Monday, 27 October 2014

Places To Visit: Banff, Canada

While in Calgary I also went to Banff National Park. It is the most mesmerizing place I have ever been. I remember searching it on Instagram before I went and I thought it was beautiful and it is a million times more beautiful in person!

The original day we planned to go it was pouring rain and foggy so we rescheduled and I am so glad we did! I recommend heading to Banff in the morning so you can stop at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co for breakfast in Canmore. Their bagels are the best!

On the drive there we pulled over multiple times so that I could get snap happy. On your way you'll be surrounded by beautiful mountain views and blue lakes.

The first lake we went to was Lake Louise. We arrived around lunch time and struggled to find somewhere to park so I would recommend going early in the morning. The lake is absolutely breath taking. Lake Louise is a beautiful turquoise colour thanks to the water coming from the glaciers... no Instagram filter needed here ;)
We also tried to visit Moraine Lake but again it was impossible to get parked, worse than Lake Louise. 

Banff Gondola is something you must do while there! It gives you spectacular views of the mountains and lakes from above. You also get a pretty awesome view of Banff Springs Hotel. The gondola ride takes you to the top of Sulphar Mountain. I was quite scared at first as it started climbing up, haha. Once you get to the top make sure you climb the steps up Sanson's Peak. The steps look steep but the views are totally worth it and you can get some great photos! 

After the gondola ride we popped down to Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for a wander. The hotel is a famous wedding venue as well as simply being known for it's beautiful building and surroundings. We went to one of the hotel's many restaurants and grabbed a quick bite for lunch and a cocktail. I had the cranberry and mojito cocktail. Delicious and refreshing! 

A novelty store in Banff is "Spirit of Christmas." It is an all year round Christmas idea of fun! As I walked in I heard the jingle of Christmas songs and was in my element. I loved looking at all of the moving Christmas houses and ornaments. They also had a Halloween section while I was there!

A photo of a little friend I made in Banff! That is what I loved most about Banff, you never know what you might see!

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