We were lucky enough to have a very fleeting visit from Sarah and Deryck from Australia in March. I know Sarah as the daughter of Kyme, who used to sing in a band with my Dad years ago in Australia. She seems to have followed me around the world from NZ to Australia then to England and now to Canada! Her boyfriend Deryck did a season in Whistler so returns to Canada often. (I hope we will follow suit)
They stayed in Whistler on their holidays and made the long journey (14 hours or so) over to Banff to see us. The weather was bad when they drove through, both BC and Alberta were getting pummelled with snow and at one point I wasn’t sure they were going to make it.
Sure enough, while at work on the night shift I received a call that they they were only an hour away! So once they arrived Fergus came to work to meet them, grab some dinner from Nesters and keep them company until I arrived home.
The following day we got up early and headed to Lake Louise. With only one full day in Banff, Deryck was keen to see the ledgedary lake voted one of the most popular tourist spots in Canada and on the places to see in the Lonely Planet Guide on Canada.Once there we bundled down to the snow covered, frozen lake for a wander. Deryck, intent on taking thousands of photos (much like me) wanted to walk across the centre while Sarah, Fergus and I chose to walk on the sleigh path around the side of the lake to avoid the deep snow.
Somehow we lost Deryck and the three of us ended up at the end of the lake watching climbers on the frozen waterfall while Deryck had apparently turned back and was at the Chateau waiting. Sarah and Deryck went for a second trip across the lake while Fergus and I waited at the Chateau and watched the ice skaters. It was a stunning day and not too cold either.Back in Banff we stopped quickly at the Norquay Lookout that looks over the Town of Banff and at Surprise Lookout that looks over the Bow falls to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. (The Castle in the Rockies)Back in Banff and hungry we stopped into Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub for burgers and beers. I love Tommy’s, the burgers are big, the drinks cheap and there is always a good atmosphere in there.We then decided to get some wine to take home and headed down to the car which we had parked by the river and were lucky enough to see a couple of huge male Elk foraging for food. Got some great photos and we were really chuffed Sarah and Deryck got to see some of our local wildlife.Had a few wines and a great old catch up at home before heading to bed. Sarah and Deryck left at around 3am that morning.It was really nice to catch up with Sarah and to meet Deryck who is a lovely chap.
See you in Australia guys! X