Vicki and Judi 2017 Xmas travel blog

Morning View of Cascade Mt

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

On our way to High Tea

With Andrea ready for sleigh ride

Sleigh Ride View

Horses and Sleigh

‘Frosted’ Horses

View of Cascade Mt in Late afternoon


Christmas Day - Today was a lazy morning as the bus did not depart until 10:15 for the Banff Springs Hotel. The temperature was a rather chilly -8 but crystal clear and no wind. Andrea, our tour leader, suggested we could leave our coats on the bus as we were going into the hotel for high tea and would not need them. Only when we got into the hotel did we discover she had kept hers on! It was a rather brisk walk from the bus to the hotel entrance! The Banff Springs Hotel was built in the 19th century by the Canadian Railroad and opened for business in 1888, burned in 1926, rebuilt and undergone some remodels including heating being added in 1971! Our high tea was exquisite with each person having their own large pot of tea (our choice of teas) plus of course the usual tea sandwichs, scones and pastries. We had some free time to explore the hotel and the shops before boarding the bus for the Warner Stables and our sleigh ride! Yes sleigh ride in 0F temperatures! The horses had frost on their coats, we were provided ‘hot shot’ hand/foot warmers and blankets! The 45 minute ride was fun, beautiful and just right as our noses were starting to get rather chilled! The views of the mountains were spectacular and we did see a coyote and a herd of big horn sheep (way off in the distance). Back on the bus for the short ride back to the hotel for a hot toddy in front of the window for our last views of Cascade Mt. and a short rest before our last dinner with the Road Scholar group. Dinner was a delicious gourmet buffet at the hotel!! Then off to pack for our last night in Banff! - JC



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