Rocky Mountain High: Beautiful Banff

by Samantha on June 25, 2012

I’m on a Rocky Mountain High. So are my kids.

Having recently returned from a family vacation to Banff, Alberta, we continue to be inspired by the incredible beauty that we experienced in western Canada.

Having grown up in the city and very far away from anything that looks remotely like a mountain range, the experience of seeing the magnificent mountains in all of their glory was awesome in the true sense of the word. Yes, we were at times, speechless. What can you say when this stands before you?

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Or this:

As beautiful as these images may be, they don’t completely capture the true magnificence of the mountains. It’s just something you’ve got to see to believe.

Family vacations always hold the promise of something great; it’s the anticipation of the unknown that really gets you into gear before you leave on your jaunt. Of course there are more practical considerations to be addressed when you’re a parent, but that’s a whole other story all together. Generally speaking, the idea of hitting the road or flying off to an unknown locale gets most of us excited, kids included. This was certainly the case before we arrived in Alberta, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Even so, we were not at all prepared by the incredible beauty that was to greet us when we arrived. We spent most of the trip with our mouths hanging open – literally – as a result of the scenery that abounded. You know it’s good when your kids are rendered speechless ;)

Taking a ride up the side of a mountain and viewing the region from one of many summits was just one of our many memories. Here’s what it looked like from way up high:

A view from the mountains – Banff, Alberta

Going up the gondola to a higher ground was something that my kids will not soon forget.

Coming from the city, we don’t see much in the way of wildlife, save for the squirrels that live outside and the raccoons that try to break into our garbage. Such is life in the big city.

Imagine our surprise and delight when we came across this very cute fellow foraging for berries at the side of the road. My kids were thrilled:

We also saw this cutie, and he wasn’t the least bit shy about saying hello:

A deer at the side of the road in Banff, Alberta

When we weren’t climbing glaciers like this:

The Athabasca Glacier in Banff

we were chilling out and relaxing, like the day we hit this hot spring pool that was completely heated by the water from the Banff Upper Hot Springs:

Banff Upper Hot Springs

In between the sightseeing, we had some down-time and my kids totally enjoyed the room and child-friendly activities at the Douglas Fir Resort. My daughter went down the water slide at the indoor water park at least 30 times, no exaggeration! The twins had to literally be pulled off the climber in the indoor playground. We’ll definitely return there when we go back to Banff. I hope it’s soon.

People have asked me what the best part of the trip was, and honestly, it’s so difficult to say. Being able to experience the great outdoors, the scenic beauty and the much-needed relaxation were as equally important as having family time and watching the kids have fun and enjoy themselves. The jury is still out on what was the most compelling. It seemed like there was something new around every corner – or on every mountaintop.

We made so many amazing memories and took some incredible pictures that there will be more posts to come. Stay tuned for lots more stunning imagery as well as details on where to stay, visit and eat when you’re visiting Banff.

 

 All images copyright Multiple Mayhem Mamma 2012

 

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