Hiking, Gondola & Horseback in Banff National Park

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 13, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Thursday, September 9, 2010

We awoke this morning to Sunshine!  Of course Bob & I were thrilled we were going to be able to see the mountains and enjoy more of this beautiful area.  We had breakfast with Kathy & Bill this morning before boarding our bus.  This morning we drove about 20 minutes north to Sunshine Ski Area.  We were taking a nature hike this morning.  We had to take a "school bus" to the a section of the mountain in which  we took about a 2 hour hike from.  The hike started off a bit strenuous but then leveled off and it was worth it.  The views were spectacular.  Along the hiking path our guide pointed out areas in which the Grizzly Bears had dug in the ground to get a "Canadian Ground Squirrel."  The guide also shared with us that the ground squirrel are bad animals to pet as they carried fleas and the bubonic plague.  Of course they were cute looking, but none of us touched them even though they came right up to us begging for food.  During the hike we learned that one of our fellow travelers "Pete Charton" was a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1964!  It was a thrill hearing his stories such as striking out Mickey Mantle!!!

Once we finished the hike we had a nice "indoor picnic."  Then we took the school bus back to the base of the mountain.  On our ride out from the ski resort we came across a number of Big Horn Sheep just grazing by the side of the road.  

Since the sun was shining we would take the Gondola in Banff today to get views of the town.  It was a great ride up the gondola as the views became better and better the further you ascended.  We spent time at the top of the mountain capturing pictures of Banff and the surrounding area.  We also tried a Nanaimo bar which is a great Canadian dessert - it has chocolate (of course) some coconut and cream.  Yummy!  Back down the gondola and off to the hotel.

We had about 30 minutes to get ready for our Horseback Riding adventure.  Upon arriving at the stables and signing our "waiver" we were all assigned horses.  Bob had "Delta" and Bonnie had "Dixon."  We took about an hour ride to to a place where the guides cooked us a nice dinner.  After dinner it was back on our horses for the ride home.  Bob's horse loved to eat the grass, trees, really anything green, especially when Bob was distracted with the view.

After returning to the hotel we cleaned up as we smelled like "horses" and met a number of fellow travelers in the lounge for drinks.

Another fun filled day was had by all :)
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Brewster Inc. on

Great post & photos about Banff and playing in the Canadian Rockies - Glad you enjoyed your time up on top of the Banff Gondola and it sounds like the horseback riding was great!

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