I did not have a chance to get a recipe together for today, but I am working on one for later in the week. I instead wanted to share some of our pictures we took over the weekend in Banff. We made a last minute decision to head to the Rockies for a couple of days to do some hiking and relaxing. I packed up an overnight bag and made some granola and salad in jars (an idea I found on Pinterest), and we were off.
Our first stop was in Kootenay National Park at Marble Canyon. We hiked a short interpretive trail that crisscrossed the 60 meter deep limestone canyon to a nice waterfall. We had planned on hiking to the Paint Pots after Marble Canyon since the trailheads are close together, but when we arrived we found the trail was closed, so we decided head up to Lake Louise. Lake Louise is quite touristy and crowded, and for good reason, the turquoise waters never fail to impress. We started out from the lake on the Lake Agnes trail. I wish I could say that we made it all the way to the lake and teahouse, but ¾ of the way the way we found the trail covered in a sheet of ice. While this normally would not be too challenging, attempting it with two small kids and two very poorly mannered dogs was out of the question. We hiked back down and headed for our cabin for the night.
We stayed at Castle Mountain Chalets. The location is halfway between the towns of Banff and Lake Louise, and just a few kilometers from the northern border of Kootenay National Park. This makes it an ideal location for hitting some of the most scenic day hikes in the area. Once we checked in to our cabin, it was pure relaxation and bliss. The cabin was just rustic and cozy enough to make us feel like we were camping, but still had a small kitchen and all of the other comforts of home. We cooked some chili and hung out by the campfire, Minda had her first smore’s experience, and we played outside way past bedtime.
The next morning we did one last short hike up to Silverton Falls before heading home. The only regret we had about the trip was that it was not long enough.