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.

 

My Favourite Places – Banff

Since frigid temperatures are negatively impacting my photography hobby lately, my next few posts are going to be about some of my favourite places.  

A couple of days ago I was looking at pictures from a trip to Banff in October 2012 so I’ll start there.  I could easily place Banff in my top three of my favourite places. The drive from Calgary to Banff still thrills me like it did when I was a little kid and we went there on family camping trips. I feel like I’m going somewhere, like it’s an important place. The mountains in Banff are my favourite mountains because they are the ones I first saw as a kid.  It is one of those iconic places, even the tacky tourist shops appeal to me.  And, on this last trip, I felt grown up enough to actually go into the Banff Springs Hotel, so along with the tacky tourist shops, Welch’s Chocolate Shop and the Canada House Gallery (I like looking at the sculptures), the Rundle Lounge with a spectacular view is one of my new favourite places in Banff.

And… like when I was a little kid, I still watch, with much longing, the mountains disappear in the rearview mirror on the return trip home.  So, here’s hoping 2014 includes a trip to one of my favourite places.

me in Banff - 1978 or 79

me in Banff – must be 1978 or so

driving from Kananaskis to Banff

driving from Kananaskis to Banff

Bow Falls

Bow Falls

this way to...Banff Springs 1Banff Springs 2 Banff Springs 3

Looking down to the Rundle Lounge

Looking down to the Rundle Lounge

view down to Rundle Lounge

Bow River

Bow River

One of my favourite pics I took in Banff last year...

One of my favourite pics I took in Banff last year…

beautiful morning light to start the trip home...

beautiful morning light to start the trip home…