#myBanff, I love you. “What a beautiful story, Elena. So glad you came back to Canada. I can tell from our past conversations, and this article, that Western Canada really spoke to your heart. So so so wonderful! Are you still out there? You know the door in Toronto is always open if you need a place.”
Thank you, sweet Nathalie.
Western Canada. “Why am I not surprised …”, my dear friends are saying, smiles pouring in from all corners of the world.
If you haven’t been to Western Canada, and Banff National Park in particular, you will want to consider reading on. If you have, just bear (and continue to sigh) with me. Oh Banff. What is it, really, that makes Canada’s oldest national park one of the country’s most coveted spots for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and passion people combined? I cannot tell you all the answers. However, I can certainly help you planting the seeds of adventure. Share a few tips on how to best organise your trip there. Where to go, what not to miss – even if you come on a rather spontaneous note, such as myself, flying in from Europe on a surprise mission to see my friends … 😉
Banff, and indeed Canada, is a place and a country so relaxed, that travelling there becomes one of the easiest tasks in the universe. And more so during winter, when the busy summer crowds shy away from the cold, making way for what is truly spectacular about the Rocky Mountains: The sun-kissed ski slopes. The soothing, natural hot springs. The warmth of a smile, emanating from the the happy local people you will meet there.
Flying, driving, staying in #myBanff : Here are some travel tips to get you geared up for a winter trip to the Canadian Rockies.
” .. Remaining flight time is about one hour and twenty minutes. If you want winter, you’ll certainly get it in Calgary. The outside temperature there is minus sixteen degrees ..” I smile, listening to the pilot speaking on my Air Canada flight from Toronto to Calgary. And yet: Calgary is nothing compared to what is about to come! Straight from Alberta’s gateway city into the Rocky Mountains (Calgary is closest to Banff, at “only” 120 kilometres approximately), I once more take up the smooth & reliable transfer service of the Banff Airporter, which provides a direct connection from YYC Calgary International Airport to the towns of Banff & Canmore. It is there where I get my first feel of what have been the lowest temperatures I have ever experienced in my whole life: -27°C. Biting against the stark silhouette of the moon-lit Rocky Mountain chain that is to greet me upon my arrival. Wow. Check this out.
Check out my travel video for a good impression of what a trip with the Banff Airporter is like, and let yourself be sucked into the magic of a road trip across the Rockies:
I have also published a photo gallery that will give you more impressions of my trip with the Banff Airporter:
Staying in Banff (even if you don’t ski) has many options for you to enjoy winter here.
Wander = wonder. Everything in and around Banff is beautiful, no matter the season. The town, which totals about 10.000 inhabitants, is made up of some of the most mindful, heartwarming people I have met in recent times, second only to my experience of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Both places draw a crowd of humble local residents, who are passionate about their natural surroundings, and who indulge in sharing their passion through either art, outdoor adventure, or any kind of creative pursuit. No wonder a naturally curious, soulful traveller like me finds a haven of peace there, a home to rest from a busy life elsewhere. Here are some tips my beautiful Banff community has allowed me to experience:
Now finally, for the love of ski.
Earlier on, I have shared with you my enthusiasm for “shredding powder in Banff National Park” thanks to a perfectly suited, tri-area lift ticket with Ski Banff Canada’s Big 3. This ticket can be purchased online and gets cheaper the earlier you buy it in the season, or the more days you decide to ski. Just why you will want to ski more at either of the three resorts Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, and Lake Louise, is explained here:
My Facebook video, too, has earned raving reviews and reached more than 22.000 people to date, being viewed close to 4.000 times: “Absolutely amazing … Looks like paradise on Earth … Can’t wait to experience it!”, are just some of the heartwarming comments I have received there.
Must be the magic of the Rocky Mountains, really. Check this out.
Here now is what the tri-area lift ticket, and #SkiBig3, looks like in pictures.
See you soon for more!
More ski news here: #SkiBig3 in the Canadian Rockies : Shredding Powder in Banff National Park.
What about the most perfect road trip through the Rockies: Between Banff & Jasper: The most beautiful 300 kilometres on Earth.
Why Banff stole my heart in the first place: Banff & beyond: #ExploreCanada the local way.
Why I came back a second time in just under two months: #myBanff Mountain Film & Book Festival & other travel delights in the Canadian Rockies
Why I came back a .. Oh well, what’s that story on the birthday cake there, anyway …? 😉 12.000 kilometres for a birthday cake. “Oh Canada, eh!”