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Where to eat in Banff: Grizzly House

This is by no means a review of the Grizzly House – but a mere enticing of photos of delicious food. If you are in need of some relaxing (and serious spoils) after a long day of hiking, sight seeing and exploring the beautiful little town of Banff, make sure that you have your table booked at the Grizzly House in Banff. But beware, this is by NO means a budget eatery. Be sure to save up for this before visiting.

Grizzly House

The fondue dinner is one of their specialities (and the reason we decided that this referral was worth checking out). It is a three course fondue delight, with different options for starters, mains and dessert). For the mains, you can choose between the traditional oil fondue, or the very enjoyable (for the eyes and the whole experience) hot stone. Also worth trying if you are in the North American vicinity (unaware of international availability), is the Velvet Devil Merlot from the Washington State – it is freaken delicious (and cost around $25-30 CAD per bottle).

Grizzly House If you did not follow the link above to immediately find the location closest to you that sells the Velvet Devil, above is a photo of what the bottle looks like! As you can see below, we started off with the four cheese fondue, some roasted garlic and bread!! So rich and sooooo delicious!! (but when it comes to cheese, I tend to go a little bit crazy!!). We followed that with the hot plate – served individually (each gets to choose his/her meat combo) with a variety of accompanying sauces. We ended our meal with a fruit and chocolate fondue!! As you can see, super delicious!!Grizzly House Grizzly House Grizzly House Grizzly House Grizzly House Grizzly House

Oh man, these photos make me want to go back there this instant!! It is such a relaxing atmosphere – and for the adventurous, you can also try some buffalo, elk and caribou. Bookmark this restaurant if you are planning a trip to Banff… And once there, take your time!!

A Visit in Canada {Stop-Motion Film}

Our friend from South Africa visited us (for waaaaaay too short) here in Canada. We were fortunate that we were able to take that time off and show her around. What better place to take her than the Canadian Rockies…

… And Dog-sledding in Canmore, Skiing in Banff, Ice Skating in Lake Louise, Cross Country Skiing in Jasper. We had a great time and made a handful of great memories. During her visit I took photos with the purpose to compose it into a stop motion video! Below is the result of our short week together!

A Week with Jean 2015 from Xandré Verkes on Vimeo.

Jean visited us early December here in Canada and we took her for a week of Mountain bliss in the Canadian Rockies visiting towns Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. These are snippets of our short time together!

Lake Minnewanka, Banff

Aaaahhh Banff, you truly are beautiful!! One of the stops in the Banff area that you must plan to visit is Lake Minnewanka. Brewster Canada has some great Lake Minnewanka cruises that is relaxing, informative and of course super scenic.

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I just love being in the mountains, it always feels like two days of ooh-ing and aaaaah-ing at the mountains. Once you’ve been there you will completely relate to this. On my mom’s visit to Canada, Lake Minnewanka was one of the stops that we took her to (I also borrowed some of her photos for this post!).

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Lake minnewanka is a glacial lake located just North East of the Banff townsite. At 21km in length, this is the longest lake in the Canadian Rockies (which resulted in a power dam at the west end of this lake!).

You have to book your cruise about three-quarter of an hour before boarding. This gives you plenty of time to explore the surrounding area and take a gazillion photos. You can also sit on the jetty and see how long you can keep your feet in the icy water of Lake Minnewanka (it is not long at all… bbbrrr!) We soaked up the sun, scenery and each other’s company in the waiting time. You want to take it all in, because it goes by so quick!!

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There are numerous hiking and biking paths around the lake (but we were doing the touristy thing and cruising the lake this time around!). Although we did not see any on our visit, the wildlife that surrounds this lake is in abundance and includes elk, mule deer, mountain sheep and bears.

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I leave you with this popular thought: “The mountains are calling & I must go…”!

Banff Gondola: Spectacular views of Banff and Rockies

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Offering Spectacular views of Banff townsite and a 360° Canadian Rocky panorama, the Banff Gondola is an experience not to be missed. On a recent trip to Banff, we decided to give my Mom the real tourist experience (she was only visiting us for three weeks, so this was the most obvious choice for seeing as much as possible in little time!)

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We bought our tickets from Brewster Travel, they had an epic deal for residents of Alberta and we took full advantage of this special (basically it was 4 adventures at a huge discount!). You can book single gondola tickets from Brewster as well.

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Have I mentioned the amazing views? Oh my goodness, the amount of “oohs” & “aahs” going around was ridiculous, but there just isn’t words to describe the amazing feeling you get when admiring this gorgeous landscape!

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For the more ambitious, there is also an 8.4 km hike to the top – it is much harder work, but you get to skip the lines, the ticket prices and probably feel way more accomplished. I have yet to do this, but it is on my list for sure! 😀

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Do not miss this if you ever find yourself in Banff! The Banff Gondola is in my opinion the best view of Banff and surrounds and I don’t think you’ll be too sad about the missing dollars from your pocket. 🙂