Friday, September 01, 2006

Western Canada Vacation: Day 1: Banff

Our trip to Western Canada is finally underway We have been in Alberta for only about 12 hours but have been keeping ourselves busy.  Upon arriving in Calgary we picked up our rental car and drove through downtown and past the Canada Olympic Park on our way to Canmore.  We got to Canmore around 2:00 pm which is where we'll be staying for the next couple of nights.  After a quick hour and a half power nap we headed out again for the final 20 km drive to Banff National Park.

The views around here are absolutely amazing!  Even the drive from Calgary was great!  Shannon and I are loving being surrounded by all the mountains and every new turn brings even more breathtaking scenery.

With only a few hours left in our day once we arrived in Banff Town we immediately set out for our first hike, tunnel mountain.  Tunnel mountain is relatively small but the 2.4km hike to the summit still produced amazing views of the surrounding valley. I will post some pictures soon.

After our hike we had worked up an appetite so we headed back to Banff Avenue to do some shopping before going to Earl's for dinner.

Finally, we headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest.  Lots more hiking and sightseeing to do tomorrow!

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