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A Ride to the Top of the Mountain

sunny 72 °F

Good Morning!

After a leisurely start we drove to Banff where we had lunch at an interesting upstairs cafe overlooking the busy street below. It was called the 'Elk & Oarsmen' cafe. We never found out the correlation between the two. From there we drove to Sulfur Mountain to ride the gondola car to the top. The wait line was about 50 minutes but we endured and the time spent was worth it for the view was magnificent. At an elevation of 7,497' it offered spectacular sights of the valleys below showing the ice-blue Bow River and several lakes formed from glacial run-off. The city of Banff and the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel were tiny spects in the distance. A Visitors Center at the summit displayed the history of the area and facts pertaining to the geology and enviornment. A boardwalk was built to allow visitors to climb to the weather station several hundred feet above the visitors center, something that we chose not to do for the wind was strong and cool. It was going on 6:00 pm when we got back to our car so we drove to the Hotel for dinner reservations were for 7:00 pm. While waiting for the dining room we had a 'Happy Hour' glass of wine on the patio overlooking the breath-taking mountain scenery. Our meal in the beautiful dining room was delightful. We both enjoyed salads and mussels from P.E.I. in a buttery wine & garlic broth washed down with a couple glasses of wine, of course. So good! It was one of those 'making memories' experiences that we will remember for many years to come.

Plans for tomorrow are to drive over to Calgary to see the town.

Posted by dixter 07:34 Archived in Canada Tagged banff to last trip

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