Canada Day 7: Banff to Calgary

With a check out and transfer time of 1200, we could have a leisurely morning at the hotel. The breakfast lounge was full, but there was a separate room available, which just meant a longer walk between the table and the buffet, to use up one or two extra calories.

We’d organised a Blacklane transfer to Calgary as, with three heavy bags between us (one of which had been broken by the Kamloops hotel), other ways of getting to Calgary would have been much harder. We soon left the Rockies behind us and the scenery became flatter as we travelled along National Highway 1. At one point, not far from Calgary, the road was being widened and it was interesting to see the different construction and simpler temporary traffic management. Unlike British motorways (and me), the National Highway 1 was relatively straight but along much of the length between Banff and Calgary was only two lanes wide in each direction.

On arrival at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in Calgary, we were directed to our room which partially overlooked the railway lines behind the hotel. This was the old Canadian Pacific station hotel, although only freight generally passes through now (quite often it turns out!).

We’d arranged to meet our friend Andrew, who we’d met at the spa in Banff, at Crescent Heights. This is an escarpment on the edge of the city which provides fantastic views of the city and the distant Rockies. On our way, we passed through a park which was populated by dozens of black squirrels.

At Crescent Heights we met Andrew and his friendly dog, Etienne, and went for a walk along the edge of the escarpment. The houses alongside were exceptional and some were very desirable!

For our evening meal, we had booked to eat at the Ruth’s Chris steakhouse, which was in the lower level of the Calgary tower, right alongside the hotel. A superb steak meal ensued.

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