Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FRANKLIN AVENUE IN BANFF: A Week in the Canadian Rockies

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013

Last month I returned to the Banff Media Festival in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada, in order to moderate several panels. The highlight, as I wrote here, was my chat with "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson. But outside of the TV festival, I also brought the family up this year, in order to share the beauty of the region with them. And it didn't disappoint. The weather may have been overcast, but the mountains, the lakes and the nature still thrilled our city bones. It was a week the Franklin Avenue kids won't forget. Some highlights:

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
A bird's eye view of the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Elk on the side of the street in Banff.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Vermillion Lakes, outside of Banff.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Banff's farmers' market.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Buffalo Dawgs and Buffalo Smokies.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
The Buffalo Smokie.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Two rivers run through Banff; here's one of them.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
The Blogger Kid on horseback.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Deer on the side of the bike path in Banff.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
The Banff Gondola ferries passengers up the side of Sulphur Mountain.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
View from the top.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Moraine Lake.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
More of Moraine Lake.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
The Franklin Avenue boys take in Lake Louise.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
More of Lake Louise.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
Lake Louise, with the Fairmont hotel overlooking it.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
I figured it would be cool, but unlikely, that we'd encounter a bear (from a safe distance, of course) on our trip. But sure enough, as we were driving on the freeway back to Calgary, we spotted this little guy on the side of the road (behind the fence). A quick u-turn and we got close enough to snap a few pics.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
So I guess this sign is pretty accurate.

Banff/Lake Louise trip 2013
A trip to Canada isn't complete without the required stop at Tim Horton's. We waited until the very last day of our stay up north to finally enjoy a donut the way Canada intended. And here's a shot of the Tim Horton's located at Calgary's airport.

Last year, I wrote at length about The Town of Banff; the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel; the Banff Gondola Ride; and some Canadian Food Finds.

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