Canadian Rockies 2006

The Canadian Rockies make for a great winter or summer destination, and my goal was to experience skiing in the impressive mountains of Western Canada. Our adventures began in early March of 2006 where we spent two days in Calgary and visited the city’s Olympic Park, explored downtown Calgary and sampled exciting cuisine at different Calgary restaurants. We stayed in a Victorian-era bed and breakfast and met a charming couple who were both actors. The husband, Mike Damian, had a regular starring role on the TV drama “The Young and the Restless” and they were in town to shoot a movie.

Then we headed west into the mountains where we stayed for a week in Banff. We went skiing at Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise and got to experience the thrills of west-coast skiing for the first time. We also admired the architectural splendour of some of Canada’s most well-known railroad hotels at the Banff Springs Hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise. I took the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain for a fabulous view over Banff and even experienced my first dog sledding adventure. We capped off our trip with some final explorations of downtown Calgary and a visit to the Calgary Tower.

My husband and I try to go skiing for a week at least once a year and so far we’ve been to about 15 different ski resorts on the east coast, anywhere from Ontario to… Read more.

As so many times before, I used my Airmiles to book our flights to Calgary (with the Westjet Airmiles Mastercard you get to fly out west for only 1600 Airmiles instead of having to use… Read more.

Our 4-hour whirlwind tour provided by our local expert Jocelyne Morrison from Time Out for Touring took us into Alberta’s second most visited attraction outside of the Rockies: Canada Olympic Park, visited every year by… Read more.

After catching a lovely and much needed rest at the historic Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast we set off to explore the immediate neighbourhood, the restaurant area on 4th Street. We were going to walk,… Read more.

This morning after our lovely celebrity breakfast, Nigel and I decided to walk along 4th Street all the way downtown. At 7th Avenue we split up and he went to pick up our rental car…. Read more.

Bed and breakfast travel is one of our favourite ways of discovering new places and the historic Twin Gables B&B is a real treat. It is a 4.5 star-rated bed and breakfast, located in the… Read more.

The Banff Springs Hotel is one of Canada’s luxurious railway hotels that were built between the late 1870s and the late 1920s. The railroad played a critical role in opening up the vast expanses of… Read more.

Driving along the TransCanada Highway On Sunday, after our high-intensity day in Calgary and after stocking up on groceries in the Mount Royal Area,, we left the city to head towards the Rocky Mountains. It… Read more.

We planned on an afternoon of skiing at Sunshine Village, one of the largest ski resorts in Canada. It is located just 15 minutes from Banff, going west on the TransCanada Highway. Sunshine Village is… Read more.

Lake Louise strikes you for two reasons: the absolutely stunning scenery that surrounds it, and its huge size. Lake Louise is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in Canada’s first National Park. It… Read more.

On a crisp winter day, our coldest day so far, with a brilliant blue sky, I got going early at about 7:15 am and drove about 20 minutes from Banff to the tourist town of… Read more.

Our skiing had come to an end and I allocated the last full day in Banff to explore some more local attractions while my husband headed into Calgary to do some shopping. We got going… Read more.

Our last couple of hours before our departure had arrived. We had left Banff at about 9:30 am and got into Calgary just shortly before 11, parked our car just east of downtown and set… Read more.