After a very pleasant night in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we took the short 35-mile drive to Banff, of course stopping along the way to take pictures of the beautiful mountain range. The glaciers and icefields in Banff National Park differentiate the Canadian Rockies from the Rockies in the United States.
Our accommodations in Banff were at the Caribou Lodge. Décor at the lodge followed the name, and even a towel rack in the bathroom was created of antlers.
Banff offers a visitors’ center where we watched a short video that gave some of the history of the area and suggestions of places to visit. The downtown streets are busy with tourist traffic, but there are many benches along the sidewalks, inviting the weary and the people-watchers to rest for a few minutes.
Many shops and restaurants line the downtown streets, and once again the concept of multicultural was shown in the variety of shops and cuisine offered. We enjoyed a Thai restaurant for lunch, while others in our party sampled Mediterranean food.
While the weather was nearly perfect, in our estimation, it was warmer than normal for the time of the year, and locals commented on how unseasonably warm the 70-80 degree temperatures were.
Several sites that we planned to visit were not yet open for the summer season, but a trip on the Banff Gondola gave us a bird’s eye view of the townsite and surrounding mountains. This is a must-see attraction!