Our flight to Calgary passed without incident after we reminded ourselves that Friday 13th was just a date and had nothing to do with anything!
We boarded the bus for Banff and had a terrific trip for nearly two hours. As we travelled out from the airport the landscape began to change dramatically from nearly flat to the most beautiful mountains we have ever seen. It didn't seem to matter which way you looked it was beauty in every direction.
The camera was in overdrive and this is only the beginning as we have two nights in Banff before we board the Rocky Mountaineer for our two days to Vancouver.
We are staying at The Fox Hotel in Banff for one night then transferring to the Fairmont Banff Springs. The Fox is a great hotel, full of character and we keep imagining how gorgeous it would look with a fire in the fireplace and snow outside.
To maximise our time here we headed up to the gondola which was a fantastic experience taking only eight minutes to take us to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a fully enclosed gondola cabin. The views were just amazing all around us and when we stepped out of the gondola we were able to spend as much time as we wanted just taking in the magnificent views all around us.
Then we returned in the gondola and watched the evening rolling in on the way down the mountain, only imagining what we will see from the Rocky Mountaineer in a couple of days.
Back in the bus and returning to the hotel for dinner, ready for a couple of museums tomorrow. Banff is right up the top of our all time favourites list now and Flat Norah was very busy having her photo taken in a whole range of places. In the Tourist Information Centre in Banff we came across an Aussie girl who has moved here from Byron Bay, and she loves it!