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Alberta, Canada

I spent a few days in the gorgeous towns of Canmore and Banff last week with my family. The first day was inundated with low hanging clouds, light rain and snow. We took it easy with a hike on the Grassi Lakes Trail, and as soon as we reached the lake the snow started falling. It was like being inside the most wonderful snow globe. The next few days the skies cleared up and we were treated with delicious views of snow capped mountains surrounding us wherever we went (but it was still cold af).

We stayed in the town of Canmore because Banff had no vacancy (and was a bit pricier). Canmore was a good choice because it was less crowded, had less tourists, and the town was just as postcard-worthy. It also had amazing food. We had an extremely satisfying meal at Crazyweed Kitchen on our first night. It was so nice we went twice (back on our third night).

Wish we had more days to spend there so we could hike to more lakes, but I was happy just to be there, and the few days we were there were amazing. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Vivian, for planning such a lovely trip. #BlessedAF

Moroccan Lamb Sirloin, roasted beet hummus, mint-walnut gremolata crispy beet, goat feta
Moroccan Lamb Sirloin, roasted beet hummus, mint-walnut gremolata crispy beet, goat feta from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Char Sui Pork Belly, tahini dijon, granny smith apple, lime, peanuts, cilantro, mint chili from Crazy Weed Kitchen
Char Sui Pork Belly, tahini dijon, granny smith apple, lime, peanuts, cilantro, mint chili from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Swoon Worthy warm Date Cake - bourbon butter sauce, orange cardamom ice cream from Crazy Weed Kitchen
Swoon Worthy warm Date Cake – bourbon butter sauce, orange cardamom ice cream from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Waterfall on the way to Grassi Lakes
Waterfall on the way to Grassi Lakes

 

Grassi Lakes
Grassi Lakes

 

Blockalicious Burger - Alberta Beef House patty, pork belly, roasted tomatoes, onion compote, Japanese mayo, smoked cheddar - from Block Kitchen & Bar
Blockalicious Burger – Alberta Beef House patty, pork belly, roasted tomatoes, onion compote, Japanese mayo, smoked cheddar – from Block Kitchen & Bar in Banff

 

Red Curry Ramen from Block Kitchen & Bar
Red Curry Ramen from Block Kitchen & Bar in Banff

 

Pulled Duck Poutine from Block Kitchen & Bar
Pulled Duck Poutine from Block Kitchen & Bar in Banff

 

Johnston Canyon
Johnston Canyon

 

Chocolate cake after hiking in Johnston Canyon
Chocolate cake after hiking in Johnston Canyon

 

Bison & Brie burger at Johnston Canyon
Bison & Brie burger at Johnston Canyon

 

Grilled Avocado - elote style corn, chili, lime, feta, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, coal salt - from Blake
Grilled Avocado – elote style corn, chili, lime, feta, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, coal salt – from Blake in Canmore

 

Ramen Cacio e Pepe - pecorino, garlic, roasted black pepper, olive oil, egg yolk - from Blake in Canmore
Ramen Cacio e Pepe – pecorino, garlic, roasted black pepper, olive oil, egg yolk – from Blake in Canmore

 

The Scoopin' Moose ice cream on a waffle cone - from The Scoopin' Moose in Canmore
The Scoopin’ Moose ice cream on a waffle cone – from The Scoopin’ Moose in Canmore

 

The Scoopin' Moose ice cream on a waffle cone - from The Scoopin' Moose in Canmore
The Scoopin’ Moose ice cream on a waffle cone – from The Scoopin’ Moose in Canmore

 

Ultimate rigatoni bolognese, Broek Pork Acres chorizo, organic cherry tomatoes seasoned bread crumbs, & parmesan - from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore
Ultimate rigatoni bolognese, Broek Pork Acres chorizo, organic cherry tomatoes seasoned bread crumbs, & parmesan – from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Crab & Corn Fundido, goat gouda, asiago, cilantro, lime, corn chips - from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore
Crab & Corn Fundido, goat gouda, asiago, cilantro, lime, corn chips – from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Forest Mushroom pizza - cremini, truffle, pesto, arugula, picked garlic, parm - from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore
Forest Mushroom pizza – cremini, truffle, pesto, arugula, picked garlic, parm – from Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore

 

Macadamia & white chocolate cookie at Lake Louise
Macadamia & white chocolate cookie at Lake Louise

 

Same cookie going up the trail to Lake Agnes
Same cookie going up the trail to Lake Agnes

 

Peanut butter & strawberry jam sandwich from Lake Agnes Teahouse
Peanut butter & strawberry jam sandwich from Lake Agnes Teahouse

 

Looking out onto Lake Agnes
Looking out onto Lake Agnes

 

So sexy on Lake Louise
So sexy on Lake Louise

 

Canoeing on Lake Louise
Canoeing on Lake Louise

 

Lake Louise canoe crew - me, Viet, Vivian
Lake Louise canoe crew – me, Viet, Vivian

 

Trail to Boom Lake
Trail to Boom Lake

 

Little friend waiting for me at Book Lake
Little friend waiting for me at Boom Lake

 

Open faced Croque Monsieur from Le fournil Bakery in Canmore
Open faced Croque Monsieur from Le fournil Bakery in Canmore

 

Safeway carrot muffin and our view from the VRBO rental
Safeway carrot muffin and our view from the VRBO rental

 

One last walk through Canmore
One last walk through Canmore

 

Final meal in Canada at YYC inside the Aspire Lounge
Final meal in Canada at YYC inside the Aspire Lounge

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