A few weeks ago, Matt and I went to Alberta to meet our newest nephew Troy. We flew out on a Friday evening and my brother Rob picked us up at the airport in Edmonton. We stayed with Rob and my sister-in-law Jacquie for a few nights and had such a nice visit with them and Baby Troy – when it was time to leave I seriously regretted not planning a longer stay. But eventually we left and picked up our rental car and headed to Banff.
Roadside views on the way to Banff.
Rob had told Matt a route to take to Banff and it was so much nicer than the straight, boring highway. The views were absolutely stunning and the 4+ hour drive went by so fast – even including a few stops to take pictures. We got to our hotel in Banff around 9pm so we just took it easy and had some drinks in our room (and watched Fargo season 3… SO GOOD by the way!).
The next day we drove to Lake Louise which is a sight to see, I must say. We got there early, before the droves of other tourists arrived, so it was nice to enjoy the views to ourselves for a bit.
Enjoying the view from the red chairs.
Afterwards we went back to our to hotel and figured out our plans for the rest of the day. We drove up the mountain to a lookout spot with two red Adirondack chairs – there were just a couple other people there so once it was our turn we had the spot to ourselves. Next we went to the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Resort. It is literally a castle that makes you feel like Belle and is surrounded by beautiful, picturesque views.
Next we walked along Banff Avenue and went inside the cute shops to do a bit of shopping and then grabbed some dinner. To end the night, we went back to our hotel to have some drinks and finished Fargo (I love having a show to watch during the down-time of a trip in the hotel… for our Paris trip last year we watched the first season of Ozark!).
McLarens in the mountains.
Our last day we relaxed before heading to Calgary, where we were flying home from. The drive there wasn’t as scenic as the drive from Edmonton to Banff but it also wasn’t as long either. We had such a great trip and I would love to go back someday. The mountain views are indescribable and while we got some amazing pictures, the only way to truly appreciate them is to stand in their midst and take them in in person, in the moment.