A Day in Banff

After sitting around doing nothing but work or school all summer, today my dad, brother, dog, and I finally decided to get out of here, just for the day. And if you live in Calgary, there are only a few places that fall under “just for the day”. 70% of the time we end up in Banff, like today.

But first, we stopped in Cochrane for ice cream.

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I got Cherry Custard. It was amazing.

I never get tired of the farmlands, foothills, mountains, and forests* that go by our window whenever we leave the city to go anywhere exciting. Alberta is beautiful and I’m reminded of the fact every day.

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We weren’t really sure what to do when we arrived in Banff, since our decision to go was made only a quarter of an hour before our actual leaving.

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We checked out the gondola to Sanson’s Peak, but the day was hot and the line was long and we’d been up a couple of times before so we opted out this time. Maybe we’ll go back when tourist season is over and it’s colder out.

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Bow Falls

Instead, we went over to the Bow Falls by Banff Springs Hotel. We hiked along there for a while. Foxy enjoyed sniffing each and every person to pass us.

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When we arrived back at Bow Falls after our small hike, it started raining and we were hungry so we went back to town to eat.

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The mountain overlooking the main street is called Cascade Mountain. It’s beautiful, and definitely one of my favourite things about Banff. Here’s a picture of it from 1887 that was on our menus:

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As much as things have changed since I was a kid, or even just since I started this blog, Cascade Mountain is a dependable constant.

After dinner we walked along the avenue, visiting our usual favourite candy stores and fudge shops as well as some souvenir shops, just for fun.

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This bear lives in the fudge shop and we’ve been taking pictures with it for as long as I can remember.

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When we ran out of ideas and motivation for doing stuff, we went home.

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It was a good day, and it’s comforting to know the mountains will always be there to welcome us back.

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*and prairies, and flatlands, and badlands, and rivers, and lakes, and yellow canola fields…

 

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