InsightsPOSTED October 15, 2018

#Weekending in beautiful Banff

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Mountains and Water

Studies show that people who take part in extra-curricular activities are better problem-solvers and more creative. So, over the summer we’ll share what we like to do in our spare time.

Senior Consultant Melissa Vekil talks about her weekend visit to Alberta.

Although I’ve travelled a lot across the world, I never prioritized exploring Canada. This year, I wanted that to change.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Calgary to visit friends. After a night in the city, we woke up early the next morning and headed straight to the Rockies. Even from a distance, the mountains were breathtaking. Our first stop was Silverton Falls for a short hike – jumping over creeks and branches, we made it to the apex (get it?) for views of the waterfall and surrounding lakes.

Back on the road again, we set our destination to Lake Louise. There are no words that can describe or photos that can capture how magnificent the lake is in real life. It’s hard to peel your eyes away from the aquamarine water and the snow-capped mountains. As we walked around the perimeter of the lake, we spotted canoers braving the icy weather. It’s on my bucket list for my next visit!

Lake Louise

Mel at Lake Louise

Once our fingers and toes started to go numb, we hurried into the majestic Fairmont hotel for a glass of red wine that warmed us right up.

Next was a visit to nearby Moraine Lake. Though smaller and lesser known, this glacially-fed lake is also an unbelievable shade of blue green. After braving a photo on a log jutting out to the water, we hiked the rockpile (literally, a pile of rocks) for another amazing view.

Mel at  Moraine Lake

Our last stop of the weekend was in Banff, a bustling ski town with bars, restaurants and novelty shops, where we indulged in tacos and cocktails at the popular Mexican joint Magpie & Stump.

Beautiful views, thrilling hikes and great food– it was a weekend to remember. I can’t wait to see more of Canada!

Melissa Vekil is a Senior Consultant at APEX Public Relations. Check out more of our #Weekending series to see what we do on our weekends.