Monday morning was rough. Only because we knew we had to catch a flight later that evening, but nothing in us wanted to leave yet… especially because it was the sunniest day we had yet, so all the mountain peaks were greeting us from our cabin window. Luckily we still had a full day packed with activities. So we woke up early and grabbed some free snowshoes from our lodge and walked around the trails behind our cabin for a little while.
^We almost had an iPhone casuality with this pic yall. You should have seen this phone propped up a flimsy branch hanging on for dear life. Also, we’re holding each other up in this pic, because running in snowshoes after you set the self-timer only to find that you both just keep sinking deeper into the snow requires some mutual support.
We said our sad goodbyes to our cabin and headed towards Lake Louise, AKA one of the most picturesque spots in the world.
I made Marsh ice skate with me, but unfortunately don’t have many pics to prove it since I was so worried about him busting his butt on the ice. He was a champ, though. No pancake-size bruises like the last time we skated.
We said “so long” (for now) to Banff and headed back to Calgary for our flight.
It was a short, but jam-packed weekend of beauty and good quality time with my guy. God spoiled me rotten through Marshall’s surprises and detailed planning, and I love that I get to check this place off the bucket place with a big, fat, happy checkmark.
Here’s the basic itinerary of the trip in case you’re planning on going for a weekend getaway like we did! The only thing we’d change about the trip would be making time to hike around Johnston Canyon and also maybe splurging and staying a night at Banff Springs Hotel (but hey, there’s always a summer or anniversary trip for those, right??).
- Fly into Calgary, rent a car, stayed at a hotel next to the airport. (Catch up on wifi here, because you won’t have much in the National Park!)
- Drive into Banff
- Shopping in town of Banff
- Lunch at Wildflour Bakery (You must get their Coconut Cranberry Cookie)
- Explore Banff Springs Hotel (We didn’t end up doing it, but would definitely have a drink in their lounge next time.)
- Bow Falls viewpoint
- Helicopter tour in Kanaskis (about 30 minutes outside of town of Banff)
- Back to Banff for dinner at Bear St Tavern (definitely get their Big Bird Pizza and try some Canadian beer)
- Drive to Storm Mountain Lodge
- Breakfast at Storm Mountain
- Snowmobile Tour with White n’ Wild Tours (highly recommend these guys for all ages…they were great with small kids to older folks)
- Valentines dinner at Storm Mountain
- Snowshoeing around cabin trails
- Drive to Lake Louise and have brunch at the coffee shop in Chateau Lake Louise
- Rent skates for ice rink and check out the ice sculptures
- Drive back to Calgary (you can go through the town of Banff again on the way out and pick up souvenirs, lunch, etc.)