Last Sunday my roommate Olivia and I decided to road trip it to Banff and Lake Louise for a lovely day out. The weather was cold – about -12 – with a slight wind, but we dressed for the weather and were prepared!
It’s been snowing just slightly here…
Can you see my feet?
In the aim of embracing this winter wonderland, my roommate and I knew a road trip to one of the most beautiful spots in Canada would cheer us up!
Banff is a gorgeous town – I’ve been twice before; once when I was 9 on a band trip from my school in Cayman, and then again for Christmas four years ago. We walked around, browsed some shops, and saw the Remembrance Day parade finish up at the Legion, then stood and watched the service:
We had lunch at Evelyn’s Coffee where I had the world’s biggest “health sandwich”, as it was labeled, with this amazing view:
It was delicious and I can’t wait to recreate it at home – two huge slabs of soft multigrain bread spread with hummus, avocado and mayo and topped with cheese, lettuce, cucumber and tomato! Look how big it is compared to my hands!:
They also made deliciously smooth lattes, and we both got one to sip on to keep us warm as we walked around town some more.
Olivia browsed the shops for some cute knickknacks and souvenirs to send in a care package back home to England. We also spotted some Mounties in full dress and popped into Lululemon, of course!
However, for both of us – being of British heritage and tea drinkers – our highlights were the Banff Tea Company and David’s Tea. I picked up two ‘treat teas’ – a Turtles tea from Banff Tea Company (yes, the chocolate/caramel variety of Turtles – and it was great!):
And from David’s Tea I bought some cookie dough tea, which I had heard good things about in the blog world!
On Monday I made cookie dough oats by steeping the tea in soy milk and then boiling my oats in that milk (hashtagged, of course, for the #healthybreakfastchallenge).
Next we went to Lake Louise, well known as one of the most beautiful spots in Canada. So many photo opportunities:
We had fun trying to perfect this jump…
It was an awesome day trip, and we did a pretty good job at staying warm, despite our insistence on taking photos like this one:
Before I leave, a reminder that the Healthy Breakfast Challenge is still going on and I am working on a giveaway for all who entered at least one photo during the Challenge! So if you want more info, here’s the original post – which tells you how to enter – and here are some of the entries so far!