Banff, Alberta Canada
20.09.2011 - 20.09.2011 15 °C
Banff, Banff National Park, Canada
After a reasonable night’s sleep we awoke and looked out the window of our room on the sixth floor. There was a heavy frost on the Banff Springs golf course but the day was looking beautiful. We could see people below all rugged up so we knew it was cool outside. It turned out that at 7am it was -2 °C. The sky was blue and almost cloudless.
Having tidied our belongings, we headed downstairs to enquire as to where the golf club house was. There was a complimentary shuttle bus to it so we took advantage of this offer and headed there. It was disappointing as the goodies we were looking for were not as good as the Jasper samples. So we climbed back on the shuttle bus and headed back. As we crossed the Bow River Bridge, the driver spotted a coyote. It was sitting on the bank below the hotel. Its tail was so bushy and it looked beautiful. The driver said it was waiting to cross the bridge.
Following check out we headed back to where we had seen the coyote as the Bow Falls were there. The golf course was opening slowly as the frost melted. Then it was off into the township of Banff in search of accommodation for the night. We walked along Banff Avenue and sort prices from several places. It was interesting that many of them offered breakfast in their tariff. We decided on the Banff International Hotel as it was close to the town centre and was also reasonable. It offered free internet, laundry facilities that we needed desperately, parking and full breakfast for $15 if we wanted it.
One job out the way so we had to find a place to try to get the movie camera downloaded. One brochure advertised an internet café that downloaded photos so we searched the downstairs of the arcade mentioned. The best way to find this icafe is to find the arcade that has the fudge shop on the right hand side as you enter. OMG it smells so good and looks even better. Anyway the young guy said he would download the files. This ended up taking 5 hours after several hold ups.
I was anxious that we were missing such perfect weather while we sat waiting for the downloading so we left the camera and headed up to the Banff Gondola. We had bought a combined ticket at the Athabasca Glacier yesterday which saved $10 each. The gondola is up near the Rimrock Hotel and it climbs to a height of approximately 7200 feet. It is not good to hang out on a line of wire so high up. I was not game to look down. Ross was enjoying the view. Fortunately there was no breeze, just a smooth ride. I had a good look once I got up there and the view was truly magnificent across the Bow Valley and back to the TransCanada Highway.
Back in Banff Township we booked a restaurant for dinner, started the washing and collected the video camera. We chose a Greek restaurant, Balkan, in the centre of town and the food was delicious. Moussaka was served with rice, potato and some vegies. Now we all know how yummy baklava is. Well they had baklava cheesecake so we shared a piece as I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. Delicious! At around 8.30 a belly dancer started the entertainment. We then had some volunteers do the Zorba the Greek dance followed by the smashing of plates. I am not sure if this happens every night but we certainly enjoyed it.
Banff is one of our favourite places. It is such a pretty village. However, we can’t help but agree with the guide at the glacier who told us what BANFF stands for – Be Advised Nothing For Free!! He had an acronym for Jasper as well but I can’t remember it. It is also hard to believe how many young Aussies work here in Banff - what a life!!