Tourist for an afternoon in Banff
First off, I apologize for the empty post which was published yesterday. I was having issues with my website and this inadvertently got posted while they were fixing it. Here is the full post…
How I traveled to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s yard from the corner of Caribou Ave in Banff I will never know. It wasn’t even winter when we went to PEI but the memory was seeping through a crack in my frozen brain. Perhaps it was my step daughter’s red hair reminding me of Anne of Green Gables or the many tourists enjoying the view.
Fleeting images flooded my mind: I was six or seven and it was a very long drive from Toronto to Prince Edward Island. Quebec was a blur but PEI was green, with beautiful long beaches. Fishing was unbelievable – I don’t think we used bait and just threw the hook into the ocean and pulled out fish after fish. And the lobsters we bought fresh from the harbour. We “played” with them on the kitchen floor, setting up race courses before throwing them into the pot of boiling water. Funny what we remember.
I feel very lucky to be able to drive for an hour and a half and be in Banff – as long as it’s off season and not crazy busy. It is touristy, but I find it fun to escape for a while and to see people from all over the world enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The picture in the header is a reflection of the mountains in the windows of the Banff Springs Hotel. I walked around the outside but didn’t want to explore the interior and get caught smuggling Chester in my coat. The hot pools sure looked inviting though.
I met a nice family visiting from Australia – they were coming out of the North Face Store where they had bought much warmer clothes. Good thing as it was about -15C that day! They were so excited to experience their first white Christmas and I hope they had many stories to share when they returned to Sydney.
There is a candy store on Banff Ave. with a huge variety of sweets. I still remember buying Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans years ago when my dad and stepmom were visiting. My dad was such a good sport eating the earwax, grass and vomit flavoured beans which the kids kindly selected while giggling at his facial expressions.
We stopped at Bow Falls, which was frozen over.
A family was having so much fun posing for pictures and keeping warm at the same time. The youngest was laughing hysterically as it took him a number of tries to jump at the same time as the rest.
With the free National Park passes in 2017, Banff is sure to be very busy, but it is worth stopping by if you are in the area.
Thanks for reading!