After two days sightseeing we were lucky enough to be in Banff for Canada Day. We arrived early and found a good spot behind a barrier. It is fascinating to see the enthusiasm that some countries have for these celebrations. The people really feel for their country. Everywhere families lined the roads with their bright red t shirts to celebrate the event. The procession started and it was good to see all aspects of the community represented and to enjoy the atmosphere. We even bought suitable t shirts ourselves to wear for the event.
After an enjoyable parade we followed the crowds down to the park where there were stalls, music and everyone relaxing with picnics etc.
After looking at the stalls, enjoying the music and generally soaking up the atmosphere we decided to wander the back streets and have a look at the art galleries. I always seek these out on trips and am fascinated by how local artists are influenced by their location. With such beautiful landscapes and such a different environment from my own this should be interesting.
There certainly was a wide range of work and it was interesting to see their interpretations of the local scenes. Again there was a variety of styles and topics covered. Although enjoyable these galleries were aimed at a select clientele and the prices reflected this.
More interesting was the selection of art work that was on display on the pavement. Local children had been given a paving stone each and encouraged to draw a range of pictures celebrating Canada.
So after three days it was time to move on so back to the hotel to pack. Thoughts of the first three days:
The hotel was excellent but a little too far out for our purposes.
Banff is a pretty town surrounded by mountains with some lovely walks available
The Cable car to the top of the mountain looked interesting but the thermal bath looked a bit like a local swimming pool, although a good place to sunbathe.
It was very crowded because of the weekend celebrations and it has become very tourist orientated due to the fact that in winter it is also a ski resort. On the plus side it was busy because of Canada Day and watching this made our day.
So an interesting start to our trip and another adventure tomorrow.