When Alfred told me we had an opportunity to go to Banff, Canada, I remember asking him what we were supposed to while we were there. Neither of us skis. Neither of us snowboards. So I thought it would be a sort of lame trip.
We ended up going anyway because circumstances dictated that we head out on this adventure and, boy, was I wrong about it. We had such an amazing time and experienced some very interesting things while we were there.
As soon as we flew into the airport in Calgary, picked up our rental car, and started driving into the mountains, it began to snow. Mind you, it was the pretty much summer back home but in Alberta there was snow falling from the sky. It wasn’t just a little dribble of snow either. It looked like a blizzard and I loved it.
Then when arrived in Banff and approached our hotel, I asked Alfred if he was sure we were going to the right hotel. The Fairmont Banff Springs is an incredible castle of a hotel. It’s breathtaking from the outside and overly posh and luxurious from the inside. It’s definitely one of my favorite hotels we’ve stayed in so far.
As we walked up to the hotel, I was greeted by mule deer eating some grass it’d dug up from under the snow. We were both surprised by each other and just stared. The week started with a hike through the snow around the Vermilion Lakes where we had a great view of the mountains, experienced absolute silence, and saw many animal tracks including bear.
The week would go on to include multiple outdoor excursions, spa treatments, wonderful vistas, and great food.
I highly recommend everyone head to Banff for an outdoor experience surrounded by nature. If it is within your budget then definitely stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs with it’s historic past and incredible vistas. It’s a trip I’d be willing to take again because the experience was just that incredible.
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If you’ve been to Banff, I’d love to know what some of your favorite experiences were.
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