|Tunnel Mountain in the background. |
There are pockets of snow on top.
Banff reminds us of Gatlinburg on a grand scale even though it is still quaint, clean and enjoyable.
|Banff is named for Banffshire, Scotland, birthplace of a major financier of the Canadian Pacific Railway.|
Almost everything is made of log and I'm talking BIG logs. Logging is still really big business here and several times today, Wayne and I both smelled the wood. Nice. We rode around town and found the golf course in the shadow of this huge mountain.
|Golf course, of course.|
|See the top of the golf cart on the right.|
Bow River runs through the town of Banff and Bow Falls is a scenic part of the river near the golf course, Banff Park National Museum and Banff Springs Hotel National Historic Sites.
|In front of Bow Falls|
|Lexie isn't impressed by the historical significance of the Banff Springs Hotel (behind).|
Furthermore, she HATES the sound of waterfalls.
History of Banff Springs HotelNow part of the Fairmont Hotel chain, Banff Springs Hotel was built in the late 1880's at the instigation of the Canadian Pacific Railway president. It was a railway hotel built in the Scottish Baronial style originally as a wooden shingle structure. The hotel cost $250,000 to build but, due to an error, the hotel's back was turned to the beautiful mountain view. In 1911 the hotel was completely rebuilt of concrete and stone.
|Originally the hotel could be seen from miles around.|
Today, evergreens surround the hotel and it can easily be missed.
|At Bow Falls, we met this nice couple who asked about Lexie.|
Their Maltese lived to be 19 years and 8 months old. It's ashes are carried in a small container in her purse.
She nearly cried talking about it.
|The sunny day gave way to a few sprinkles so we made a quick dash back to the car. |
(We're all made of sugar so we feared we'd melt)
|A gondola can be taken to outrageous mountain heights. |
Lexie isn't allow on gondolas and if Lexie don't go... we don't go.
|Buffalo sausage pizza. Yum. It was S-O-O-O good. |
We topped it with chili oil and honey. Yes, honey. Sweet and savory.
Lexie sat in her Outward Hound and displayed perfect manners.
She got a treat after.
Tomorrow we'll take a drive down to see Lake Louise.
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