Blogs from Banff, Alberta, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff » Sunshine January 23rd 2020

What an amazing place to ski!! Banff is the perfect town to stay in with massive ski mountains all around. We have a ski pass for Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. On the first day (I think I mentioned) we went to Norquay, which was nice but there were only about four runs open and Adam was just starting to learn. So on day 2 we went to Sunshine Village, which we ended up going to quite a lot. It’s perfect. There’s a gondola that takes you up the mountains to the chair lifts, and you can get off halfway and ski at the halfway point or you can keep going up the very top to the village, and get the lifts up to the clouds. Unfortunately on our first day in Sunshine we ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff » Norquay January 20th 2020

Welllll what a day. We originally set the alarm for 6am, snoozed til 7am, snoozed til 8am, realised the sun wouldn’t come up til 8:50am, so then officially woke up at 9am. We got the shuttle down to the village (also I asked how we get the shuttle back and they’re actually drop off only, so every time we go to the village we’ll have to do the gruelling, icy walk home) and headed straight to the rental store. We got fitted, paid (which by the way, holy MOLY skiing ain’t cheap), and did the gruelling, icy walk home, but this time carrying skis, poles, boots, helmets and pants. Once again, in freezing, -16 degree weather, it got way too hot. We had to organise a few things before we left, like our lift passes and ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff January 18th 2020

Had a pretty slow day today. We woke up super early (about 5am) to pack up and leave our cute Vancouver bnb to head to Calgary! It was a pretty cold morning, but it is very hard work pushing a suitcase through piles of snow, so we worked up quite a sweat. Made our train two seconds before the doors closed (that would have been a DISASTER) and we arrived at the airport super early/on time depending on who you are. We sent off our luggage and then headed to Subway for breakfast- once again we needed some vegetables. So far, so great. Everything is going smoothly. Until we get to security. There weren’t that many people at vancouver airport at 6:30am, so I wasn’t surprised when Adam was pulled over for a security check before ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 31st 2019

We woke to thunder claps and steady rain. No need to get out of bed then! The thunder stopped - the rain didnt'. We roused eventually and had breakfast. Our plans for a ride to the lake were delayed until the afternoon when the rain was meant to clear. Instead we spent the morning finalising the last week of our trip and trying to book all of our accommodation and connections. When we get back to Vancouver we'll head straight to Seattle by train. We've booked tickets for an NFL game on the Sunday (very excited). We'll head by ferry over to Vancouver Island and spend a night there before heading back to Vancouver by ferry. Tom and I, and maybe Jeff will then head off to Whistler for a day trip while Graeme has other ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 30th 2019

Another relaxing sleep-in this morning followed by a hearty breakfast. We better start riding again soon otherwise we'll be carrying a lot more weight up the Rockies than we planned! Our main adventure today was the Banff Gondola. It was only 7kms from where we're staying so we took the bikes - down the steep hill through town and then up a much longer but less steep hill the other side to get to the Gondola. The Banff Gondola is around 1500m above sea level at it's base and climbs to 2250m at the top - almost Kosciusko height. The ride takes about 10 minutes in little Gondolas that seat four passengers. The views as you climb are breath taking, but not as good as when you get to the top. Looking out over Banff there ... read more
The 4 Amigos
View from the Weather Station to the Gondala Station
Don't feed the Animals - Max $25,000 Fine !!!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 29th 2019

Well, it took until our 14th day in Canada but we've finally had a day not on the bikes - well not in a serious way anyway. We had a decadent sleep-in until 9am before rousing for a leisurely breakfast. We got some house keeping out of the way and then jumped on the bikes (minus the paniers) and headed into town for lunch and to explore. Banff is a bustling tourist town in both the summer and winter. The streets are packed with tourists and every shop seems to be advertising for "Help Wanted". I think I've met more Aussies than local Banff people working here! And why not? It's a great place to come and spend some time having fun before settling down to the harsh realities of life. After a bite to eat ... read more
The Banff Gardens
Banff Gardens
Banff Gardens

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 28th 2019

With only 76kms to ride today we could afford a slightly later start. We made good use of the breafast bar and headed off about 9:15am. Heading off from the Great Divide Lodge we were travelling east. The road was wet as it had rained most of the night. The sun was reflecting off the road creating a bit of glare but we were being escorted by mountains on our left and the river on our right and it was all down hill. What a way to start the day. We arrived at Lake Louise Village 15kms later. It was busier than Bourke Street. People, cars, buses, traffic wardens - it was chaotic. We locked up our bikes and decided to take the free shuttle bus the 7kms (up hill) to the Lake. After waiting 20 ... read more
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 26th 2019

Issy and I walk into the middle of Banff to stock up on supplies. We’re finding it a bit hard to ignore the warning signs about bears, and the need to stock up on bear spray and to do a short course on how to use it before we go anywhere. We were very worried about Emma getting eaten by a bear when she first moved here and was living in a small remote community up in the Rockies. We warned her constantly to be very careful and to take all necessary precautions. We assume she’ll have some bear spray that we can use, but she tells us that she’s never bothered to buy any. This is yet further evidence, if any was needed, that children never listen to their parents. We ask her how bear ... read more
Issy, Emma and me
Bow River Falls
Bow River at the foot of the falls

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 25th 2019

The alarm goes off at 3am, which feels like a couple of hours before we went to bed. Our mood isn’t helped by the knowledge that we have a long and tortuous day of travelling halfway across the world in front of us. Our hotel’s not all that big, but apparently big enough to have someone sitting on the reception desk at 3.30am. She doesn’t speak much English, but she treats us like royalty. She fills a large plastic container with breakfast goodies, then hugs and kisses us both on both cheeks, and looks like she’s about to burst into tears as we disappear off into the night. We feel like we’re leaving a long lost friend, and we’ve only known her for about ten minutes. We drive across to the other end of the island ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff June 19th 2019

Tuesday We made the 45 minute drive south to the beautiful town of Banff for lunch and Wednesday Brett and I played golf at Banff Springs Golf Course. Banff Springs Golf This would be Brett's first time playing this year. A demanding job and a 20 month old doesn't leave much time for golf. Banff Springs is probably the most scenic golf course I've ever played that wasn't on the ocean, just spectacular every where you look. Playing golf with my son is one of the most enjoyable things I get to do. Unfortunately since they moved to New Jersey we don't get to do it very often now, maybe twice a year. That's one of the best things about golf, a 69 year old geezer can play with his 32 year old son, albeit not ... read more
Banff Springs Golf
Banff Springs Golf
Hail Hitting Me

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