Banff is well in our rearview mirror, and we’re glad to check it off the list.
This is a well-delayed post since we’ve been on the go and I’m finally catching up with photos.
We had big dreams of jagged peaks and glaciers, and Banff delivers that in spades.
What is also delivers is tourists, traffic, and high prices.
Here we weren’t IN traffic, we WERE traffic.
We made a single trip into the city proper to find postcards and see the area, and that is more than enough.
When Patagonia and Starbucks are on the main drag, you’re certainly not getting a charming village.
There is a lovely riverfront walk you can do right from town, and the Sundance Canyon Trail is gorgeous and easy to reach from downtown. The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort is beautiful to see, but if you’re planning on staying there you better bring a pretty heavy checkbook with you.
We didn’t opt for the gondola ride, and there were probably lots of people who bailed on plans to ride it up the mountain since the wildfire smoke really limits visibility.
Would we return? Maybe in off-season without the tourists on our way to other Canadian National Parks, but it is definitely not a repeat destination in itself.

Fairytale Land

Fairytale Land at the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort
The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort looks like a fairytale castle at night.


Up The Canyon

Up The Canyon
We didn’t expect the Sundance Canyon hike to be so canyon-ey.


Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect trail outside Banff
This really is an amazing trail!


Horseys

Horseys outside Banff
This horse-drawn carriage ride from Banff Trail Riders is really the pimp way to see the area!



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