For our year end holidays and getaway (literally), we wanted to go somewhere that is vibrant, warmer and easy to go around i.e. without snow. Somewhere like Las Vegas. However, we discovered we need lots of time and pre-planning for our US visa applications so we dropped the idea of heading south and have choosen Banff National Park instead. Banff is one of the oldest national park in Canada, by the Rockies Mountain. It is 4 hours drive from Edmonton so the distance made it accessible for last minute planning.
I was really glad that Las Vegas didn’t work out and we got to see Banff in winter. Banff was quiet and all white on the contrary. It is the very reason that we found ourselves surprised by the wonderful winter experience here. We have always seen Banff in summer and we didn’t know what to expect in winter.
Our first Banff stop was at the Lake Louise. It was exciting because we got to walk on the frozen Lake Louise, saw a huge ice sculpture, saw people ice skating and playing ice hockey and appreciate the winter scenaries.
My hubby was especially excited because this is the first time we get to look at the Chateau Lake Louise from the lake. It has always been the other way around.
Kay was having a blast walking on snow and ice. She was so busy stomping away, she doesn’t quite care what is going on around her. 😀
Daylight is extremely short in winter hence we didn’t make many stops before we headed back to Banff Town from Lake Louise. Having said that, I have taken some photos on the roads. Here are some interesting ones. 🙂
We saw a few of these “bridges” along the way. They are built for wildlife crossings hence all the trees on the bridges. Wildlife such as bears, mosses, elks, deers, etc. However, we haven’t seen any wildlife throughout our trip except a couple of birds.
In the evening, we strolled along the mainstreet on Banff Town, shopped for souvenirs and had the best ice-cream in Canada, Cows!
This is our finest dining since we got to Canada, at the Maple Leaf Grill and Spirits restaurant. We had wild duck and salmon, both tasty and satisfying. Mmmhmm….
We spent 3 days and 2 nights at the Banff National Park, with a big part of our time in the hotel room, sleeping and watching TV. Besides walking on the Lake Louise and the mainstreet, we have also visited the Banff’s Canada Place sitting on the top of a little hill overlooking the mainstreet, the Bow River and Rockies mountains. Unfortunately, we could not get a clear shot of the mainstreet the day we visited but I have included one that I found from the internet, for your viewing pleasure.
I love the tranquility around the Canada Place in winter. The snow, the historical building and the medieval style gazebo added flavour to the season.
We had an enjoyable time in Banff, with the weather, nature and some peaceful moments.
Needless to say after all the stomping, Kay took a nice long nap on her way home. 😉