11.5 kilometres and counting

I had my first official guest in my new condo this past long weekend. And it was a special visitor – my mom. It was a fun and busy weekend. We share a love of the outdoors and exercise so most of the weekend was spent exploring the nearby mountains and foothills.

We travelled to Banff National Park where we hiked 11.5 kilometres in Johnston Canyon – first to the lower falls, then the upper falls and finally all the way to the Ink Pots. Coming from Manitoba where we’re used to flat landscape, hiking up and down the mountainsides was challenging. We also ventured into the town of Banff stopping at Bow Falls to do more hiking and driving up Mt. Norquay for a view of the town below.

The following day we drove south of Calgary to a place called Saskatoon Farm. It’s a garden centre, u-pick, cafe and gift shop all rolled into one. From there we travelled into the foothills to visit Kananaskis Country where we did more hiking. We also stopped to look around a few of the unique stores in the small community of Bragg Creek.

And finally, before she flew out the next day we took a long walk in Fish Creek Provincial Park, which is located in the city of Calgary. The weekend weather was beautiful. Here are some photos from the weekend.

Mom and I at Johnston Canyon.
My mom at the Upper Falls.
At Johnston Canyon.
Mom and I at the Ink Pots.
The view of the town of Banff from the top of Mt. Norquay.
My mom at Elbow Falls.
At Elbow Falls.
Mom and I in Kananaskis Country.
Part of Saskatoon Farm.
Mom and I at Saskatoon Farm.
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