SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
⠀I’ve been to Banff numerous times but I am always enthralled with the little town as if it were my first. Banff, named after its county town in Scotland, is carved into the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta . People from all over the globe flock here to visit its majestic peaks and scenic landscape. Its quaint and charming aura is quite a contrast to the modern bustling of the city in which I live. Wooden lodgings and cabins are a theme throughout the town and the aroma of pine scent the fresh mountain air. The adorable horse-drawn carriage down Banff Avenue completes the cozy, picturesque scene. It is a popular place for boating, hiking and a multitude of other outdoor activities, and you’ll find many Australians living in Banff particularly for the skiing.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀This past weekend I had the experience of visiting Banff again with a friend and while I’ve been there numerous times, this particular experience felt akin to travelling in the traditional sense although it was only a short drive away. It was one of the first times in which I felt I truly explored Banff for it’s nightlife and eateries.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Asides from exploring the town itself, two of my favourite places to visit are the Banff Hot Springs and the infamous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The hot springs boasts a spectacular view that overlooks the mountains while enjoying a steaming hot soak. The water itself is natural mountain spring water that flows through Sulphur Mountain. It is especially enjoyable in the winter months.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel holds a special place in my heart. My family and I frequented it during the winter months when I was younger. Guests are welcomed with hot chocolate and steaming apple cider during that time but it still has its own charm in the summer. The hotel has a luxurious Medieval European feel throughout the premises and one of my most favourite rooms is what I personally like to call the “Great Hall”. Colourful stained glass, plate armour and coat of arms reminiscent of Medieval castles decorate the hall. Its tall romanesque windows reach high into the ceiling, leaving the visitor feeling small and in awe. I’ve always had a sentiment for the place and I make it a point to visit this particular room every chance I get. The entire castle itself is themed with replicas of notable European paintings and I’ve spotted a few of my own favourite tapestries strewn about the place. There are also a number of grand staircases, one in particular leading into a hall where refreshments are served on an open terrace, overlooking Banff’s grandeur below.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀One cannot visit Alberta and not come to Banff. Every street in this fairytale town looks as though it were a postcard. The place makes for a great weekend getaway and it’s hard for me to believe that the little town is an Albertan’s backyard.
Down Banff Avenue