Blogs from Banff, Alberta, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff July 30th 2023

We took the On It bus to Banff, which I booked a month in advance, getting on downtown near City Hall. By the time it picked up additional passengers at the Crowfoot LRT station, the bus was full, mostly of tourists. Rolling into Banff about 11:00, I was shocked at the seemingly endless parking lots on the outskirts – both passenger vehicles and RVs. I did expect the crowds of site-seers in the town centre. Several blocks on Banff Avenue and connecting streets had been pedestrianized, complete with patios for restaurants. We stopped for coffee at Good Earth , which opened into the lobby for the Elk+Avenue Hotel (address of the corner). From there we wandered down Banff Avenue , window-shopping with everyone else. By happenstance, a bench ... read more
Bow Falls
Nomad by Marcos Molina
Bow Falls

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff May 11th 2022

Chris had a work event in Banff, Alberta so I took the opportunity to tag along. This was my first trip to Alberta so I was quite excited to go! I arrived Wednesday afternoon and had the rest of the day to myself so headed into the town centre to do some reconnaissance for the ‘post Shopify’ part of our stay. The people at the Info Centre were super helpful so worth a visit to chat with them to help plan your days. I had booked myself a late afternoon ‘upload’ on the Banff Gondola Sulfur Mountain (Chris did this before I arrived with the Shopifolk); the views at the top of the mountain were spectacular and you realize the scale of these mountains that surround you! This was a pretty epic start to my trip. ... read more
The only bears we saw all week
Inappropriate footwear for Spring hiking
Policmans Creek Boardwalk,  Canmore

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff January 19th 2022

2022 BANFF SNOW SCULPTURES Otters: This sculpture depicts North American river otters as the lively inhabitants of Banff National Park that they are. They represent joy and playfulness, the perfect embodiment of Banff. Created by Susanne Ruseler & David Ducharme from the Kootenays, BC. Spreading Joy: This sculpture is a reminder of the importance of the simple beauty that surrounds us. Created by Susanne Ruseler & David Ducharme from the Kootenays, BC. Sharp Feet: This sculpture prompts us to experience the thrill of going where no one has gone before. Created by Peter Vogelaar & Alex Avelino from Winlaw/Nelson, BC. Kids Gotta Fly: This sculpture embodies childlike playfulness. It doesn't take much....some snow, a hill and a toboggan! Created by Peter Vogelaar & Alex Avelino from Winlaw/Nelson, BC. Mutual Passion and Affection: This sculpture depicts two ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff November 28th 2021

Bankhead is a ghost town which flanks Cascade Mountain and lies just south of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. The Canadian Anthracite Company was the first to open a Cascade Mountain coal mine in Anthracite, Banff in 1886. The difficult slanted coal seams within Cascade Mountain led miners below the water table, causing water to flood into the mine. The Anthracite coal mine ceased operations in 1904. The Canadian Pacific Railway had a voracious appetite for high-quality anthracite coal for its operations. The CPR thus formed the Pacific Coal Company, which began coal mining operations in Bankhead, Alberta in 1903. While the supply of coal underneath Bankhead was plentiful, actually getting at it was another matter. Much of the stuff lay in difficult to access folding and faulted seams that forced miners to dig an ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 11th 2021

Le 11 août 2021, Aujourd'hui, on se fait plaisir et on retourne voir deux des merveilles du parc national de Banff: le lac Louise et le lac Moraine. Nous y étions passés en septembre dernier, pour observer un lever de soleil plutôt grisâtre et morose... Cette fois, c'est drastiquement différent. Le soleil est de la partie et le ciel, d'un bleu à figurer sur une carte postale.On arrive au stationnement pour prendre le bus-navette vers le lac Moraine. Et oui, un bus-navette en pleine nature, car les options de stationnement sont limitées... Très limitées... Il faut prévoir être au lac Moraine nettement AVANT le lever du soleil pour espérer trouver une place pour se garer. Et en été, et bien le soleil, il se lève très tôt... On vend donc l'idée aux filles de faire un ... read more
Les monstres du lac
On peut faire pire comme endroit pour pique-niquer
Charmant lac Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff July 12th 2021

Cascade Gardens The Cascades Of Time Gardens are a little oasis just minutes walking distance from downtown Banff and this morning Pam took us to these beautiful gardens but not before showing stunning views from both sides of the bridge overlooking the Bow River. Parks Canada took over the Brett Sanatorium and Hotel built in the 1880s, when it burned down in 1930 and converted it into the present day gardens. Ontario architect, Walter Beckett, planned the Parks administrative building and the gardens in the ~12 acre site, which was completed in 1935. The gardens were made as a geological garden to explain the geology of Banff National Park. But they evolved into a rock garden with rustic features and extensive floral bedding. Over 50,000 flowers are planted every year. We wandered along the garden’s many ... read more

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