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Published: January 1st 2019
Dawn over Lac des Arcs
Pink light reaches the mountain tops first
The mountains boasted crisp cold on this morning a few days after Christmas. Bold skiers and snowshoers from the Skrastin's Outdoor Club strapped on their gear for an active day at Lake Minnewanka. We, the "townies" stayed on the bus for the short distance to Banff. With great cheer we walked along the streets filled with tourists, winding our way to the pedestrian bridge across the almost frozen Bow River.
Thanking the town workers for an excellently groomed path through the trees, we chatted and strolled in the bright sun and striped dark shadows. In the winter blue of Bow Falls, the river bubbled through the naturally sculpted ice. Glacial snow gleamed from the mountains in all directions.
Climbing up the path and stairs to the Banff Springs Hotel, I discovered the "other" side of the Banff Springs Hotel, where it looks like a huge French chateau. Glad to be warm, we bought lentil soup and turkey sandwiches and lattés. In the order line-up, I heard about the Oak Room, specially decorated for Christmas. Of course, we went to see it, as well as the model of the Hotel splendidly rendered in gingerbread and kilos of candies.
Bow River ice
stroll back through town wandered in and out of crowded stores to look at the sales. Nothing was good enough to overcome the thought of taking off all our layers and layering again in a dressing room. Better to enjoy our relaxed joy amongst the festivities of this winter community.
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