Court and I are back from our mini vacay. I always dread coming home from holidays and getting back into the swing of things. Good times fly by way too fast, hey?
To celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary, we headed off to Canmore and Banff, Alberta. There’s nothing like a long weekend trip to kick off summer! Courts aunt and uncle lent us their house while they were away – a gorgeous home along the Bow River. They’re nice.
Canmore is such a vibrant, fun community – there’s a ton of trails for walking, running and biking, tours, yoga & pilates studios and a brand new rec centre called Elevation Place. It has a climbing wall, pool, gym, library, art gallery, etc. Everyone who lives and vacations there (mostly Calgarians, I presume) is so fit! It’s definitely a wonderland for active living, thats for sure. For those who aren’t familiar with the area, Canmore is located in Kananaskis country – about 40 minutes east of Calgary. (You’ll pass it on the way to Banff.) We prefer Canmore over Banff, actually. It terms of the community’s vibe, it’s more laid back – less touristy and better dining options with a seemingly greater emphasis on local businesses. In Canmore, you feel like you live there. Banff is more like a spectacle.
We rolled into town mid-afternoon on Friday. After unpacking the car, Court set up shop on the patio, and I unrolled my yoga mat for some restoration.
Afterwards, we headed out for a walk along the Bow River before making a detour into downtown to pick up a few goodies.
We were surprised by how warm it was in the Rockies – the temperatures were in the low-mid twenties all weekend! No jackets required.
Our first order of business was Mountain Mercato, a specialty market and cafe. They sell organic raw cheese, pate, seasonal produce, bread, quality olive oil, vinegar, etc. We sampled a few different kinds of oil from Greece and New Zealand, all of which had a spicy kick at the finish.
That’s how you can determine the quality of olive oil! If it’s not peppery, it’s probably no good.
Our next stop was a wine store for a bottle of pinot grigio. We sampled some wine, too. I think It was good? I don’t know much about wine tasting, but it seems like such a serious sport. I always just smile and nod politely when I’m given the backstory about a particular bottle. And then I select one based on the label.
Court and I share a theory that wine connoisseurs are liars. When you can go into detail about 50 different flavours, notes, etc. NO ONE is going to disagree. Really, you can just say whatever you want because you’re the “expert”. Right?!
We had a sushi date scheduled for Chef Studio Japan that night, so we headed back to the house to get ready. And by getting ready, I mean drinking wine on the deck.
It tasted light and crisp with notes of honey and lavender. I detected a subtle vanilla flavour too, which balanced the overall bright and fruity aroma… See what I just did there? Something to think about next time you’re at a wine tasting.
Dinner was, in a word, heaven. Court and I love sushi, and we always make a point of dining at Chef Studio whenever we’re in Canmore. They make an insane yam tempura roll, unlike any other yam roll we’ve experienced. It’s definitely a “treat” – I felt like I’d downed an entire bag of potato chips after two pieces, but it’s worth the splurge.
My favorite part of our meal was a piece of crab claw meat sushi. Real crab is such a rarity in these parts! So good.
After dinner, Court and I waddled back to the house where we changed into our pjs and fell into a black hole: Season 1 of Homeland. OH MY GOODNESS. I’ve been hearing about how awesome this show is, but I didn’t think I’d love it this much. We basically turned into the Battlestar Galactica skit from Portlandia.
Have you been to Canmore or Banff? Which one do you prefer?
What’s your ‘black hole’ TV show? Do you watch Homeland?