Our third day in Banff was meant to be a fairly relaxed one: a mountain climb on the Via Ferrata on Mt. Norquay, a cruise on Lake Minnewanka and finally an evening ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain by gondola. Via Ferrata, or the “iron road or way”, is a protected path for …

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The Fairmont offered an excellent breakfast spread every morning of our stay. The usual continental breakfast with an omelette station, oatmeal, crepes du jour, liege waffles, vegetarian quiches, chicken and pork offerings with a ton of fruits, pastries, cheeses, juices, yogurt. Missy JJ actually enjoyed their oatmeal every morning, dubbing it the best oatmeal she …

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For once, our trip went smoothly and we reached Calgary without a hitch. Our flights landed on time, the bags came through and soon we were at the Budget car rental waiting for our turn. Interestingly, there was a long line but only at the Budget desk. All the others agencies had two or three …

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As if on cue, (or so it seemed), over the last few months, a number of resources just fell in my purview, as I worked towards planning an itinerary for the trip. The first was the blog called The Globetrotting Teacher (TGT). Jackie from TGT has several posts on Banff and Jasper travel, in both …

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For many years now, Mr. JJ and I have been thinking of planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, specifically the Banff and Jasper areas. However, for one reason or another, it never materialized. This summer, thanks to the kids’ decisions, we were limited to only one getaway as a family. With Mr. JJ celebrating …

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