by Larry Berle
Did I say 5, in fact this list should be 50 or 500– This place is beautiful and the list of things to do says “stay here all summer” but here are a few of the ones we did in the 4 days we were here.
Stay at Windtower Suites in Canmore.
As you drive toward Banff from the Calgary Airport,Canmore is the first community you come to in the Banff area. This is an all suite hotel and a perfect, reasonably priced hotel from which to explore the Banff area. You can walk to dozens of restaurants or have a quiet dinner in your suite.
Hike to the Tea House
From Banff drive 40 miles to Lake Louise and follow the signs to Chateau Lake Louise. After basking in the beauty of this hotel and its setting on the banks of Lake Louise, head to the right side of the back of the hotel and start up the 2 1/2 mile hike up to the Tea House… The beautiful forest walk takes you to Mirror lake and the Tea House which overlooks the Agnes lake Water fall– What a lovely and invigorating hike.
Eat at Thai it up
We were intrugued by the restaurants name and it did not dissapoint. Its small and quaint with colorful walls and tables in Downtown Canmore. Its Thai but with other asian influences, so your taste buds will be surprised and delighted.
Hike to Grassi Lakes
This is just a few miles from our hotel and what a beautiful hike it is. Up through a beautiful forest to a huge waterfall. Then up even higher to the serene, turquoise, grassi lakes (two of them) Somewhat challenging going up– very easy road down
surrounded by sheer cliff walls that frame the beautiful serene water.
Play Golf at Banff Springs Golf Club
There are several spectacular golf courses tucked away in this mountain hideaway but this one at the foot of the Banff Springs Hotel is hands down the most beautiful. Just remember you are playing golf and don’t let the wildlife and scenery distract you from your game (or maybe you should).