We headed to Whistler again, but just for one night this time around. It was much quieter than it was when we had been there a week earlier...no snowboarding competition, no loud music and school groups on camp instead of revved up young ones! We had a lovely night at the Westin and a delightful dinner and breakfast...the first of MANY, MANY more!!!!!!
The morning arrived early again...aptly named by friends... the 6 - 7 - 8...up at 6am, breakfast at 7am and on the bus at 8am ready to go! This has continued now for a couple of days and won't end until the cruise starts.
The bus is as comfortable as it can be...the group we are with are all Aussies and a nice bunch, but we are the youngest by about 5 years or so. We have had two very long days of travel from Whistler to Kelowna and then on to Banff.
Snow Capped Mountains and Frozen Lakes
The journey to Kelowna was amazing as we went from snow capped mountains to drier farming areas and back through snow and then mountains again and amazing lakes...finishing up in the beautiful Okanagan area of Kelowna. Our hotel was older but right on the river and the boardwalk that surrounds it. They were preparing everything for a major boat show and the upcoming warmer weather...that they assure us really does appear!!!
Winding Roads and Spectacular Scenery
Off to Banff...
Today we travelled up into the Rockies through awesome scenery. We saw magnificent Glaciers, beautiful lakes and evidence of avalanches!!
We travelled through Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven into the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which joins Toronto to Vancouver.
We arrived in Banff and discovered why they don't have to mow their lawns!!!
Just get an Elk for your garden!
We continued up to behold the Castle on the mountain...The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel...surrounded by mountains and still with lots of snow around everywhere. Breathtaking views from every corner!!
We had a magnificent meal at the Banffshire Room at the hotel...an amazing fine dining experience...mmmmmm
Tomorrow we take a tour of the area and explore the township...then it is off to Lake Louise...so excited!!!