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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Banff, Canada


You may remember last year I posted a ton of photos from my trip to Rome, which was the destination of my dad's annual work trip that year. This year the trip was to Banff, Canada, which in my opinion isn't quite as exciting, but it was really nice nonetheless. Sometimes it's nice to go somewhere that you wouldn't normally choose to go on your own. Even though it mostly consists of mountains and lakes, I thought it was beautiful despite not being much of an outdoorsy person.

For the first part of the trip, we stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs, which is a huge castle looking hotel that sits right in the mountains. All of the interior design is super old and really makes you feel like you've been transported to another time. There are so many rooms that I often found it pretty difficult to navigate back to my own. The hotel is actually haunted as well, if you believe in all that. People have claimed to have seen ghosts wandering around and the eighth floor is especially creepy. There's a blank space in between two rooms where a room used to be until a family was murdered in it. People still stayed in it for a bit after that but would hear screaming in the middle of the night and see bloody handprints on the mirror, so they boarded it up. The hotel staff isn't really even allowed to talk about it. That sort of thing freaks me out quite a bit and it didn't help that I spent a lot of time in the hotel alone when my family was out playing golf and such.

The thing I did really like about this area was that if you walk for about 10-15 minutes across the lake, there's a cute little town with a bunch of shops and restaurants. I picked up a few souvenirs and was especially pleased to find that they had a Starbucks for tourists/addicts like myself. I do have to say though that being a vegetarian in the mountains is not the most ideal thing, especially when we were at a western themed party and they brought out a giant slab of dead animal. Anyway, we spent about three days there and it was definitely the more relaxed part of the trip. We headed to Lake Louise next, which was incredible and I'll talk about it in my next post. 


(By far the best thing I saw on the trip)


Hope everyone had a good 4th of July and a good week ahead!

Danielle

122 comments:

  1. that hotel is massive! omg and the little (not very little actually) pig?!? what is he doing?? XD such an interesting trip for sure!!

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    1. It was so funny, this lady was just rolling him around town and letting everyone pet it!

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  2. I died when I saw that pig! Great post girlie.

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    1. I did too, it made me want one myself haha!

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  3. Awesome place! I hope you keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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    1. For sure, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh man, the pig! I think I'd even want to visit for the hotel alone. Lovely photos!

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    1. It was so massive and interesting! Thanks Amber :)

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  5. goodness, how gorgeous is this! loving the views!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  6. how beautiful! I never visited canada before , but I should
    lovely pictures.

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    1. I've been to a few different places there now and it's all really cool, you should one day!

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  7. Loooooving this post! And your hair is to DIE for! xoxo

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  8. Oh my, the pig xD lol, seems like you had awesome time :)

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  9. The fact that you stayed in a huge haunted hotel just makes me think of The Shining! I would have probably freaked out a bit, haha.

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    1. That's exactly what I thought when I saw it! I eventually got over it though haha

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  10. Beautiful photos, Danielle!! I need to make a trip to Canada ASAP :)

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  11. My in-laws were telling me about Banff. I kind of blew it off because I figured it just wasn't for me, but I must say this little town looks adorable, peaceful, and a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That's exactly what I thought but I'm really glad I went! It would definitely be good for a nice peaceful getaway. :)

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  12. Beautiful outfit:-)
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  13. beautiful pics!! even if it was not that exciting as Rome, it looks amazing!

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    1. It was surprisingly good! Thank you :)

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  14. Honestly though, I love village towns with their quaint little shops (its also one of the only times you get to use the word quaint), and their quirky little eateries ( another time you only ever get to use the word eatery). I find them so adorable and relaxing and exciting. My personal fave villages that I have visited would have to be the village in Big Bear Lake, California and the town of Bronxville, New York.
    My favorite line of this post: "...slab of dead meat". Priceless.

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    1. Haha!! I've never been to either of those towns but I've heard a lot about Big Bear. It's nice to go somewhere different like that and escape every once in a while :)

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  15. The bit about the hotel was super creepy! I'm not sure if I believe in all that, but it definitely still freaks me out!

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    1. Unfortunately I do believe in all that stuff haha so I was pretty freaked out. I survived though!

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  16. I totally agree, I think sometimes some of the best trips are in unexpected places! But, oh my gosh, all that stuff about the hotel…anyways..haha. All your photos are AMAZING, so picturesque and like a painting!

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  17. What a lovely place!!! Your photos are amazing! So colourful and bright! :)
    I love your hair!
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  18. Such a beautiful place! These pictures are amazing and this pig looks so cute:)

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  19. Banff looks absolutely beautiful! All the best. xo

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  20. wow! the place is beautiful. the mountains add up to the natural beauty of Banff. The architecture and everything, just, beauty! :)

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    1. It was so nice! Thanks for stopping by Kandice :)

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  21. I love when it is so easy to walk to places! This place seems fabulous. Thanks for sharing darling!


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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by Dakota :)

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  22. The place is so lush and the food looks so delicious! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. It was! Thanks for stopping by Audrey :)

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  23. I like your blog, its really dope.
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  24. This looks like such an amazing place! x

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    1. It was! Thanks for stopping by Jessica :)

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  25. That piggy made me laugh for sure! How he even ended up there?! Also, sounds like you had quite a nice and peaceful time there. Your photos look beautiful :) x

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    1. It was this woman's pet and she was just rolling it around the town haha! I did, thanks Leta :)

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  26. Banff seems so pretty and the pig is hilarious!

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    1. It was so cute haha! Thanks for stopping by Carina :)

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  27. Such gorgeous photos!! Omg i want that pig <3

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  28. Beautiful pictures! Are my eyes deceiving me - is that a pig being carried by a pram? haha!

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    1. Yes haha! It was amazing. Thanks Ana :)

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  29. That hotel is amazing!!! OMG and that story about the family murder - totally creepy but I'm really into that kind of stuff so I would have loved to stay there (I'm weird, I know). These photos are gorgeous, girl!

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    1. Haha I was scared but I did go up to look at the missing room, accompanied by my family of course. Thanks Jasmine :)

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  30. This place looks amazing!! Beautiful pictures! :)

    xo Raina
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  31. The mountains look beautiful! Looks like a wonderful place. Can't wait to see your Lake Louise photos next. :)

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    1. Lake Louise was even more beautiful, I'll have them up next week!

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  32. Stunning photos of Banff! I visited last year for the first time ever and loved it - the springs were particularly good ;) I feel your pain about being a vegetarian in mountainous regions, oh good lord the meat!!
    And woah, spooky story! Man I love a good ghost story but that's just horrific! xxx
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    1. So many kinds of meat that I never wanted to know about haha. So scary right! At least they didn't put us on the same floor, I don't know how people stay in the rooms next to it!

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  33. I've never even heard of Banff before. I'm totally going to look up at that hotel now. I love reading about creepy, haunted things :) And that PIG IN A STROLLER I CAN'T EVEN!

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    1. I hadn't either! The story came up right away when I searched the hotel, I wasn't thrilled haha.

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  34. Love your hair Danielle! And all the photos are so beautiful! Love, A

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  35. Can I just say, Your hair is EVERYTHING, love the colour!
    and you blog too.

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  36. omg i want to go there! what a wonderful place!

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    1. It's the perfect place to go if you just want to get away from everything for a bit :)

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  37. Wow, Canada is so amazing, and the photos are incredible! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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  38. The hotel seems nice despite the frightening history. Still, I'm sure you've enjoyed the place nonetheless. The trip looked so refreshing based on your photographs.

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    1. I did enjoy it, I got over the fear pretty quickly haha. Thanks Mica :)

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  39. OH MY GOD, when I first saw the pictures, the hotel gave my an "Overlook Hotel" vibe, and after reading the story I just confirmed it! On the other hand, everything else looks so pretty and peaceful, those mountains look like a painting, so beautiful.

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    1. I thought the same thing, so freaky! It did end up being really nice though :)

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  40. I'm living on the other side of the world but whenever one of my friends travel to Canada, they always seem to visit Banff! Your photos are beautiful! Good luck on your exam! :)

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    1. That's funny, I had never heard of anything visiting it before! Thanks Marielle :)

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  41. Omg such gorgeous pictures!! Awww those doggies, and that pig in the trolley thing lol so adorable! X

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    1. It was so cute, I was dying! Thank you :)

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  42. Banff looks like a perfect place to visit, especially this time of year =o) Also that pig with the dogs is adorable! It's always fun to see animals getting along like that =o)

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    1. Agreed, makes me want a pig haha! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  43. Holy cow. That hotel looks amazing, and the view does too! Dream getaway!

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  44. I love this post! Breathtaking pictures... I want to visit Canada so bad! :)
    Thanks for sharing! xxxx Kathi
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  45. Wow, these photos are amazing! Banff looks gorgeous, I'd love to visit Canada. Your hotel looks magical, like a real life hogwarts!

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    1. Thanks so much Emily! It did remind me of Hogwarts a bit haha

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  46. Looks and sounds lovely, dont know how i would faired staying in a haunted hotel, looks really cool none-the-less! The pig in his pull cart is 100% my highlight though!

    Dana
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    1. Mine too! Thanks for stopping by Dana :)

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  47. I've been wanting to travel to Banff for the longest time now - thanks for making it worse haha.
    Such lovely photos. :)

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  48. I have never been to Canada but have family out in Toronto so this sounds really exciting for me haha. Such a stunning little place although I don't know if I could handle a haunted hotel, eek!!

    Elle
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    1. It was really freaky but I got over it haha. I've been to Toronto a couple times, really cool as well!

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  49. I've never been to Canada but it's now definitely on my wishlist of places to visit; it looks amazing! Beautiful pictures <3
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    1. There are some pretty cool parts! Thank you :)

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  50. Ohh,this looks amazing and your hair is really nice! The last picture just got me speechless.

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  51. What a wonderful photos! I wanna go on a trip as well ♡ ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

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  52. I love your hair!! The blue sky looks serene and relaxing
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  53. Your hairs gorgeous! The photos look beautiful too xx

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  54. Love your hair! The photos look amazing :)

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  55. Omg, this place is gorgeous. Love the photos you took. Seeing this makes me want to travel too! xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, I would definitely recommend it!

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  56. These pictures are beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  57. Your pictures are gorgeous! My mother-in-law has family in this part of Canada and has wanted to take us to Banff for years. I can totally see why after seeing your shots. The mountains look amazing and the town looks like so much fun! - Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1

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    1. Oh that's awesome, you should go! Thanks Dorrie!

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