Back in November Mr. Yell and I were able to visit some friends of ours who live in Alberta, Canada. It was such fun to see our sweet friends and enjoy some time in a new place. The last time I had visited Canada was when I was very young, and I was there for a limited amount of time, so it was wonderful to go back.
We visited Banff National Park in Alberta, and it was one of the most incredible places I have been. The mountains were breathtaking and the lake we visited was gorgeous.
Since we went in the winter, most of the trails were closed and some of the roads were too treacherous for driving to make it to other lakes in the park, but this one was such a rewarding place.
If I ever get the chance to visit again, I would like to spend more time at the National Park and just enjoy the outdoors. The mountain air was so pure and wonderful… something that is nonexistent in good ole Louisiana.
The red chairs we found are actually symbolic of the most scenic places in the parks in Canada. Finding the chairs is a fun challenge and lets you know when you have stumbled onto a view not many people get to see.
I always feel most at home in mountain areas. I love the mountains but also the trees and the rivers. This one was so pretty with the blue water and the roar of the water despite the ice. The river was fairly close to downtown Banff (which is in the middle of the park) so it is pretty easy to find.
The mountains surround the cozy downtown and made me feel a bit like I was in Whoville from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It’s always fun to see a little magic in places!
One of my favorite stores we visited in Banff was the Rocky Mountain Soap Company.
All of their soaps are handmade and have natural ingredients for a variety of needs. I bought a bar of vanilla orange facial soap and I love it! They also carry lotions, bath bombs, and lip balms of all scents!
While visiting we made many side stops just to get out in the cool air and enjoy the snow. One of the cutest places was a tiny gas station that also rented little chalets. We were able to stop in to get warm and to enjoy some yummy chocolates!
Cochrane Coffee Traders was the cutest (I know… I use the word “cute” a lot… but how can I not??) coffee shop ever! It had high rafters and a mural depicting a Canadian skyline of mountains. I got a Dirty Chai Latte which is really just a regular chai latte with a shot of espresso… SO GOOD.
Do you have any favorite places or recommendations for Canadian adventures? Do you agree with my suggestions or have any questions? Let me know in the comments or feel free to contact me in the contact section here on the blog.
Much love. Much grace.