Finally, we made it to Banff. Peter, my younger brother arrived from San Francisco at 12:30 a.m. and that pretty much signaled that the vacation had truly begun. We are stunned at the cost of food and pretty much everything else in Canada, but otherwise are absolutely having a lovely time. Calgary was so similar to Denver that when we were driving to Banff it felt like driving to Vail.
The only frustration is that our internet connections are too weak to download photos so those will need to follow at a later date. Trust me when I say that the vistas in Banff are worth many a photo moment.
We had lunch at a wonderful restaurant in Banff, the Maple Leaf. The wild game burger and yam fries were a treat. We then headed up the mountain to the Banff Gondola. It went straight up the mountain. From the top, the 360-degree views were amazing. We hiked the easy wooden trail up to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site. I must have taken 100 pictures.
Once back at the bottom we roamed the Banff Springs Hotel and pretended to belong there. But it was back to the town of Canmore just outside the National Park to our fabulous condo-like suite. This great two bedroom suite might not the the Springs Hotel but we love having the living room and kitchen. No complaints here. It's crazy however that it stays light until just past 10:30 p.m. so we find ourselves having dinner at 9:00 p.m. Very European.
Tomorrow we head to Lake Louise and then further north to the Columbia Icefields.