Let’s go to the Rocky Mountains! Sasi and I planned one week trip to Banff, Alberta (Western Canada) for this Fall. After searching and searching for accommodation in Banff, we were lucky to find a rustic mountain lodge right near Lake Louise – the Deer Lodge! Part funded by redeeming travel points from the CIBC Aventura card – we were able to book the “Heritage Room” in this beautiful hundred years old lodge.
Travelling during COVID-19 is not easy: expensive air tickets, the cancelation of tour buses, the closures of all hot springs (including the rooftop hot tub at Deer Lodge).
The four hour flight with WestJet from Toronto to Calgary was disappointing. The airplane was full with no social distancing and frequent passing by of flight attendants, more to collect the garbage, than to serve – since the meal provided was ridiculous: two minuscule biscuits and a small bottle of water… Bringing sandwiches from home really helped with hunger at high altitudes.
Having friends in Calgary was a blessing. We were transported from the airport to the lodge (two hours drive) and giving a tour of the Banff National Park and surroundings.
More about our adventures in the Rockies in the next posts.
The Deer Lodge was built in 1923 as a teahouse, opened as a hotel in 1925 and it still retains much of its original hand hewn log structure and decor. Due to its close proximity to Lake Louis, the lodge is a perfect starting point to discover the lake and its surroundings trails.