Classic Canadiana

A glimpse of the Banff Springs Hotel (someday I’ll stay here, but a visit to the Rundle Lounge in the Hotel is the next best thing!)

banff springs hotel daytime

And further down the road, a sliver of beautiful Lake Louise….

lake louise

Since this is the first of my favourite places I’ve visited (having camped in Banff as a little kid), it’s probably at the top of the list followed by New Orleans, Maui, and Tofino/Ucluelet.  Where to next, that’s what’s on my mind – somewhere new, perhaps.

 

happy place

Some days you just need your happy place.  I have a few..

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

...the mountains...Lake Louise in this pic...

…the mountains…Lake Louise in this pic…

Some happy places are close by...Wascana Park in October

Some happy places are close by…Wascana Park in Regina

Ocean Village Resort at Mackenzie Beach, near Tofino

balcony at Ocean Village Resort at Mackenzie Beach, near Tofino

through the clouds

I’ve been on some pretty cool drives in North America – Maui’s Road to Hana, the Beartooth Highway outside Yellowstone, and Port Alberni to Tofino on Vancouver Island. They all are amazing in their own way and the drive between Banff and Lake Louise is no exception.  Banff will always be one of my favourite places because of scenery like this:

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Safe Passage

There is an abundance of wildlife in Banff National Park and there is also a major highway (The TransCanada) running through the park connecting Banff and Lake Louise.  In order to to give the bears, wolves, elk, moose and all the other wildlife an opportunity to move safely throughout the park there are many underpasses and a few overpasses especially for them. 

(So no these are not pedestrian friendly!)