Staying in Mount Engadine Lodge for the evening turned out to be the right alternative to decelerate and profit from our lovely surroundings in Alberta.
Our highway journey by way of this beautiful a part of Canada to date had been pretty packed and having a day with no plans however to drink wine and absorb these views was much-welcome and enormously appreciated.
I awoke the subsequent morning with an additional spring in my step, partly as we have been be heading off snowboarding in Banff however largely as a consequence of having had an incredible evening’s sleep.
After breakfast, we chucked our baggage into the automotive and made our manner over to Sunshine Village, in Banff.
After which one thing I’d needed to expertise in Canada lastly occurred – we discovered ourselves our very first moose!
It was simply grazing on the facet of the highway (which is why they are saying to drive slowly in these components so that you don’t hit one) and was a kind of “blink-and-you’d-miss-it” moments.
Fortunately, Lloyd’s eagle eyes meant he’d noticed the moose from a distance and slowed down early sufficient so we didn’t startle it.
I’d by no means actually cared about moose earlier than till I noticed a video and realised how enormous and spectacular they have been. Since then, I’d been looking out and by some means hadn’t managed to in years till this very second!
It was well worth the wait although. 😀
Operating late, we began the automotive and carried on our journey over to Banff, nonetheless using excessive on the joys of lastly having discovered our first wild moose in Canada.
The primary time we visited Sunshine Village (I’ve obtained a video from that arising quickly on YouTube and Fb), it was snowing so closely and the visibility was fairly poor (which really ended up making for such a enjoyable day of snowshoeing by way of the mountains).
This time, nevertheless, it was brilliant, clear and sunny!
We hit the slopes right away, making our manner by way of the runs (it was really our first time snowboarding right here – we didn’t final time) and shortly deciding on favorite runs to return to.
It was simply such an incredible morning/afternoon right here – a lot in order that it wasn’t till that acquainted rumbling of my tummy returned that I realised we hadn’t had lunch but.
With that, we headed over to one of many eating places on the slopes for Lloyd’s obligatory poutine repair, barbeque ribs for myself and a facet of buffalo wings to share.
We then proceeded to spend the remainder of the afternoon snowboarding to our coronary heart’s content material till ultimately, our weary legs lastly prompted us that it was time to name it a day and head into Banff.
In Banff, we checked into the newly refurbished Mount Royal Resort and simply kicked backed within the rooftop sizzling tub until time for dinner.
Time for supper noticed us at Chuck’s Steakhouse which is one spot I extremely advocate for all meat-eaters (there’s stuff for non-meat eaters too, after all, however it’s a steakhouse in spite of everything so I really feel the meat-eater will discover themselves very completely satisfied right here).
We began the night by deciding on which kind of steak we needed – Lloyd I went for the Wagyu to share…
…earlier than kick-starting the meal with a Caesar Salad (created from scratch – dressing included), proper in entrance of you.
The meat, served with a facet of fries and potato gratin, was all the pieces I’d hoped it could be (ordering Wagyu beef, the tenderness was a giant one for me and it didn’t disappoint *licks lips*).
Alas, with all that beef, desert shortly went out of the window as we left the restaurant so stuffed we couldn’t take one other chunk. Dessert is often my favorite a part of the meal however with that deliciously cooked beef, I had completely no regrets about this. 😀
And with that, we determined to name it an evening, hoping for good climate for the subsequent day which might hopefully see us doing one thing I’d needed to in Alberta for fairly a very long time. 😀