To attract tourists from the cities into the Canadian Rockies, several five star hotels were built along the Trans Canadian Highway. The first was by far the most spectacular:
We didn’t stay there, but we did take full advantage of their complimentary terraces, golf course restaurant, and Canada day celebration.
After the Canada Day celebration, we headed back downtown to catch the 5pm parade. But not before stopping at The Maple Leaf for a glass of wine and a couple of beers.
The parade was marvelous, totally full of mountain-town charm. Plus by 6:00pm the sun decided to come out!
We walked down the street a bit further to check into our hotel, Irwin’s Mountain Inn. After a busy day in Banff, we decided to find an inexpensive option for dinner and relax on our hotel patio. Not without a few more local beers though! We hit up Banff Ave Brewing Co. and bought a few bottles to go. I enjoyed the fruity seasonal while Chris tried to wrap his mind around their Black Pilsner. Even though I wanted to fall asleep, Chris pulled me out the door to catch the 11:20pm firework show. Why so late? The sun was still setting at that time! The earth’s curve is crazy.