Snapshots of Banff, Travel (Thursday)

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite shots from our wanderings around Banff! I find that some of the best pictures from travelling don’t fit neatly into a post but rather are moments caught throughout. I love travelling with the dogs a) because I love Loki and Thor, and b) because you often get to see parts of towns and cities that you might not otherwise have. I normally don’t walk through residential streets when I travel for no reason. It kind of feels like I’m spying and it’s often out of the way. However, when we are with the dogs, it’s much quieter and a better walk. So, here are my favourite snapshots!

Snapshots of Banff

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Banff Cemetery Walk, Travel Thursday

Being the historian and nerd that I am, of course I sought out some way to learn more of the history of Banff. I’ve already been to the Banff Museum and I wanted to find more of the organic history of the town. While I am not overly interested in Canadian history (far too new for me), I do find the history of mountain and railroad towns quite fascinating- the elite classes of these towns led interesting and complicated lives that are often swept up into the history of the railroad and the mines. So, one afternoon we set out to learn a little more about Banff!

Old Banff Cemetery Walk

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Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Monday

I know that my travel posts are typically on Thursdays, but I don’t want to “drag out” my Banff posts for a month or more to only post on Thursdays! So, here is a Travel Monday post that I hope you enjoy. While my Travel Thursday post was all about my afternoon tea experience at the Fairmont, I spent some time wandering about the hotel before and after. I decided to do a separate post to showcase the rest of the hotel and my time there, so I hope you enjoy!

Fairmont Banff Springs

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Travel Thursday- Banff 2017

Hello all! We made it to Banff in one very long and interesting day. We saw some very boring fields (Eastern Alberta, I’m looking at you), a lot of towns, and some fairly beautiful mountains! I’m incredibly tired but excited to wake up in the Rockies ☺ Continue reading

Banff To-Do List, Travel Thursday

At the beginning of May, I will be heading back to Banff with my dad and brother again- resident dog petter and walker, at your service! While I love just being there and relaxing in such a gorgeous setting, there are a few things that are on my to-do list for this trip. Most of what I plan to do is enjoy the fresh air, get ahead on the blog, and crack through my reading list but I’m going to share a few local to-dos that are at the top of my list!

Banff To-Do List,Travel Thursday

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Travel Thursday, Lake Louise!

When we were in Banff, I had to make sure that we went to Lake Louise! We usually didn’t go to Lake Louise- when you visit in the summer, it doesn’t offer that much for kids under 13. Sure, you can hike, but there are easier hikes to get to. I knew I wanted to see Lake Moraine and the Fairmont, again though, and the hill that they actually ski on! Continue reading

Favourite Places, Canmore and Banff proper

We were able to spend some time just wandering through Banff and Canmore due to the rain in the mountains. I’m not sure that I would want to live there, it seems quite expensive and you would have to go into Calgary quite often to shop, but it would be nice to visit more often. It’s got that quintessential mountain town feeling- like it’s you and nature and a restaurant or two. They really embrace their history, it’s nice to see! 
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Favourite Places, Fenland Loop (Banff)

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Banff; it was peaceful, relaxing, and a chance to get out into nature again! Banff is bigger than some of the other mountain towns but you are never terribly far from nature when you want it. Because Loki and I mostly relaxed in the hotel room while my dad and brother were skiing, we knew we wanted to take him on a longer hike in the afternoon. It wasn’t raining at all, and was a perfect 14°C!

Fenland Loop, Banff,Travel Thursday

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When Loki and I strolled to Moose and Squirrel

Although it rained for most of our Banff trip, it was beautiful on the first morning while the boys were away skiing. I mean, sun shining, birds singing, grass green as can be beautiful. Loki was getting a little restless, and we needed to be away from the room for at least half an hour for the cleaning women. Enter: walkies!  Continue reading