Western Canada: One Night in Calgary

Photo by Gonzalo Pineda-Zuniga

Photo by Gonzalo Pineda-Zuniga

Continued from The Town of Banff

Calgary, Alberta is 127 km along the 1, or Trans-Canada Highway, from the town of Banff in Banff National Park.

This is a little over an hour’s drive, where huge snowy mountains slowly give way to grassy golden plains dotted with horses and cows.

When we were there, in late May 2008, just about every third animal was a baby; looked like it had been a romantic winter.

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Western Canada: Arriving in Banff National Park

Continued from Off to Western Canada

First off, if you’re going to rent a car for driving through Canada’s Banff National Park, learn from our mistake:  Make sure you get a car with power windows.

The landscapes are so incredible that you’ll be rolling your windows down every five minutes.  Having a power button could be the difference between nabbing a photo of a quick-moving bear…or not.

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Off to Western Canada

In an attempt to sideswipe the astronomical prices of Europe in early 2008, Adam and I headed to Western Canada — or as we like to call it, “America’s Hat” — for 8 days in late May.

In a conservative twist for us, we planned to go only to incremental parts of the country rather than try to tackle huge amounts of terrain in a short time.   I thought it might be good to leave ourselves open to at least the concept of a nap.

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