Walking distance from downtown Banff, a spectacular view awaits those who ascend the 2.25 km Tunnel Mountain Trail. Located on Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff, the path, wide and well marked, consists of a series of switchbacks, which, although it does continually slope upward, should be manageable for all levels of fitness. Sore muscles and … More Tunnel Mountain Summit
Nestled in a storybook setting, visitors will soon discover that Downtown Banff is laden with wonderful shops, restaurants, gardens, trails and historic attractions. We spent half a day combing the streets, barely scratching the surface of all there is to see. Locals were extremely friendly and helpful, understanding the value of each and every tourist. … More Downtown Banff
On our first walk around Canmore, we were greeted by the Bow River, and so, in an attempt at being neighborly, we stopped for a nice visit!
There are two routes on the Grassi Lakes Trail, a 2.5 mile round trip hike that is rated easy to moderate. On the Upper Grassi Lakes Trail, hikers will find a spacious trail with a gentle uphill slope most of the way. The more difficult trek, the Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail, consists of more narrow … More Grassi Lakes Falls
Located just outside the city limits of Canmore, we decided to that this 2.5 mile roundtrip trek would be a great after dinner activity, dessert for the eyes! The interesting thing about Lake Grassi is its namesake, Lawrence Grassi. An immigrant from Italy, Lawrence worked in the coal mines, and was known for his incredible strength. … More Turquoise Tuesday – Grassi Lakes
I am a planner, no, to be quite honest, when it comes to traveling, I am an over-planner, always having in my arsenal multiple alternatives when Plan A goes awry. As noted previously, we found ourselves at Lake Louise due to a lack of parking at Lake Moraine. “No problem,” I thought, “we can hike … More Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House Trail
Titled “Pigs Flying Out of Rubble,” this quirky mural is located in downtown Canmore. More interesting is the fact that it is the creation of Canmore’s mayor, John Borrowman. When asked what inspired him, he merely quoted Lewis Carroll: “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– … More Pigs Flying in Canada!
Although a little less intense in color, due to the vast, peaceful setting that I encountered, Lake Minnewanka was soon dubbed my favorite attraction. Located about 3 miles north of Banff, this glacier fed lake was named “Lake of the Spirits”, or “Mini-waki” by the Nakoda (Stoney) Tribe, an indigenous people who lived in the … More Another Turquoise Tuesday – Lake Minnewanka