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Canada - Banff

sunny 23 °C

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff epitomises the classic travellers adventure to Canada. A quaint town that is surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. Breathtaking views are available just about anywhere. If you're travelling on the cheap, be cautious in this part of the world (perhaps bring a tent). Hostels are pricey however they aren't really hostels...Hi Hostel Apline Centre is more like a very good ski lodge with loads of facilities.

Banff has a ski village feel with endless gift shops, cafes and hotels - perfectly setup for the 'Trafalgar Tour' crowd! We jumped on the bikes and explored the surrounding area - the Fenland Trail leads to the three Vermillion Lakes with an abundance of wildlife. In the other direction Bow River runs through the town, brilliantly blue and leads to Bow Falls which has the towering Fairmont Hotel as a backdrop. The 'Cave and Basin' natural hot springs were fascinating, with bubbling muti-coloured water and that wonderful sulfur smell!

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On day two we took the Banff Gondola climbing up 698m to an elevation of 2,281m for some of the best views in the area. We were surrounded by mountains with great views of the town and Bow River. The mountain ridges and valleys can be seen for miles! The raised boardwalk across to Sulfur Mountain was also very 'Trafalgar' friendly, well worth it! It would be fascinating to go back in winter and see the whole area covered in snow. After checking out the Cascade Gardens we settled in for some tasty food on the balcony overlooking the main street at Athena Pizza (quality food).

If mountains and adventure float your boat, get yourself to Banff.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 16:00 Archived in Canada

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