Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labour Day long weekend in Banff

The Labour Day long weekend signals a few things to most people. It is usually an epic match up in the football realm between bitter rivals (why yes, the Roughriders did beat the Blue Bombers this weekend). It also signifies the end of summer and return to school.

Last year it was the Labour Day long weekend that my friend Amy and I went camping at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park, freezing our butts off but having a great time. This year we had plans to camp in Kootenay Provincial Park near Radium Hot Springs, but a short summer meant that snow was already starting to fall in the mountains guaranteeing we'd have an uncomfortable camping experience again.

Instead we went "glamping" opting to stay at Amy and Dave's place in Banff, cooking our food over the firepit in the backyard. It couldn't have worked out better as we had the best of both worlds - campfire food and a warm, dry place to sleep at night.

Saturday we went hiking to Sunshine Meadows, near Sunshine Village ski resort (where Dave and Amy both work). It was an amazing hike even if the wind was blowing and the weather was chilly. I felt like I was living out a scene in The Sound of Music ~ I kept expecting Julie Andrews to come tripping down the mountainside at any time.

Sunday the weather was poor so we stayed inside for most of the day. In the evening some of Amy's friends were in town for a birthday and so we hit up Banff hot spots The Dancing Sasquatch and Aurora. Let's just say that we were the most popular girls in the bar that night and it was due to our friend Mustafa!

Many thanks Dave and Amy for a fun-filled weekend in Banff!

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