And this is where it all ends. The last of my Banff recaps. And I think I may have saved the absolute best for last.
Our spectacular day in Lake Louise.
Lake Louise is a glacier lake high in the Canadian Rockies. It’s kind of amazing and rightfully popular with tourists.
I wish I could convey to you the beauty of the scenery! The water is a turquoise colour. Totally natural.
On it’s shore you’ll find tourists enjoying casual walks and in some cases more hardcore hikes that take them high into the glaciers.
See the man on the rock face? There were tons of rock climbers scaling the rock faces that surround the lake. It was basically and outdoors(wo)mans heaven.
Those looking for a unique (and less strenuous) activity could opt for a Brewster Horse Ride around the lake. The man in the picture is their guide.
We chose to take a jaunt around the lake. By the end of our hour walk we were absolutely starved and went looking for a place to eat.
After some deliberating we chose to have our lunch on the veranda of the stunning Chateau Lake Louise. This meal was a definite highlight of my trip!
Since I couldn’t have the afternoon tea (they were sold out) I chose their antipasto platter and a cup of Empress tea to start.
The tea, made by Murchies (and available online) was delicious as always. But the view . . . the view was what made the meal memorable.
One of the things I most love about elegant restaurant is the little surprises during your meal. Like this bonus biscotti that came with my tea. It was incredibly delicate!
By this point I was seriously grimy but I still did my best to be a “lady that does lunch.” lol
The antipasto was amazing!! The pickled veggies were great with the mushroom being the star. The cured meats were not too fatty and just flavourful enough. And the freshly baked bread was the perfect pairing.
Besides, all that food made for one of the loveliest photos I have taken in a long time. You see all those different layers of food? And the wonderful background at the end? Yeah, I’m kind of proud of that one!
I finished the whole meal off with an espresso and another (bonus!) biscotti.
On the whole I have to say I’m thrilled I got to take place in Susan and Holly’s Banff Getaway. I made two new friends, ate some wonderful food, enjoying fantastic vistas, and most importantly – pushed my physical limits. After my weekend in Banff I can’t wait to continue to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains!!!
Question: Have you ever taken a trip that made you realize you were stronger than you were you were? I felt that way after my hike!