Revelstoke was covered in snow and some garages (and houses) were literally buried in snow. The city roads were fenced on both sides by massive piles of snow that even covered some of the street signs. The snow was so high that driving there was like driving through a massive white maze – it was something else! We knew we didn’t want to stay in Revelstoke, but we parked the car to take the dogs for a little walk. We happened to park in front of this toy store with a puppet chef in the window. It was so hilarious, I just had to buy it! It came with a tag that says his name is "Alfredo ‘Al’ Dente" and that he once won a Hallowe’en costume contest by wearing a suit made entirely of pasta.
After having dinner, we were going to drive to nearby Three Valley Gap and decide from there if we’d continue on to Kelowna or not. But we had to turn back not even two minutes from Revelstoke because the highway was closed past that point due to an accident. (For the most part, the roads were astonishingly good from Calgary to Revelstoke.) We decided to drive back all the way to Banff and stay there for the night, but just past Field it got very windy and it felt like we were floating on the road. We ended up getting a room at the Kicking Horse Lodge in Field – the dogs were only $20 extra ;-)
In the morning we left to Banff. We found out that we could leave our dogs at Guest Services at the Banff Springs Hotel and they would watch them for us. Behind the hotel staff residences are a whole bunch of paths and walkways (in the middle of the trees) that we walked our dogs through to tire them out a bit before we left them in foreign hands. And then… we feasted on the Buffet! ;-) The buffet was amazing, as it always is at the Banff Springs. it’s definitely not cheap, but it’s unquestionably worth the price.
After perusing the town shops and strolling through the park, it was time to drive back to Calgary. Needless to say, it was a great weekend and a wonderful trip. (For those of you unfamiliar with the area, there’s some really neat photos and lots of information if you click through all the links.)