After a very rainy week in Vancouver I hopped on a quick flight to Calgary. And while Alberta was much colder in temperature, I was thankful for the cheerful blue sunny skies. I arrived in Calgary late on Saturday which meant I had the entire day on Sunday to explore, and with Banff being a short one hour drive away, I just had to go and see what all the hype was about.
Even just the drive from Calgary to Banff was incredible! I was in awe watching the Rockies slowly pop up from the flat planes. The mountains stretched as far as my eyes could possibly see to the north and south, and the closer I got the larger and more majestic the mountains became.
The town of Banff is actually quite small with a population of less than 8,000 people, but was bustling with tourists even in Feburary. My mom had highly recommended that I take the Gondola up Sulphur Mountain as she had, so after a tasty baked salmon lunch at Coyotes South Western Grill, I drove to the base and bought my ticket. At first I was shocked at the price, $34.96 for an adult, but I soon realized it was worth every penny.
Even after seeing a variety of mountain ranges all over the world, I was still overwhelmed by the beauty of the Rockies as I stepped out of the gondola. The sheer number of mountains was staggering and wherever I looked there was an infinite view of snow covered peaks. The scene had me tearing up, and not just because the cold wind was blowing in my eyes. I felt a real patriotic connection to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and I felt very proud to belong to such a beautiful country.
While my photographs cannot even begin to justify the beauty of The Rockies, here are a few snapshots I took.
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