Day 9: Banff, AB – Golden, BC

Take off song: Getting Down on the Mountain, Corb Lund   I was so excited to play this song on the mountain with the kids but totally forgot about the language – oops!! (still it’s a pretty good mountain song)

After a big hotel breakfast we were on the road by 8am. We drove along the TransCanada Highway to Golden, BC stopping at Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, and other scenic roadside attractions.

Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast!

Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast!

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Spiral Tunnels

Spiral Tunnels

Spiral Tunnels

Spiral Tunnels

natural bridge

natural bridge

*Momentary time-out to pat myself on the back for driving through this crazy mountain range (steep, Winding, edge of cliff…all the while trying not to get too mesmerized by the magnificent beautly all around me…

We made it to Golden around noon and stopped at Sobey’s to pick up some lunch foods which we took with us to Kicking Horse Mountain just out of town. After a brief lunch we went up 3, 413 metres (11, 266 feet) up the gondola to the top of the mountain. Rain and Moxie were so excited to be so high there was snow!! We watched the crazy mountain bikers head down the mountain and as much as the adrenaline-junky in me was craving some of that action, the more practical side was thinking about brain injury and spinal cord fractures….

"Boo" from the gondola

“Boo” from the gondola

On top of Kicking Horse Mountain

On top of Kicking Horse Mountain

Gondola ride up Kicking Horse mountain

Gondola ride up Kicking Horse mountain

Eagle (top of Kicking Horse Mountain)

Eagle (top of Kicking Horse Mountain)

at the top of Kicking Horse mountain

at the top of Kicking Horse mountain

gondola ride up Kicking Horse mountain

gondola ride up Kicking Horse mountain

exploring at the top of the mountain (we're so high there's still snow!)

exploring at the top of the mountain (we’re so high there’s still snow!)

British Columbia!!

British Columbia!!

I always seem to forget how much Rain does not like heights! (sorry Rain – it hasn’t been very long since I traumatized him by making him lay down on the glass floor of the CN tower so I could get a picture! um therapy anyone??) In any case we went back down to solid land only to then go back up (about ½ the way) in the chair lift to the Grizzly Bear Refuge.

On the way up we saw a wild black bear – awesome!!! (okay – we actually thought it looked more like a wild pig.. Hey – it was small and we were high up!!) At the refuge we went on a 1-hour tour and followed, “Boo” the grizzly bear as he did bear stuff. We heard Boo’s story and learned a lot about bears – highly recommended activity.

Boo doing bear stuff

Boo doing bear stuff

"Boo" the grizzly bear

“Boo” the grizzly bear

watching "Boo" and learning about bears

watching “Boo” and learning about bears

Afterwards the kids enjoyed some locally made gelato and I enjoyed some Kicking Horse coffee. I love Kicking Horse coffee and after a week of tolerating shitty hotel coffee I get teary whenever I am blessed with a truly amazing cup o joe.

We checked into our hotel room, swam in the pool. This one also had a slide but I don’t think it won any awards (geez are we slide snobs now?)

After a quick swim we had dinner at the hotel restaurant. The patio had the most amazing view of the mountains. Before and after dinner the kids played and explored while I chatted with some fellow travelers and just enjoyed the view. (not to mention some adult conversation)

dinner at the hotel restaurant - what a view!

dinner at the hotel restaurant – what a view!

view from our hotel restaurant

view from our hotel restaurant

Rain getting bit by a bear!!

Rain getting bit by a bear!!

Tomorrow we are headed to Cranbrook to visit my grade school friend Kim – woohooo!!!!!!! (and her 2 super cute dogs!)

g’nite from BC (our final province),

Team Adventurers

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4 thoughts on “Day 9: Banff, AB – Golden, BC

  1. Your journey has been amazing! Brings back such good memories of when my husband and I did this trip many, many, many years ago.
    Thanks for providing such great picts. Your children will remember this trip of a life time-no doubt.
    Keep on enjoying!!

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