Guide to the best restaurants in Canadian rockies

Foodies Guide through the Canadian Rockies

Our Canadian Rockies road trip was a journey for all the senses not only were the backdrops a feast for the eyes but also an awakening of the palette.

As we travelled from the quaint tourist Town of Banff onto Banff’s and Jasper’s National Park it was not only the breathtaking scenery that left us drooling but the restaurants, cafes, fine dining establishments and even the quiet picnics on the lawns were a true delight. We were time and time again surprised and charmed by the tasty and imaginative menus at the many restaurants hidden among the mountains.

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Persephone

Dear Husband Made us Hike a Glacier

Yes, that’s right, a frickin glacier! We scaled 360m elevation in under 2 hours as we hiked the Plain of 6 Glaciers. This was never part of my detailed itinerary. Thus we were completely under prepared – minimal water and no snacks to consume mid-way.

Let’s backtrack, I am getting ahead of myself. The morning started off innocently enough at around pre-dawn when I made dear husband get up with me to visit the two, arguably, most famous lakes in Canada. When people think of Canada images of the glacier-fed Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are the most likely images conjured.

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Canadian Rockies

The Rockin’ Canadian Rockies!

Whilst on our travels, we have had some jaw dropping moments. Walking through the oldest desert in the world, setting sail through the gigantic islands in Halong Bay, Vietnam and now the Canadian Rockies left us dragging our jaws along the pine needle coated floors as we made our way along the winding roads, gasping at every turn, as the vistas opened up to ever more inspiring scenery.

More than once along this road trip we had to pick our jaws up from the floor as we admired the pure perfection of the many crystal clear jewel toned lakes surrounded by abundant forest all sitting against the rugged Canadian Rockies mountain range and then we would turn around and the sunlight would stream through the trees and bam, we would be frozen once again and left awestruck by the beauty from every angle.

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Algonquin Provincial Park

A Canadian Survival Story: Man vs. Algonquin

Dear Husband was shipped off to a far and distant land for a two-week long business trip, I decided instead of hibernating with the cat, all the chocolate I could lay my hands and wallowing the time away in loneliness and solitude. I would hit the road with a few friends to Algonquin Provincial Park, on a mini adventure in search of moose.

The easy three and a half hour drive north from Toronto to Algonquin whisked by in a haze of green fields, coffee and pastry pit stops. On arrival, after sufficiently “carbo-loading” on a variety of brownies, cookies and Tim Bits it was decided, on advice from a park ranger, we should embark on the Mizzy Lake trail. As this would be our best chance to spot a moose.

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Disney World vs Universal Orlando

Disney World vs Universal Orlando (For Adults)

Disney World vs Universal Orlando, which one is better?

These two world-famous Orlando-based theme parks are vastly different. Whilst one is truly the most magical place on earth that was clearly designed with children in mind, the other is all about quick thrills, adrenaline highs and of course for the fans of JK Rowling’s masterpiece, there is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Theme parks are usually thought of as a place for families with small children or teens on Spring break. My view from our little excursion is that they are for everyone, for all ages, the big and small, the short and tall, honeymooners, families, kids and the “kids at heart”. Anyone can enjoy the whimsical sense of childlike fun at Disney and get in touch with their wilder side at Universal.

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