We stayed in the Rimrock Resort (the location for the conference that brought Hubby there). We soon took to enjoying most of our meals in the lounge, where the views from the windows was this:
A few minutes walk took us to the gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain. I am no fan of instability at height, and I admit that gondola ride--while stable and very well-maintained--was a wee bit scary for me (which amused my children to no end). The sights from the top, however, were worth every bead of nervous sweat. 360° views of the Rockies and an unobstructed view down to the town of Banff nestled in the valley.
In order to keep the effusiveness relatively sane, I'll toss out there that we also visited Lake Minnewanka and the Cave and Basin Museum (which was the birthplace of the Canadian National Park system, in case you like trivia). The food in Banff was delicious (the French Toast at the Bison Restaurant was revolutionary). We even managed to test out the health care system during our trip, and we are happy to report it seems top-notch!
The trip was amazing and felt much longer than its three short days. We came back renewed from the crazy weeks past and ready to move on to the new challenges ahead. Thank you, Banff! We'll be back.