will move before I can afford to visit you there!!! Your NE sista