Our third day there, we woke up and checked out of The Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise. We were all sad to leave the beautiful view from our window.
We and drove up to the Columbia Icefields. The drive was very gorgeous, kinda long, but worth it. Here are some pics from the drive.
Once we made it to the ice field we took a bus up to the glacier and then rode on a Brewster Ice Explorer on top of the glacier. That thing was huge! The tires were about my height. Anabelle loved the ride. When we got out on top of the glacier, it was like stepping into a crazy cold winter wind storm. It was pretty neat though. Parker only liked it for about 2 minutes, so I kept him cacooned most of the time. Shane and Anabelle filled their water bottles with the glacier water. It was freezing and delicious! Thinking of it, makes me wish I had some right now.
We drove back to Banff and checked into the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the Castle in the Rockies. When we arrived they gave Anabelle a princess crown and she wore it everywhere. (Oh and she carried around her magic want that she received from the staff at the Chateau at Lake Louise). She was in Heaven.
The next day we woke up and went and walked around the town. It was a fun little town with cute shops in a beautiful setting. We wore the kiddos out and they both fell asleep in the umbrella stroller (not the most comfy stroller, but the most convenient for traveling). We went back to the hotel and went on a tour of the hotel, and learned about the history of it. It was gorgeous and massive! There were two weddings going on there at that time of our tour. After the tour we got some a quick dinner in the lounge. We ate some amazing onion soup and chicken caesar salad. We ran off to the hotels' bowling alley and had a super fun night of glow-in-the-dark bowling. I was new experience trying to learn the Canadian 5-pin bowling. It was so hard. Anabelle enjoyed the smaller balls, but none of us were very good at it.
On our fifth day there we took the Banff Gondola up to the top of Sulfur Mountain. It was so pretty. We had an amazing view of the"castle" we were staying at, and Bow River and Falls behind it. At the top we walked out to various view points. What a view that was! That afternoon we went to see Cave and Basin hot springs, and then Lake Minnewanka (the only lake in the national park that allowed motorized boats).
At the top of Sulfur Mountain
Cave and Basin
Oh I love these boys!
On our final day there we drove back to Calgary to catch our flight. Before we checked in our rental car, we stopped at the newly finished Calgary temple. It was a beauty! The stained glass was gorgeous. We love visiting other temples when we travel, it's always a highlight.
Until next time Canada! We LOVED spending our time with you.