Banff Gondola Ride | Part 2

Banff Gondola Ride | Part 2

Hello friends,

Here are some of the millions (slight exaggeration…) of pictures I took while we were at the top of the Banff Gondola! These were taken from the top of the main building and all along the boardwalk. Hope you enjoy them!

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That is downtown Banff that you are seeing!

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The snow was blowing while I was taking these pictures, hard to get a clear one!

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Which one is your favourite?

Until next time,

xoxo

Banff Gondola Ride | Part 1

Banff Gondola Ride | Part 1

Hello friends,

Today I wanted to share my experience on the Banff gondola ride. Its just a short drive away from downtown Banff and such an amazing experience. The gondola can sit four comfortably, has a 360 degree view or all the amazingness around you, and it takes you up to 2,281 m (7,486 ft) above sea level! Even though you are inside the gondola going up, dress for the weather. Especially if you go in the winter like I did, because once you get to the top there is an amazing 2 km boardwalk that takes you to the peak of the mountain!

A camera is a definite must.

There is so much to do once you get to the top as well. I was blown away by the ride up, but you’ll be even more in aw once you arrive. The building you go in at the top has a gift shop, a restaurant (fancy and casual), a small movie area where you can watch a 5 minute informational movie about Banff, cool displays set up, and the best is on the top floor where you get an incredible view of everything. There is also a 2 km boardwalk that takes you up to the top of the mountain with an amazing view. You can see the town of Banff from here as well! The boardwalk is lovely, all wooden and taken care of. There are benches along the way and different points to stop and look out at.

Overall, if you go to Banff the gondola ride is a must. Any season you go it will be amazing. Here are some pictures of the actual building at the top. Soon to come will be pictures from all the different look off points!

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This is the peak of the mountain you will get to if you do the 2 km boardwalk. I warn you, it gets windy and cold up there so dress warm! The building at the top there is actually pretty cool, you can look inside through the windows and its a little cabin set up.

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You can see the little building again, but you can also see the boardwalk if you look closely.

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Canadian pride right here 🙂

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This picture was taken from the boardwalk and that is the building you arrive at when you get off the gondola.

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Closer view of the building. Here you can see the top floor balcony allowing for a 360 degree view of the mountains. They also have binoculars up there you can use.

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Hope you enjoyed the first half of the pictures from my experience here and are looking forward to part 2!

Until next time,

xoxo

Banff, AB 2016 | Part 1

Banff, AB 2016 | Part 1

Hello friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2016, I sure know I did! To end 2016 I drove to Calgary with my boyfriend and we ended up going to Banff for a day where I got 99% of my pictures from this trip. I just love Banff, I have been there so many times throughout my life and can never get sick of it. Especially in the winter! Oh my it is so beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Anyways, the first pictures I will show you is from the first look off point we went to. The stairs to get to the look off platform was actually closed … but I hopped over and went up anyways! And so did the other families behind us!

This look off was beautiful. There was wood railings all around it and a lovely view of the valley below. In this valley, the main thing people see is this castle like building. I always thought it was a castle when I was little but it is actually the Fairmont Banff Springs! A little ways further up the road is the gondola ride to the top of a mountain, which you can also see from this same look off point. Those pictures will be coming later don’t worry!

So without any more rambling, here are some of the pictures from the look off point!

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Until next time,

xoxo

After the Fall

After the Fall

What is all the hype about? The hype about fall. What happens when fall ends…

Today I went out and walked around my universities botanical gardens and took a few photos. These photos did not capture the colourful fall photos everyone boasts about (including myself), they captured the aftermath if you will.

Where I live, the days are always cloudy this time of year and it is a miracle if we get a day of sunshine. Lots and lots of rain….it is raining as I type this. So why does everyone get hyped up about fall? No one thinks about what comes after…the barren trees and cold weather. Not cold enough so a nice fresh white coat covers the ground but cold enough to keep it rainy and dreary out.

Most people are not a fan of this weather, myself included, however I do find the beauty in nature at all times of the year. Whether the land is barren or flourishing with life, it is beautiful. My walk this morning inspired these photos. Hope you enjoy them and can realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Until next time,

xoxo

Spanish Marina, ON Canada

Spanish Marina, ON Canada

Hello friends,

I grew up an Albertan girl and Alberta will always be home in my heart. My parents both grew up in Ontario though, so we would go back ‘home’ every summer for July and August to spend it with our relatives. When I was a kid I never wanted to be from the town I was born in, weird I know. Its because everyone else was from a different town and I almost felt boring living in the same town I was born in I guess…kids are weird. Now I embrace it though!

Anyways, back to the meaning of this blog post. When we visited Ontario every summer the Spanish Marina was only a 20 minute drive from our camp in a little small town with only one stop light and no grocery store. We use to go to the marina in Spanish and eat breakfast and then walk up the massive stair case to see the big windmill, which is now out of service (sadly). We thought it was the coolest thing ever and I still do. I love walking up and down the docks looking at all the amazing boats people have there. Lots of large sail boats that had the coolest names printed on the back.

I just wanted to share a few pictures from this marina because it is the only real marina I have been too and I know its small, but to childhood me it was ‘the shit’ haha

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This first picture is my favourite. It was taken when I was just starting out with my new ‘fancy’ camera. I loved the boats and how their reflections showed in the calm water.

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This is taken from the first stair case on the way to the big windmill.

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At the top of the big hike up the millions of stairs! Such a beautiful day at the entrance to Lake Huron.

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The waters were so so calm on this day. That is when you know it is the perfect day to go out into the big water (Lake Huron), as we use to call it when I was a kid….who am I kidding, we still call it that! I love every moment out on these waters. I have been going out on them since I was a young duckling and I hope to carry this tradition on when I have kids too… in many many years though!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and the few pictures; they really do this place no justice. It is beautiful and hopefully us humans keep it that way. I really suggest visiting any of the great lakes because they are truly a wonder of the world. People from everywhere come here and I use to always take it for granted having them a 20 minute boat ride from my camps dock.

Until next time,

xoxo

Fall in the Annapolis Valley

Fall in the Annapolis Valley

Hello friends,

Sorry its been a while since i’ve written, the last few weeks of school have been insane! I am happy to say that my ‘hell weeks’ are almost over with though, with next week being the last of them … well one can hope. Anyways that is not what I wanted to write about today.

As you may or may not know, depending where you are in the world, fall has arrived in North America. I absolutely love fall time… although I say that whenever a new season begins. Fall has become a trendy time of year with everything from pumpkin spice to warm cozy sweaters to chunky blanket scarfs. And I am not opposed to any of these things.. I love them all. But, one of my favourite things about fall is all the colours of the leaves, so stunning! Growing up in northern Alberta I had falls with basically only yellow colours. The falls there are also really short, so all the leaves change to yellow then fall off and boom you have a few feet of snow on the ground.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a winter girl and I love snow, but I also like longer fall seasons which the Annapolis Valley has! Nova Scotia falls are so beautiful. They get all the colours of fall that you expect like red and orange…..obsessed. This is such a beautiful place to see at anytime of year, but the falls here will blow you away. They also have really cool pumpkin patches everywhere and corn mazes. I love how the valley really transitions into this season and how they have so many decorative and festive layouts all over.

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Old train tracks that use to be used to transport goods, but have been out of service for quite sometime as you can tell!

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Beautiful red vines on a chain link fence… bet you couldn’t tell this was a fence!

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Red vines growing over small shrubs and trees. Looks beautiful as they intertwine with the green and yellow leaves.

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What you see as you walk along the dykes lining the Bay of Fundy.

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View from the balcony of my apartment… love waking up to this every morning.

I highly recommend coming to visit Nova Scotia if you haven’t been here yet. Its a small province, all you need is a few days to tour around and sight see. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Till next time, xoxo

The Bay of Fundy, NS Canada

The Bay of Fundy, NS Canada

Hello friends,

I am currently in my fourth year of university and have lived in the same small town throughout these years. I am one of those people who wanted to spread their wings and fly if you know what I mean. Most of the people I graduated high school with went to school in the same province or one province over….while I literally went to the other side of Canada. I get asked the question “Why did you want to go there?” so often its not even funny. My answer: I want to see the world. I know I am still in Canada, but growing up and living in the same town in Northern Alberta my whole life got a little boring. I want to explore the world and see/experience everything I can. In future posts I will be talking about places I would like to go…so leave any suggestions below!

Anyways back to the post … I have learnt a lot about the Bay of Fundy while being here and living literally right next to it. My current apartment balcony overlooks the bay and I absolutely love this! It means that I get to watch the amazing tides come in and out and also the absolutely stunning sunrises and sunsets. Not sure if you knew this, but the Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the World. They occur twice daily and move 160 billion tonnes of seawater in and out each time!

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Random place to sit along the dikes.

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Sunrise in fall. This was just after 7 am and the colours were absolutely stunning. I had to run and grab my phone quick! The intense colours of the sunrises and sunsets here do not last long!

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This is a sunset taken in winter. I always wondered what would happen to the tidal movements when winter came, but obviously this water moves too much to freeze!

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Late night walk along the dikes. During high tide the brackish waters cover the vegetation!

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Sunset walk in the fall. Love how the light literally lights up the grass.

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By the way, sorry for the worse quality pictures they were all taken on my phone!

One of the down faults of living on the bay is the weather…it can get pretty yucky. Living in a costal environment means that there are periods where the sun barley shines. I absolutely hate this! Where I grew up its sunny a lot..even in the long, cold winters. So, living in a place where the sun disappears for bits of time actually effects my mood. I get sad and unmotivated during these times and I don’t enjoy feeling like that. So its safe to say I won’t be living in a coastal climate when I settle down!

Here is a link where you can learn about the Bay of Fundy tides! Click me!

Until next time, xoxo