When we decided to go to Banff, Canada, I was more than excited. I had never been to a town in a typical alpine setting. Nestled in snow peaked mountains, surrounded by lakes and ski areas, Banff is truly stunning.
If you Google Banff, you will see that the first few images of the search result will be those of nearby lakes and the Banff main street – Banff Avenue.
The town is exceptionally beautiful. Its main street is lined with a variety of shops. Although many of them are typical tourist traps, you can’t help but peek into a few that look especially inviting and cute.
Immersing oneself in any city is best done by walking around through the city center and its neighborhoods. And that is just what my wife Madhura and I do; especially when we’re in a gorgeous town like Banff.
I think through the years, we have understood value of an idle day in a town or a city. You tend to miss out on a lot of action and fail to capture the essence and vibe of a city if you plan on hitting just the popular places. So try this as an experiment: take a day out of your trip to just walk around in a city without any particular agenda or a specific plan in mind. I promise, it is liberating!
If you are ever going to Banff, I can’t not recommend “The Old Spaghetti Factory.” Try their Spaghetti with Browned Butter & Mizithra Cheese – the best pasta I’ve ever tasted! Generally when traveling, I avoid chain restaurants and try to eat local as much as possible. This was an accidental but delightful find. Frankly, I did not know that this was a chain restaurant at the time.
So what next? Canada has many beautiful towns, and Banff is just one of them. I desire to go to Quebec next, and have heard lot of good things about Montreal! Both of these places are also great starting points to explore east side of Canada.
Where would you like to go in Canada?