Thursday, August 27, 2009

Banff, Alberta, Canada

A day after my nephew's wedding, I planned on leaving Edmonton very early in the morning for Calgary. Since it is only about a 3 hours drive, I figured my wife and I could get there and have enough time for the remainder of the day and the better part of the night to get a feel for the city. I did not factored in my relatives' plan for the day and getting lost along the way. They persuaded my wife and I to stay a bit longer, enough for lunch at their house and to check out West Edmonton mall before we leave the city. The lunch took forever to end and it was almost 4 pm when I checked my watch! I had to tell them we've got to leave for Calgary and we'll stop by the Edmonton mall on our way back.

On the road to Calgary, I missed the junction (thanks to my excellent navigator, my wife) to the city and by the time we realized it, we were already half an hour passed our destination for the day. I tried to turn back but their highway or trailway or whatever they call their freeways (as we in California call ours) is complicated to the unfamiliar and we kept missing the onramp. I saw a casino inn and I decided to call it a night and checked-in instead. What can be a better deal than this place to sleep or rest LOL. Forget about Calgary for now, we'll head for Banff in the morning.


My nephew and his new bride on the dance floor.


On the road to Calgary


The highway signs are less prevalent than we are used to in California and unless your map reader-navigator is good or your gps is working you are bound to get lost......many times over.


At last Banff National Park entrance!


On the way to Banff after we paid the entrance fee to the park


If you feel like trying bufallo or caribou meat, this is the place!




Bow River coursing through Banff


Banff


Our lodge at Banff


Pit stop on the way to Lake Louise


Canadian outhouse in the midst of nowhere

10 comments:

Sidney said...

Wow...that is a nice place... and your nephews wedding looks very classy !

bertN said...

I don't know if it was "classy" but I know it was expensive... 250 guests and open bar all night. If I were going to foot the bill I'll probably take the next plane to Timbuktu LOL.

flyingstars said...

Simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Banff National Park is one of my dream destinations in Canada. I've always wanted to go after visiting Vancouver several times but it somehow eludes me (or is it the other way around? he he he).

BlogusVox said...

Ang gara naman ng wedding ng nephew mo. That must have cost a lot.

Alberta pala is like the Great Planes in the States. Nothing for miles but flat land.

Is Banff (how do you pronounce it?)a small town or part of the National park? Ang linis, a good place to retire.

bertN said...

flying stars, thanks! And thank you for your visit, as well.

The Nomadic Pinoy, the next time you visit Vancouver give yourself enough vacation time to see Banff and Jaspers National Parks (malayo-layo from Vancouver but it is worth it.)

BlogusVox, masakit nga daw sa bulsa pero it was worth it to them.

The geography of Alberta changes as you go southward though. Banff is a beautfiful town inside the national park that includes Lake Louise. Most places in Canada, if not all, are clean probably because they are less populated and the people in general, keep it so.

Amar said...

Simply spectacular............

Amar said...

classical look................

dodong flores said...

Nice photos here as always. I love most especially the photos that relates to nature, especially the photo of Lake Louise.

The second and fifth photo is my favorite though...

dodong flores said...

The 8th and 11th photo is beautiful too. I wonder why I didn't say this before...