Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (Banff/Jasper Vacation)

13 Things I've Loved About My Vacation

1) Horseback riding in Jasper National Park.
2) Discovering a hidden lake with my sister's name.
3) Hiking through the woods with Raj behind me convinced that bears were going to eat us.
4) The tea house on Lake Agnes.
5) Sleeping in and snuggling.
6) The drive from Banff to Jasper through the mountains listening to Radiohead.
7) Sampling the Canadian microbrews.
8) B&Bs, and the fact that Raj found us a beautiful one on a island outside of Vancouver.
9) Canadians, eh.
10) The woods, mountains, lakes and gorgeous natural scenery.
11) The promise of shopping and a bit of pampering in Vancouver.
12) Snacking on the best caramel kettle corn ever while hiking through Banff.
13) No Dragon Lady!

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Gypsy said...

I'm so jealous!! And glad you had a wonderful time.

Tracy said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation in a Winter Wonderland!

Janet said...

ahhhh, that tea house sounds awesome!

InterstellarLass said...

Oh man! That sounds like soooo much fun! I'm totally jealous. But I'm glad you're having a good time!

I did a TT today too.

wordnerd said...

This was your best list yet!

Aperture said...

I just stumbled on your blog from a link somewhere else, and link from somewhere know how that goes. Welcome to Alberta and particularly, welcome to the wonder that is Banff and Jasper National Parks. If you come back to visit us, ride the Gondola, up the mountain, in Banff, if you didn't get a chance to this time. And visit the Hot Springs, and even do the self-directed 'tour' of the old site.

The snow you saw - not exactly 'normal' for this time of the year, but not entirely rare either. You got 'lucky' lol. However, you really have to come back and visit in the winter - come near Christmas, because Banff and Lake Louise are absolutely spectacular, all decked out in their holiday finery, glistening in the winter air. It is truly magnificent, particularly the Banff Springs Hotel, both inside and out - the Chateau Lake Louise is also quite something.

If you get a chance to, whilst you are on the island, visit a little town called Chemainus. It's more or less exactly half way between Victoria and Nanaimo. I think you will enjoy it - and there are several B&B's there also, if I recall correctly. There's a tiny little old fashioned cafe, though I don't recall the name, but it has the most wonderful food - good old comfort food. There's another restaurant that I also don't recall the name of (hey what can I say, I have no memory), but they had absolutely wonderful greek food there. And if you want ice cream to die for, I believe the place is called Billy's Delight. If they still carry it, you MUST try the Jamocha Almond Fudge. It has unique little shops, lots of artistic flair, and it's very charming. There is a fabulous coffee shop/book store near the wharf.

Enjoy your visit to Canada - and do come back. :)

From an American living in Canada....

Bacchus said...

the lake carrying our sister's name, anything good or coincidental?

jamocha almond fudge, i'm sticking to caramel cone...

Buttercup said...

Aperture - Thanks for all the info! Unfortunately I am just getting this today (Monday, 25th) and have already left beautiful Canada. I'm so sad!! However, I have big plans to go back and will keep your wonderful suggestions in mind!

Ladies - Thanks! Pictures will be forthcoming.

Bacchus - The lake was serene and peaceful. Beautiful, like Bean.