A visit to Canmore is well worth it

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This article was published 20/08/2021 (405 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With the Canada-U.S. border closed, our plans to visit relatives in the U.S. were postponed and we had to think of some alternatives.

Luckily, my husband has an aunt Joan who lives in Canmore, Alta., and we thought that would make a nice alternative – and it did not disappoint.

We followed the Trans-Canada Highway and made some interesting stops along the way, such as Indian Head, Sask., with its fabulous bakery and Moose Jaw, where we lucked out on a last minute, reasonably priced hotel stay at the Temple Gardens spa resort.

Photo by Lisa Lagasse The views in Canmore are hard to beat, especially for flatlanders from the Prairies.

There we enjoyed the mineral spa pool and also took a tour of the famous Al Capone tunnels that were used to ship booze during prohibition. Moose Jaw also boasts a very cute and old-fashioned downtown area with nice shops and restaurants.

Moving westward, we stopped in Lethbridge, Alta., to visit some friends and had a chance to purchase some Dutch treats at a European shop close to our hotel. From there, the scenery, which resembled that of South Dakota, only got more spectacular. Our stop in Nanton, Alta., was a real treat, with its lined antique shops and Bragg Creek was something like out of the movies.

Canmore proved to be spectacular and only a few short miles away from Banff and Lake Louise. Aunt Joan’s place was breathtaking, with full-on views of the “Three Sisters” mountains.

Canmore feels like an alpine resort while being quaint, cozy and quiet at the same time. It reminded me of Switzerland. We visited a beautiful store called Stone Waters, owned by Joan’s brother. We rented some e-bikes and went on a 60-kilometre round-trip to Banff where we had a delicious lunch at Coyotes. We also went up the gondola, which was not really my thing, as I am terrified of heights, but the restaurant at the top was fabulous.

Fortunately, Joan kept me distracted with a phone call on the way down. We spent one night in Lake Louise but be warned, this is one busy place and there are few restaurants or shops in the area.

The best time to visit the lake is in the evening because it is far less congested. Unfortunately, the view was clouded by smoke.

We managed to take a short drive to Takkakaw Falls, B.C. which is another scenic drive. On the way back home, we stopped in Drumheller for a taste of the Canadian badlands and dinosaur history.

While the scenery and sights were impressive, it was the company and visits that will remain memorable. Joan, her brother Mike, their dogs and our friends in Lethbridge were most accommodating and gracious.

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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