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Banff City Guide

I’m little behind on this post, but there’s no way I’d forget to wrap up the trip I took to Banff, Alberta! Banff is in the middle of a national park and it’s seriously unreal. The beauty of the mountains, trees, and the colour of Lake Louise water alone makes this town look straight out of a fairy tale. It’s a great mix of outdoors, nice people, a relaxing atmosphere, and pure beauty. I felt like  I was in the Swiss Alps (on my bucket list), minus the travel time to Europe.

WHERE TO STAY?

DSC01218Fairmont Banff Springs – This is where I stayed, and remember the fairy vibes I was talking about in my Insta story? The Fairmont is basically a castle perched up in the middle of THOUSANDS of trees. It’s even known as Canada’s “Castle of the Rockies”,and has been around for 100 years +! The grounds are huge, luxurious, and stunning – it’s really what vaca are made of. The location makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere ( in a good way) but it’s actually close to downtown Banff. I’d recommend this hotel to anyone looking to treat yourself, because this place had all the amenities…and to my Disney lovers because you’ll feel like princess- or prince!IMG_2036FullSizeRender (2)

 

THINGS TO DO

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  1. Banff Gondola – For the sightseers, the Banff Gondola ride is the best way to capture the beauty of the mountains. an eight-minute ride will take you to the peak of Sulphur Mountain where you can surely witness the Canadians mountains. This might not be the activity for anyone afraid of heights, but it’s probably worth it earthier way.QTUZ1477
  2. Visit Lake Louise – while in Banff, you Must take advantage of the outdoors. Lake Louise is the perfect place to find trails, go canoeing, or climb up the Canadian Rockies. While there, don’t miss out on taking some gorgeous photos of Lake Louis.DSC01571
  3. Plain of six Glaciers Tea House – the trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House takes you up close to the heart of Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. This is one of our favourite hikes in the Lake Louise area. It offers incredible views, opportunities to see wildlife and best of all the option to relax with a cup of hot tea. It is a moderately challenging hike that can be accomplished by people of average fitness.DSC01575FullSizeRender (3)IMG_2034The Plain of Six Glaciers was built by Canadian Pacific Railway, for the enjoyment of their guests at Chateau Lake Louise. The materials for the building were packed-horsed in and sourced from the area. Food supplies were brought in by pack-horse, with staff riding in each day. Today, there is still no road access or electricity and the building is in its original form. The staff hike the same trail as we , but stay on site for 5 days at a time. Everything is made fresh there each day by hand on propane stoves.plain-of-six-glaciers
  4. Banff Via Ferrata –  whether you’re new to the climbing world or an experienced pro, this Via Ferrata tour is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the wonderful scenery of Banff National Park. It’s all made possible by climbing a series of iron cables and ladders, each of which provide a safe, protected, way to challenge yourself and gain a unique viewpoint above this amazing natural area.IMG_9631IMG_9764IMG_9651IMG_9615
  5. Visit Lake Moraine   – this beautiful lake nestled in the mountains is best known for its appearance on the back of the Canadian dollar bill.IMG_9646I really hope you like this post. Let me know if you have a special place in Canada that you think I should visit?

Love,

Olya

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