Canadian Rockies: Sundance Canyon hike + seeing old friends

by | Oct 19, 2017 | International Travel, Travel

We landed late into Calgary and had to wait a bit for the shuttle van to the hotel but the welcome sign was cheerful!

landing in Calgary - YYC

Woke up early to meet our friends Jay & Anne who drove us to our rental car place. After picking up our car we continued to downtown Calgary for breakfast at Cosmic Cantina, a quirky little place with mismatched mugs and greasy breakfast offerings. It would probably fit in well in Asheville.

We discussed a few hiking options over our meal and decided on the Sunshine Village gondola.  When we arrived to a not-full parking lot it became clear why… all of the upper trails were closed. At least we saw some big horn sheep.

bighorn sheep and landscape

Instead of paying for a gondola ride for just one viewpoint we deferred to Sundance Canyon instead. It was a mostly flat 5 mile RT hike and after the waterfall we took a break for a fantastic picnic of meats, cheeses and fresh fruit that Anne had prepared.

Jay, Anne, Leandra, and Eric

picnic on Sundance Canyon hike

Sundance Canyon hike

After a quick stop to wander around the gorgeous Fairmont Banff Springs, we headed back to Canmore and put our name in for a table at the busy Grizzly Bear Brewing Co. While we were waiting we took a stroll along Spring Creek Boardwalk which looked rather moody in the building haze of smoke.

Canmore Riverside Trail @ sunset

Hiking was fun, but it was even better to have spent the day with friends we hadn’t seen in two (!) years – we were glad they could come down to see us for the day.

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