I’m keeping this short and to the point because I have a long to-do list
Canada: June 6th – 13th, 2018
WE LOVED IT!
Mimi, Grampie, and Kimmy joined us.
We spent the first night in Calgary and then drove through Banff (ate a delicious lunch around an outdoor campfire at the Fairmont there)…..
Then we dropped our bags at our Buffalo Farm Airbnb and we went horseback riding. The kids loved it and the scenery was so beautiful!
After horseback riding we walked around the buffalo farm a bit, build a fire, roasted hot dogs for dinner, and ate s’mores for dessert.
Our first night was our warmest with lows “only” in the upper 40’s so Ben, Sadie and Jax slept in the outdoor screened bedroom. Jax was freezing so he didn’t make it all night but Sadie and Ben did. Ben was so cold but Sadie loved it! She wanted to do it again on other evenings but no one was willing to brave the 30/40 degree temperatures.
On Friday we found the Fairmont we had actually intended to go to the first day. We canoed around the beautiful lake (Andi cried the whole time so she and I ended early), ate a delicious lunch, and walked around.
We were going to ride up a lift but it had closed early. We wanted to hike up to see the snow on the mountain but the employee told us we better not because sometimes there are bears. Sure enough, when we were heading back to the car we spotted a bear on the mountain right where we were going to hike to.
That evening we went on a hike to find a fire pit. It ended up being a long, fun, messy journey.
Saturday we toured the buffalo farm with Leo, our host. He put on a great presentation.
Then we went to Kicking Horse Resort for a ride up the mountain, spectacular views, up close look at Boo the Bear, and some delicious Pesto Pecan Pizza (my favorite thing I ate on the trip!).
This was Andi’s first time seeing snow and she was amazed! The kids said it was their favorite part of the trip. They were so cold and wet by the end but they didn’t seem to mind!
We ate dinner and dessert back at our cabin in our warm PJs with a fire going in the fire place!
The closest church was 2 hours away so we spent the cold and drizzly Sunday playing games and driving through Yoho National Park. We ended at Lake Morraine and it was SPECTACULAR! So, so, so pretty. Mimi bought everyone hot chocolate and the kids loved that! Jax, Kimmy and I hiked up to the lookout after Ben, Grampie, and Jax told us how beautiful the view was. It was so, so cold but we were so happy we did it. The views were amazing! It also started snowing when we were at the top of a lookout which made things even more beautiful. Jax was giddy about the snow.
We ended the day back on our buffalo ranch with tin foil dinners and s’mores. Grampie told the kids his conversion story and it was a special family time.
Monday morning we packed up and hiked to see Wapta Falls.
Then we drove to Johnston Falls. My mom did this hike with us and we were so proud of her. The whole path was so beautiful. Also, note to self if we ever return, they had the BEST soft serve ice cream!
In the picture below, I was sitting on the log to the left of Jax’s head when we heard a huge crack and this tree fell over. It was pretty crazy. Little bit of wood went flying and it smelled like the wood section of Home Depot.
After that we were pretty tired to we headed to Canmore to hceck into our hotel. We ate dinner at Rocky Moutain Flatbread Company, and WOW!, was it good!!!! The kids loved our two story hotel room and laughed their heads off when we put them in the jetted tub.
The next morning we went to the Banff Hot Springs and museum. Grampie, Mimi and Kimmy left to go the airport for Kimmy’s flight while we went on another hike to see Grassi Lakes.
After that hike we went back to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. because we loved it so much! Funny thing is, my parents loved it so much that they decided to do the same thing after dropping Kimmy off at the airport so we ate lunch together unexpectedly.
A photographer friend, Jessica Chapinkski, happened to be in Banff at the same time as us so we met up to swap family photoshoots at the top of Lake Moraine. It was so pretty but sooooooo cold! We were all painfully cold but we were still able to get a few good ones before McKay, who is so sensitive to cold weather, broke into tears and we took him back to the car to warm up.
The next morning we packed up and flew home. It was a really fun trip and we would love to return to the same area one day!
We loved all the fresh air, beautiful landscapes, delicious food (surprisingly good food up there!), campfires, animal sightings, and hikes filled with laughter!
A few more videos/pictures from the trip: