The Canadian Rockies are truly magical in the winter. Never before have I seen so many majestic mountains altogether. And somehow this California girl survived the cold, though I had some doubts if I would!
[Vacation days used: 1 out of 10]
Day 1 (Friday)
Arrival in Banff around 11am with my friend Brianne. We walked around downtown Banff a bit and went to our hostel to be picked up by Discover Banff for a 1:30 snowshoe tour (a first-time for both Brianne and me!).
We were picked up at the hostel by our lovely tour guide Hugh. We visited Marble Canyon, where water has carved into gorgeous rock and given it a marble-like appearance. Part of the tour included a serving of Canadian hot maple taffy dipped in the snow!
I’d highly recommend this tour. You don’t need to be super fit; the pace is easy to keep up with, and the distance isn’t far. Snowshoeing was surprisingly much easier than I’d expected.
Social butterflies that Bri and I are, we became instant friends with the others in our tour group and all went to Nourish for an early dinner afterward. The nachos were incredible.
Day 2 (Saturday)
We were picked up from our hostel at 8:30am for another tour with Discover Banff, this time a wildlife tour. Unfortunately, we did not see any wildlife (with the exception of a squirrel scampering across the road), but we had the opportunity to walk through the gorgeous, historic Fairmont Hotel. We also were able to see some incredible sites.
We went to Toque to warm up and enjoy a lunch of nachos (again? Yes, again…). We then drove to Lake Louise, which was completely frozen but still magnificent.
Explored some of the pubs in Downtown Banff! Park Distillery was a large space with a cozy feel and was the perfect place to end the evening with a cider.
Day 3 (Sunday)
One of the highlights of our adventure was a guided tour at the Kamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, where we fed and spent time with wolf-dog hybrids! Wolf-dogs are sent to this sanctuary for a variety of reasons. While they are too wild to be pets, the ones we met were quite friendly and had dog-like behaviors. Brianne and I were glad we signed up for the group tour as opposed to the self-guided one, as the group tour allows you to actually interact with the animals.
If you find yourself in Banff, be sure to stop by this place. I’m so thankful I did, and it was the perfect end to an amazing weekend.
Lunch at Tim Horton’s (classic!) before heading off to the airport for my flight back. And I made it to work on Monday morning in one piece!