Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?
My favorite vacation spot is the Canadian Rockies, specifically the towns of Banff and Jasper. The people are friendly, and I love the beauty of the mountains and the wildlife. So far I’ve seen elk, moose, grizzly bear, and mountain goats. One of these days I hope to spot a wolf in the wild.
Banff is in the province of Alberta, Canada, and within Banff National Park. Lake Louise, which has its own beautiful hotel, is nearby. From there you can drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. It is also located within a Canadian national park.
2. What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is spectacular and not to be missed. It’s like a castle. Although I can’t afford to stay there, I love to look at the art, visit the specialty shops, and soak in its beauty. The last time I was there, a harpist was playing in the main hallway for everyone to enjoy.
The Icefields Parkway is a spectacular drive between Banff and Jasper. It has towering mountains and glaciers plus you might see mountain goats, elk or bears. It all depends on the season and how lucky you are. If you’re adventurous, you can take a tour and walk on a glacier!
For me, it’s all about getting out into nature. There are hiking trails for every ability level. Some, like the walk at Lake Louise, are paved and suitable for everyone. Others are very steep and strenuous. I usually avoid these harder hikes now and stick to easy to moderate ones. If you plan to visit here, I recommend buying a hiking/trail book, which will have lots of valuable information.
3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?
I don’t know about any special customs or traditions since I’m not Canadian. For me it’s the peacefulness I find there, the fresh pine scented air, and the wildlife that makes this place special. The people I’ve met have always been friendly and welcoming.
4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is my favorite place to have lunch in Banff. In summer you can dine on the patio, surrounded by beautiful flowers, the mountains and cool, fresh air.
In Jasper I recommend Becker’s Chalets for a great dinner. The food was wonderful when I was there a few years ago. There’s also a lodge in Jasper National Park that is smaller than the one in Banff but also a great place to go for lunch or dinner.
5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?
Yes, I’ve visited there 4 or 5 times. Each time I stay a little longer and go a little farther north. I keep going back because I love the mountains and the wildlife. I’m planning to go again in September. I’m hoping to get good pictures of the elk and maybe a bear. Fingers crossed!
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