To continue with my personal A-Z of Canada and following on from last weeks A is for Animals, this week B is for Banff.
Banff in Alberta is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful place in the entire world.
To many skiers Banff is a kind of Mecca so if anyone into winter sports discovered our Christmas holiday destination they would always ask the same question, “Do you ski then?’ to which I always reply “Meh… I fall…a lot!” Quite frankly as a clumsy person I should NEVER be allowed to strap strips of wood to my feet and go on a slippery, steep surface. Bad Idea. The last time we attempted a private lesson with some French guy called Marcelle, the language barrier proved to be a bit of an issue and he evidently mistook my explanation of our previous skiing experience. Five minutes later we were hurtling up a ski lift to a slope well out of our skill level and we all faceplanted as we attempted to get off. We recovered ourselves and followed Marcelle to the top of a piste which looked to me like it belonged on the ‘Ski Sunday’. Marcelle showed us some funky maneuver we were meant to copy and the next thing I remember is a tremendous pain in the back of my head as I hit the snow and hurtled upside down and backwards down the slope. I realised it looked as bad as it felt when I saw the expression on eldest sons face as he kicked off his skis and attempted to run down the slope to help me. Luckily the only real damage was to my pride but while the snow shot down my neck and salopettes as I slid on my back I decided this skiing lark probably wasn’t for me! Nevertheless Banff remains my favourite holiday destination and is far more than a ski resort. Picture perfect views are literally around every corner.
One of my favourite things to do is snowmobiling, I’m much more comfortable with an engine under me than a pair of skis. 😀
Ice skating, hiking and generally admiring the views in a stunning location is more than I could hope for in a holiday destination and Banff has it all.
The world famous Lake Louise is a 10 minute drive away and it really is as stunning as the pictures in the magazines, even in the depths of winter.
Banff epitomises all Canada has to offer, the stunning natural beauty and warm, friendly people. If it’s not already on your bucket list, put it on. 😀