Tuesday, July 02, 2013
FRANKLIN AVENUE IN BANFF: A Week in the Canadian Rockies
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:
A bird's eye view of the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Elk on the side of the street in Banff.
Vermillion Lakes, outside of Banff.
Banff's farmers' market.
Buffalo Dawgs and Buffalo Smokies.
The Buffalo Smokie.
Two rivers run through Banff; here's one of them.
The Blogger Kid on horseback.
Deer on the side of the bike path in Banff.
The Banff Gondola ferries passengers up the side of Sulphur Mountain.
View from the top.
More of Moraine Lake.
The Franklin Avenue boys take in Lake Louise.
More of Lake Louise.
Lake Louise, with the Fairmont hotel overlooking it.
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.
So I guess this sign is pretty accurate.
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.