Monday, September 15, 2008

Banff, Alberta

Near the end of August we had the good fortune to be invited to Banff to attend a wedding. The weekend started with rain and ended with snow but the day of the wedding was clear and warm. As we had some time in the morning we hiked along the river the short distance to the Bow Falls.

There are trails on both sides of the Bow river between Banff and the falls. The falls are close to the townsite, perhaps a leisurely 20 minute walk. On the way you pass below the majestic Banff Springs hotel. We now had to hurry back to our hotel to change and get to the church in time for the wedding.

Hurrying can be difficult when hiking beside the glacier silt laden Bow river. The emerald green colour of the river is stunning.

After the wedding, we grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and did some more exploring before the reception started. We went up to the previously spotted Banff Springs hotel...what a lady! This would be a fabulous place to stay while visiting Banff, however, I'm not sure I want to know the room rates!

After thoroughly exploring the hotel we had time for a quick tour through Banff town and then we were off to enjoy the wedding reception.

The next morning we awoke to wet snow...bye Banff!