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Beautiful Banff – a journey to and around the city

Beautiful-Banff

Banff, Alberta – a gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, resort town and national park rolled into one destination – and a place that offers some of the most stunning views in North America.

(Don’t worry; there are photos to prove this.)

While keeping up with our customers on Instagram we met Marco (@marcotjokro), a hotelier currently working in Bali who took the opportunity to travel around Canada while visiting his brother with his parents and cousin. We caught up with Marco after leaving Banff and had to share some of these photos with you!

Kicking things off in Vancouver, Marco and his family hopped on board a Banff-bound bus.

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“The front row seat is always the best!” – Marco

“The front row seat is always the best!” – Marco

After a long-haul flight the day before, Marco and his family boarded the 6:30 a.m. bus to Banff, and were soon greeted with exceptional views of the Rocky Mountain Range and Glaciers.

Crossing the Frasier River.

Crossing the Frasier River.

Panoramic views of lake and fields

Panoramic views of lake and fields.

“We stopped over in a small town to pick up some customers and parcels,” Marco said. “As the time went on, the views got much better, and with the help of the on-board Wi-Fi system I was able to post some pictures on my Instagram.”

A quick stop in Sicamous.

A quick stop in Sicamous.

After a quick bite to eat, the family made it to Banff.

Talk about a great window view.

Talk about a great window view.

“My first thought – it was a paradise, for me at least,” Marco said. “Temperatures were around 10˚ to 20˚ Celsius (50˚ to 70˚ Fahrenheit), we were surrounded by mountains and I loved the lodge’s traditional architecture. It makes you feel like you’re in a different world.”

Just a few miles outside of Banff.

Just a few miles outside of Banff.

Good morning, Banff!

Good morning, Banff!

On the itinerary for the first full day in Banff:  Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Athabasca Glacier and the Glacier Skywalk.

“My biggest motivation for traveling is ‘to see and to learn.’ This quote has changed my life in so many ways, it gives me a passion to explore,” Marco said. “Begin with learning about new cultures and people, as well as seeing some amazing landscape and architecture around the world. You will never truly understand the beauty of nature and people until you step outside your house and start exploring.”

Mirrored mountains and sky off at Bow Lake.

Mirrored mountains and sky off at Bow Lake.

 “This place makes me want to stay there forever, the view is just breathtakingly gorgeous, I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Marco said.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

“Lake Louise was probably the most memorable part on my holiday as I’ve been dreaming of this place for a long time,” Marco said. “The first time I saw the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise, I decided that I will go here someday and it just happened.”

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

"We were just admiring the views, no words can describe it.” -Marco

“We were just admiring the views, no words can describe it.” -Marco

Marco’s advice for your next trip to this resort town?

“Go to Banff Gondola – they said you could see the town of Banff from above and it should be amazing,” he said. “Also, go to Lake Louise, visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy your supper with an absolute majestic view. Don’t forget to visit Bow Lake. If you arrive at the right time you could see the mountains and sky with a 100 percent identical mirror in the water. Lastly, the town of Banff has several really nice restaurants, try one of them.”

So, who else is ready for a road trip to Banff? We know we are!

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